Official: New 350cc Piaggio MP3 | EICMA 2017

John Milbank, BikeSocial Consumer Editor
By John Milbank
BikingMilbank BikeSocial Consumer Editor, John owns a BMW S1000XR, Honda Grom and a 1999 Kawasaki ZX-6R. He's as happy tinkering in the workshop as he is on twisty backroads, and loves every bike ever built (except one). He's bought three CBR600s, a KTM 1050 Adventure, Yamaha MT-10, two Ducati Monsters, several winter hacks, three off-roaders, a supermoto pit bike, a Honda Vision 50 and built his own custom XSR700. 

 

 

The MP3 was the world’s first three-wheel scooter, designed to offer the convenience of a large scooter with the extra safety and stability of a patented suspension system that supports a pair of front wheels, and can be ridden with a car licence.

 

Piaggio MP3 350

 

The 350cc motor replaces the existing 300, while the 500 has around a 10% increase in performance. Both bikes have Continental ABS and switchable traction control, with 13” front wheels that independently tilt on aluminium linking arms, and can be locked off when at a standstill, eliminating the need to put the stand down (though there is one). The lock releases when you pull away or press a button on the bars.

Both machines have a new windscreen, saddle and styling, while the Business version of the 500 has a TomTom Vio sat-nav as standard, and the Sport has new rear shocks.

 

Piaggio MP3 350

 

SPECIFICATION: Piaggio MP3 350

 

Engine

Single-cylinder 4-stroke

Displacement

278 cm3

Bore x Stroke

78 mm x 69 mm

Power

n/a

Torque

n/a

Distribution

Single overhead cam shaft (SOHC) with 4 valves and roller tappets

Fuel system

Electronic injection

Ignition

Electronic with inductive exhaust and variable advance integrated in the injection CPU. Closed loop system with Lambda probe for the exhaust. Electronic immobilizer, block of injection pump when the vehicle is tilted. Traction control (ASR)

Cooling

Liquid

Lubrication

Dry sump

Starter

Electric with oil-bath free wheel

Transmission

CVT with torque server

Clutch

Centrifugal multi plate wet clutch

Frame

Double cradle in high strength tubular steel

Front suspension

Articulated quadrilateral - Stroke: 85 mm. Electro-hydraulic suspension blocking system.

Rear suspension

Dual hydraulic shock absorber with pre-adjusted spring in one of 4 positions - Stroke: 106 mm

Front brakes

Two 258 mm discs

Rear brake

240 mm Ø disc

Brakes

ABS with braking integrated with the pedal

Front wheel

Aluminium alloy 13" x 3.00

Rear wheel

Aluminium alloy 14" x 3.75

Front brakes

Tubeless 110/70-13”

Rear brake

Tubeless 140/60-14''

Length/Width

2,225 mm / 800 mm

Wheelbase

1,500 mm

Saddle height

790 mm

Fuel tank

12 litres (including 1.8 litre reserve)

Approval

Euro 4

 

 

SPECIFICATION: Piaggio MP3 500 hpe Sport and Business

 

Engine

MASTER hpe 4-stroke single cylinder

Displacement

493 cm3

Bore x Stroke

94 x 71 mm

Power

n/a

Torque

n/a

Distribution

Single overhead cam shaft (SOHC) with 4 valves and roller tappets

Fuel system

Electronic injection

Ignition

Electronic with inductive exhaust and variable advance integrated in the injection CPU. Closed loop system with Lambda probe for the exhaust. Electronic immobilizer, block of injection pump when the vehicle is tilted. Twin spark ignition. Dual map for throttle valve management (STD and ECO). Traction control (ASR)

Cooling

Liquid

Lubrication

Wet sump

Starter

Electric

Transmission

CVT with torque server

Clutch

Automatic, centrifugal dry clutch

Frame

Double cradle in high strength tubular steel

Front suspension

Articulated quadrilateral - Stroke: 85 mm. Electro-hydraulic suspension blocking system.

Rear suspension

Dual hydraulic shock absorber with pre-adjusted spring in one of 4 positions - Stroke: 108 mm

Front brakes

Two 258 mm discs

Rear brake

240 mm Ø disc

Front wheel

Aluminium alloy 13" x 3.00

Rear wheel

Aluminium alloy 14" x 4.50

Brakes

ABS with braking integrated with the pedal

Front tyres

Tubeless 110/70-13”

Rear tyre

Tubeless 140/70-14''

Length/Width

2,225 mm / 800 mm

Wheelbase

1,500 mm

Saddle height

790 mm

Fuel tank

12 litres (including 1.8 litre reserve)

Approval

Euro 4

 

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