Are you familiar with the name Piaggio? If you’re like most people, you remember the name from years ago when they were designing some of the most unique looking aircraft that ever graced the skies. Today, they’re still designing vehicles that look like nothing else out there. In the case of the Piaggio MP3 Sport 500, it involves a scooter with two front wheels, one rear wheel and two seats. It doesn’t really look like anything else on the road, and that was exactly the goal that Piaggio set out to accomplish when they designed it.
It Looks Different Because It Is Different
If you think that this is just another run-of-the-mill scooter that has a unique appearance, think again. The truth is, it’s designed differently because it’s one of the most unique examples of this type of vehicle on the road today. For starters, the specially-designed Kayaba shock absorbers and the daytime running lights make this scooter both comfortable to ride and safer, due to increased visibility. It’s clear from the beginning that it was designed to stand out in a crowd. Piaggio didn’t just accidentally create something that would get the attention of everyone who sees it. In fact, quite the opposite is true.
Everything that they decided to do with this scooter was very intentional, a measured decision that was designed to make this one of the most noticeable scooters on the market. The company wanted to design something that would not only get the attention of individuals who saw it, but make them think about it for days on end afterward. As such, they have combined a number of different features from all kinds of similar vehicles, both high-end scooters and those in more affordable categories. The end result is this hybrid that looks like nothing else on the road. More importantly, it doesn’t perform like anything else, either. It really is in a class all his own and just as Piaggio had hoped, it is getting more and more attention with every passing day.
Not For The Faint Of Heart
Make no mistake about it, this is not a scooter designed for the faint of heart. In fact, it has a top speed of 89 miles per hour, more than fast enough to get your heart rate up and keep it there. Fortunately, it also has plenty of stopping power, thanks to its front and rear disc brake systems. Despite performance that could potentially rival some fully enclosed automobiles, it also gets outstanding gas mileage. In fact, it can go 48.8 miles on just a single gallon of gas, something that has a lot of automobile drivers salivating. Even the most fuel-efficient automobiles on the road don’t typically come close to that, unless you’re talking about a hybrid.
Considering that most vehicles do well to get 35 miles per gallon, this is a definite advantage. It’s also a lot more cost-effective at the gas pumps. The gas tank itself only holds 3.2 gallons, so even at gas prices that hover around $3 a gallon, you’re not going to break the bank every time you need to fill it up. That’s another distinct advantage. Just to make sure that you don’t accidentally run out of gas and leave yourself stranded along the side of the road, the scooter also has a built-in reserve tank that holds just under half a gallon of gas. If need be, you can switch to the reserve tank and that should be more than enough to get you to the nearest gas station. It really does seem like Piaggio thought of everything here.
Safety and Performance
Sometimes it’s difficult to find a scooter that offers both top-notch performance and safety. Fortunately, that isn’t the case here. This is a scooter that rides a lot more like a motorcycle, even leaning into the corners just like its two-wheel brethren. That said, it also has a specialized traction control system, anti-lock brakes and an onboard system that locks the wheels when the vehicle is in park and then automatically unlocks them once you are onboard and shift it into gear. Another thing that has made it such a popular option is that it features an automatic transmission, not the standard transmission that most scooters incorporate. This is a huge boost for people that want the freedom of riding a scooter without the need to constantly shift gears. In short, It makes it more user-friendly for people that don’t have a great deal of experience riding these types of vehicles. It’s also a good option for those who have chronic pain or mobility issues which might make shifting on a traditional motorcycle or scooter difficult.
The Best Of Both Worlds
Of course, a scooter that has three wheels is obviously going to offer more stability than a two wheeled scooter or a motorcycle. That is one of the distinct advantages of owning this particular vehicle. The big difference is that most three-wheeled scooters trade a lot in the way of performance in order to provide that extra stability. In this particular case, Piaggio has found a way to maintain that level of performance that is so vitally important for people who love riding open-air vehicles, yet they give it that added level of safety and stability that you don’t see with motorcycles or even with your typical scooter. It’s like they’ve taken the best of both worlds and combined them together in order to create something that is completely different from anything that has ever existed before. This scooter has been generating a great deal of buzz and it’s easy to understand why. It’s even generating interest among people who normally wouldn’t consider such a vehicle. It’s economical, fun-to-drive, comfortable to ride and most importantly, it’s safe. It also has a starting price under $10,000, making it one of the more sought-after vehicles of its type in existence.