We’ve always been fascinated by the Piaggio MP3 500, the claim to fame for which is its ability to lean up to 40 degrees despite having two front wheels. Capable of a top speed of 89 mph, the MP3 500 also returns 56 mpg and is capable of braking in 20% less distance compared to its two-wheeled brethren. This, in conjunction with the underseat storage, makes it an interesting and distinctive option for those of you looking for around-town runabouts.
The leaning suspension can actually be locked with the push of a button, and there’s also a handbrake to keep it secured when parked. But what makes this scoot enjoyable is the surprising power – 40 hp and 32 lb-ft of torque. Our only gripe is probably the CVT, but with three wheels it seems that this bike was always intended beginner-friendly option.
This specific Piaggio MP3 500 is in the rarer maroon color, and has covered just 5,400 miles. It’s completely stock, with the exception of a top box which looks to be like some sort of Givi clone to our untrained eyes.
Find this Piaggio MP3 500 for sale here on Craigslist for $5,300 in Reno, Nevada.