2016 Piaggio MP3 500ie Review

2016 Piaggio MP3 500ie Review

Editor Score: 85.5% Engine 17.0/20 Suspension/Handling 14.0/15 Transmission/Clutch 8.0/10 Brakes 7.0/10 Instruments/Controls 4.0/5 Ergonomics/Comfort 8.5/10 Appearance/Quality 9.0/10 Desirability 9.0/10 Value 9.0/10 Overall Score 85.5/100 Maybe somebody beat you with a kickstand when you were a child, and you carry an irrational fear of them? Let it go, with the MP3 you can relax, you don’t need one. With a little practice, you can flip the right-thumb button inward just as you’re coming to a stop,…

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2015 EICMA: Piaggio Medley

2015 EICMA: Piaggio Medley

More news from the Piaggio camp at EICMA 2015 is the Medley scooter. However, it is not slated to come to the U.S. Powered by Piaggio’s new iGet 125cc and 150cc electronically fuel injected, liquid-cooled, four-valve engines, the Medley comes standard with the “Start & Stop” feature, which shuts the engine off at stops to help improve fuel economy. With its large diameter wheels, the Medley should provide superior handling compared to similar scooters in…

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2015 EICMA: Piaggio Liberty ABS

2015 EICMA: Piaggio Liberty ABS

After 18 years and 900,000 units sold, the Piaggio Liberty ABS has been refreshed with new engines, new ergonomics, new active safety systems, and new lines to go with the larger diameter wheels. The Liberty ABS sees the first application of Piaggio’s new iGet engines. The iGet engines were designed with reliability, economy and emissions as its primary objectives, and are available in both air- and liquid-cooled versions. For the Liberty, three engine configurations –…

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Piaggio Group Previews EICMA 2015

Piaggio Group Previews EICMA 2015

EICMA 2015 gets underway next week, and the Piaggio Group is set to unveil many new models on this, its 130th year of operation. Already, the brand is previewing a select few of these models as a taste of what’s to come. First off, Moto Guzzi is introducing the V9. It boasts a 850cc engine and shaft drive, and will come in two variants: the V9 Bobber (seen in the lead photo), which is directly…

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Piaggio Forms New Urban Mobility Think Tank

Piaggio Forms New Urban Mobility Think Tank

The Piaggio Group has created a new company with some of the brightest young minds out of Harvard and MIT all working to improve urban mobility. Piaggio Fast Forward will work out of Cambridge, Mass., bringing together students  from different backgrounds and disciplines to research solutions to today’s transportation problems and meet the demands of the future, especially as cites become more complex and densely populated. In a sense, the new company is following Piaggio’s…

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Armani And Piaggio Team Up For Special Vespa 946

Armani And Piaggio Team Up For Special Vespa 946

Taken from a Piaggio/Vespa press release: To mark the 40th anniversary of the foundation of Giorgio Armani, and the 130th birthday of the Piaggio Group in 2015, Emporio Armani has designed a special version of the Vespa 946. In keeping with Armani’s signature subdued color palette, the 946 features a special combination of greys with subtle hints of green visible only under certain light conditions. According to Vespa’s press release, the metal parts, produced using…

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Piaggio Files Patent Infringement Complaint Against Yamaha, Peugeot

Piaggio Files Patent Infringement Complaint Against Yamaha, Peugeot

Piaggio has filed complaints with Italian courts alleging Yamaha and Peugeot infringed on the company’s idea for leaning three-wheeled scooters. The legal complaint, filed with the court of Milan, alleges the Yamaha Tricity and Peugeot Metropolis copied Piaggio’s designs and patents used for the MP3. Piaggio seeks a hold on sales and withdrawal from market as well as monetary damages. The Piaggio MP3 was first brought to market in 2006, introducing the company’s parallelogram suspension…

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