2014 Piaggio MP3 LT – First Look


Three wheels made even more attractive and fun.

December 10, 2013 By   SOURCE:  Cycle World

2014 Piaggio MP3 Yourban LT 300 studio 3/4 view

MP3, the three-wheeler that tilts its front wheels and leans into corners like a motorcycle, is one of the smartest vehicles that Piaggio has ever produced. Rain or shine, the MP3 will never backfire on you; I can’t think of a safer “two-wheel” urban commuter. In fact, the MP3 responds like it has just two wheels, and that is where the fun starts. In poor weather conditions, this nimble, narrow-track machine remains absolutely surefooted, with solid directional stability, safe steering response, and great stopping power from its triple-disc brake system.

On a wet and very cold afternoon in Berlin, with a mix of rain and snow making the stone-paved Unter den Linden shine, I was testing the Gilera Fuoco, a more aggressive-looking 500cc derivative of the MP3, when a guy aboard a BMW R1200GS passed me. When we approached a wide roundabout, I easily out-braked him and, while still leaned over, opened the throttle, causing the rear tire to slide. I countersteered to control the drift then slowed just to see the astonished look on the other guy’s face. That was a lot of fun, but it also demonstrated how relaxing riding through town can be on the MP3—rain or shine.

Piaggio unveiled the latest, slightly updated version of the MP3 at the EICMA show in Milan, but media attention was focused on the Vespa Primavera. More recently in Paris, the MP3 had the floor all to itself. Paris is a special place for the MP3 because the French capital has the highest concentration of three-wheelers, which are enormously popular for their ability to sneak safely through congested traffic.

2014 Piaggio MP3 Sport LT 500 action shot

For 2014, the MP3 comes in two versions: LT and LT Yourban. LT stands for Large Tread and indicates the MP3 family has undergone an increase in front-wheel track to comply with European regulations that do not require a specific driving license for three-wheeled vehicles with a track greater than 460mm; both MP3s now measure 465mm (18.3 inches). Thus, MP3 is now in an even stronger position in Europe, making it accessible to middle-age motorists who don’t want to spend hours in traffic but would never attempt to get a motorcycle license. Continue reading

Ten Best Bikes 2012


Ten Best Bikes 2012

It’s easy to get onto the Ten Best Bikes List. All you have to do is build a machine that pushes the limits in its class, or pushes the limits of its class, one that performs better, offers more style and gives us everything we want from a motorcycle. See how easy that is?!

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Adventure Bike Comparison – Asphalt Adventurers


 

Full comparison results: http://bit.ly/NKTWE6 Cycle World pits 4 street-oriented ADV bikes against each other. Ducati Multistrada S Touring vs. Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX vs. Triumph Tiger Explorer vs. Yamaha Super Ténéré.

Adventure Bike Crash Course


Words of Wisdom can go a long way…listen and learn..you can never know too much! :-) I love hearing from the experts. I always pick something up that I either forgot or did not know.

A few pointers from an expert for piloting that big adventure bike off-road.

January 12, 2012 By
SOURCE:  CYCLE WORLD

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TEN BEST BIKES FOR 2011


Do you agree with Cycle World’s Ten Best Bikes????????????

Ten Best Bikes 2011

Best Motorcycles of 2011

Cycle World Picks the Ten Best Motorcycles of 2011

Evolution continues, in good times or bad, whether you believe in it or not. Seems like only yesterday we were content as could be to ride along on our dinosaurs and horses, and now look at us. One trend continues in 2011: the shift in motorcycle power from Japan to Europe. Last year, five of our Top Ten came from Japan. This year, only three—and two of those were bones of contention that required significant gnawing. A weak dollar hurts bikes from Europe, but not as much as it’s hurt models manufactured in Japan. Five years ago, the spread between the sporty BMW K1200S and a Kawasaki ZX-10R was about $5K; in 2011, $151 is all that stands between the base BMW S1000RR and a new ZX-10R—and the aftermath of the earthquake that rocked Japan in March isn’t helping matters. If you’re lucky enough to ride one of these great motorcycles, count your blessings. As for us, we were lucky enough to ride all of them. And like Lou Gehrig said, we consider ourselves the luckiest people on the planet.

Best Motorcycles: July 25, 2011
Best Standard:
Kawasaki Z1000
Best Dual-Sport:
Triumph Tiger 800XC
Best Standard: Kawasaki Z1000 Best Dual-Sport: Triumph Tiger 800XC
Best Motorcycles: July 26, 2011
Best Open Streetbike:
Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
Best Cruiser:
Ducati Diavel Carbon
Best Open Streetbike: Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport Best Cruiser: Ducati Diavel Carbon
Best Motorcycles: July 27, 2011
Best Middleweight Streetbike:
Kawasaki ZX-6R
Best Enduro Bike:
Husaberg FE570S
Best Middleweight Streetbike: Kawasaki ZX-6R Best Enduro Bike: Husaberg FE570S
Best Motorcycles: July 28, 2011
Best Motocrosser:
Suzuki RM-Z450
Best Sport-Touring Bike:
BMW K1600GT
Best Motocrosser: Suzuki RM-Z450 Best Sport-Touring Bike: BMW K1600GT
Best Motorcycles: July 29, 2011
Best Touring Bike:
BMW K1600GTL
Best Superbike:
EBR 1190RS
Best Touring Bike: BMW K1600GTL Best Superbike:EBR 1190RS