Monday, June 30, 2008

First Ride: Piaggio MP3 400 and 500

Piaggio's unique MP3 scooter, with its two wheels in front and one in back, has been turning heads since its introduction as a 250cc model a few years ago. After getting the chance to ride the latest 400cc and 500cc versions, we can confirm that it still causes its fair share of rubber-neckers. As automotive drivers, we wondered if Piaggio's entry into the growing maxi-scooter segment could be a viable car alternative for some consumers, and as motorcycle riders, we wondered how those two-front wheels would feel as we chucked it into some bendy-roads. We found all we wanted to know and more after two days worth of driving through both downtown New York City and the surrounding rural roadways all the way into Connecticut.

We'll get to the riding impressions in a bit; first let's take a walkaround. One major aspect to consider when deciding how practical a scooter will be is storage. The overall usefulness of the vehicle can be greatly impacted if there is not enough room for your objects. Consider, too, if there is a specific place to keep a helmet when you dismount the machine. In the case of the Piaggio MP3, the 400 and 500 versions offer differing takes on the storage conundrum. The 400 would be the obvious choice if you don't want to add any extra cases to your mount, as its under-seat space is ample for most helmets. If more room is needed, topcases are available for both the 400 and 500 models. The 250, which is the original model from Piaggio, offers just as much room as the 400, so keep that in mind when shopping.

How about wind protection? Both models come from Italy with a full front legshield and a small wind deflector. This proves adequate for around-town riding, but expect to feel a bit wind-blown at high speeds. Two optional windscreens were fitted to our test models, one of which looks much like the alien-head from the classic movie franchise. Though odd looking, the touring screen proved the most adept at creating a bubble in which to ride. That large screen also did wonders when we encountered a small patch of rain. The smaller optional screen also did a fine job of deflecting the wind, bugs and road debris that makes hard contact with your person when riding on the highways without a screen. A full-face helmet would be a wise addition if you plan to ride sans-screen.

Piaggio has seen fit to offer two distinct looks for the MP3. The orignal 250's appearance is carried-over to the new 400 model, which the mad-max style from the Euro-only Gilera 500 comes over intact on the 500. We favored the 500's appearance, to be honest, and we also preferred its onboard computer to the 400's. The 500 also offers more options when it comes to the good ole bungee, as its exposed metal frame features plenty of places to attach to. We detected a bit more mirror-shake from the 500, though both models were fairly decent for their 360-degree view. We preferred the instruments from the 500 as well. Either model garners plenty of attention from passers-by, so those who don't like attention might want to look elsewhere.

It's the ride that proved the most enlightening feature of the MP3. We got the chance to hop on the original 250 for a brief spin... to be honest, it proved plenty powerful, even on the highway. The 500cc engine offers noticeably more grunt than the 400, so if passing power is your priority, the choice is pretty easy. The 400 proved to be a tweener model in our eyes, as the 250 offers just as much practicality along with a bit more fuel efficiency. The 500 gets around 60 mpg. This section could be titled, "How I learned to stop worrying and trust the front-end." Those riders used to a single contact patch in the front may find some trepidation when it comes to leaning the MP3 deep into a corner. We found that there is no need to worry, as the deep scrapes from the center stand will attest to. Contact with the pavement from hard-parts proved extremely easy, though there is plenty of lean-angle. Another benefit to the dual front wheels appears when braking. We had no trouble at all locking up the rear brake, but it's the front set that delivers the real stopping power. As with most two-wheelers, braking through corners makes the MP3 want to "stand up," so set your pace before the entry point and power out the other end. We had a great deal of fun with this approach, and the MP3 does nothing but inspire confidence. When rolling to a stop, a button press on the right handgrip allows the MP3 to lock into an upright position.

In the end, the pick of the litter would have to be the 500. Though it offers slightly less storage, it makes up for this shortcoming with adequate power and great looks. We'd recommend adding a topcase to the rear and would also consider an optional windshield for touring use, though a full-face helmet would likely be enough for most circumstances. We can think of no better scooters for around town errand running, for the commute to work or for past riders looking to rejoin the world of two-wheelers (ok, three-wheelers). Nobody missed the MP3s on the roadways, as their size and unique presence makes them highly visible. As with all scooters and motorcycles, though, be sure to get the proper training and always gear-up with a good helmet and riding apparel. When ridden properly and under the right circumstances, the Piaggio MP3 seems to offer a compelling alternative to the maxi-scooter norm and even midsize motorcycles.

Piaggio MP3-250, MP3-400, and MP3-500 Scooters are in stock

The PIAGGIO MP3 500 uses innovative technology and premium cycle components to re-invent the very concept of the scooter. With two front wheels and one at the rear, the PIAGGIO MP3 500 is sure to turn heads wherever it goes; its dynamic design offers unparalleled stability to provide an unprecedented riding experience.


The MP3 500 ie, which shares the same technological platform as the revolutionary original MP3, delivers show-stopping looks, incredible performance and the X factor that makes it stand out from other anonymous maxi scooters. The machine is particularly in its element on twisty roads, where the razor-sharp handling is complemented by a superb three-disc braking system and the double ignition “Master” engine. With a strong personality, aggressive design and cutting-edge technology, the MP3 500ie is ready to ride into uncharted territory, see specs below!

Go out on the Piaggio MP3 500 and enter a completely new dimension: of sensations and safety. The two front wheels combine the ride dynamics typical of a motorcycle with incredible road holding. The parallelogram suspension system, a Piaggio patented innovation, guarantees unrivalled stability, even on wet or loose tarmac, or trailing other vehicles. The Piaggio MP3 500 is also distinguished by exceptional braking performance: thanks to the 3 wheels and 2 powerful 240mm disc brakes with twin piston calipers in front and a 280mm disc in rear, allowing record deceleration (around 8 meters per second) and a stopping distance more than 20% shorter than that of normal two-wheeled scooters (even with ABS).

Designed using the most sophisticated CAD programs and rigorously tested at each stage of its development, the Piaggio MP3 500 scooter is cutting edge in all of its details. The high-strength tubular steel frame guarantees the best stability and distribution of weight, in perfect harmony with the engine and suspensions. The dimensions and proportions are similar to those of a traditional scooter, with even a small front end. Developed in the wind tunnel, the bodywork combines a revolutionary look with dual functions: maximum protection for the rider at the front, comfort and exceptional storage capacity at the back.

Quick and safe, the Piaggio MP3 scooter darts in and out of city traffic as if it’s quite at home: it negotiates cobbles, rails and drain covers with unbeatable safety and stability. The seat, with integrated backrest and special ergonomic shape, is very comfortable and suits riders of all sizes, whilst its height from the ground promotes maneuverability and control in all situations. There is also comfort and protection for the passenger, thanks to the side handles for a perfect grip.

Piaggio MP3 500 is extraordinary in every way, including its accessories; from the “winter pack” with the comfort windshield, the special winter tires, the heated leg cover and waistcoat, to the Tom Tom Rider GPS navigator with its 3.5” LCD monitor, the X-Jet helmet complete with a Bluetooth communication system, the electronic anti-theft device with remote and other great ideas. Actually, they are revolutionary: just like your Piaggio MP3.

Engine Type 4-stroke 4-valve liquid-cooled Piaggio MASTER i.e.
Displacement 492.7cc
Bore/Stroke 94 x 71mm
Max Power at Shaft 29.4 kW at 7,250 rpm (40 bhp)
Max Torque 42.23 Nm at 5,550 rpm
Distribution Single overhead camshaft (SOHC) with four valves
Clutch Centrifugal
Cooling System Liquid
Ignition Electronic inductive discharge and integrated variable timing
Gearbox “Twist and Go” Automatic Transmission (CVT) with dry centrifugal type transmission with damping plugs
Fuel Supply Electronic injection system
Starter Electric (freewheel) with torque converter
Max speed 89 mph (143 Km/h)
Lubrication Wet sump
Chassis Double cradle trellis made of high strength steel tubes
Front Suspension Parallelogram composed of four aluminium arms supporting two steering tubes, cantilevered suspension. Travel: 85 mm. Electro-hydraulic suspension locking system.
Rear Suspension Oscillating engine fixed to the frame with a swingarm and two dual effect hydraulic shock absorbers with four-position spring preload. Travel: 110 mm
Front Brake Stainless steel double disk, Ø 240 mm, two-piston caliper
Rear Brake Stainless steel disk, Ø 280 mm, floating two-piston caliper
Front Wheel Rim Die-cast aluminum alloy, 12" x 3.00
Rear Wheel Rim Die-cast aluminum alloy, 14" x 4.50
Front Tires 120/70-12"
Rear Tire 140/70-14"
Length 85 in. (2,160mm)
Width 30.5 in. (775mm)
Seat Height 30.9 in. (785mm)
Wheelbase 61.0 in. (1,550mm)
Fuel / Tank Capacity Unleaded / 3.2 gals. (12 liters)
Weight 537.9 lbs. (244kg)
Available Colors Passion Red, Demon Black

Features analog speedometer, odometer and fuel gauge. Plenty of under seat storage and a 1 Year Factory Warranty with Unlimited Mileage and Roadside Assistance. (Three year [total] - factory extended warranty available at additional cost.)

Yamaha Tmax 2008

Production: 細胡/Eddy/Dave 車輛提供: 萬里達車行有限公司

為何傳統綿羊的操控不及電單車好?新手也能答:自動變速的主動權不夠手動變速高,輪圈直徑較細小不夠穩定。但最主要的原因其實是傳統綿羊採用後置引擎設計,樞軸點(pivot point)在引擎的前方,引擎和傳動組件附在尾搖臂上,隨著尾避震的伸縮而上落。試問一臺重心偏後又會上下移動的細輪機器,操控怎可能會及得上真正電單車?在2000年甫一推出便驚動全球的Yamaha T-Max 500 ,革命性地推出樞軸點設在引擎後方的中置重心佈局,讓引擎安坐在車架中,不會隨著尾避震的伸縮而上下移動。配合世界首臺被安植入綿羊的四衝程水冷直二引擎,讓T-MAX的操控和動力,都突破了綿羊以往極限。

2008 T-MAX 500的操控非常輕盈,坐上車搖兩下便會明,係輕到你唔信。而且動力傳送的過程是平滑無震的。如果不看轉數計,你很難從把手、地臺或座位去感受到引擎工作的情況。新TMAX的rolling start加速力更是令人收貨。以90km/h巡航推上145km/h所需要的時間,比你想像中還要短。



2008 T-MAX 500的把手和座位都向前移了10mm,但腳位維持不變,令到駕駛姿勢更中置,更有駕駛電單車的感覺。多謝全新的CF鋁金金車架和43mm頭擔,新T-MAX在彎路的操控表現比起舊款更上一層。輪圈直徑達到15吋的頭擔在過濾不平路面時對車體的影響更加輕微,即使車身在大幅度傾斜時,車體表現仍然相當穩定。在中低速彎道上,T-MAX 500的彎性著實可媲美跑車。


新TMAX車主很多都是從SilverWing 600轉投TMAX懷抱。相信很多Majesty YP400的車主,都會有興趣知道,如果轉騎T-MAX之後究竟會有那些分別。不提加速力,單是過彎的穩定感和信心指數,T-MAX便遠勝過YP400,而且仍然維持相同的舒適度!不過在享受高兩班的加速力和操控的同時,無可奈可地要放棄YP400一半以上的儲物空間。要貨羊還是要跑羊?視乎你是司機還是公子:)


數數手指,Yamaha T-Max 500面世至今已有六個年頭。回想當年,這台以"maxi-scooter"概念研發,首次衝破400c.c.級數的雙氣缸中置引擎大羊,甫推出市面即引來一陣搶購熱。








為了造就輕快的騎乘感,配合減輕車體重量也是車廠研發新款T-Max的一個重要課題,其中最直接的便是減輕車架重量。08年全新TMAX最為驚艷的地方是車架竟然使用鋁合金作為車輛骨幹,而且是採用CF Die-Casting鑄造技術來製作08年的TMAX!

CF(Controled Filling ally die-casting Technology)鋁合金電腦印模鍛造技術能製造更複雜的外型,並同時準確地控制車架的厚度,讓受力支點厚一點。最重要是能有效減少氣泡形成,利用電腦感應器控制模件內不同部份的吸力,讓鋁合金更準確和更快速地被注入模具內,令注模時間可以縮短了五倍之多,所以溫度控制更佳,令製成品的密度和剛性都得到前所未有的大幅改善。

以往這種車架製作技術,只能在超級跑車或高性能的街車身上找得到。雖然Majesty YP400的車架也是採用CF技術製作,但TMAx的全新車架看來更精密更接近跑車規格。


雙頭燈和側邊T-Max的迴力刀側蓋設計保留,但整體革新的感覺並未像同廠07 Majesty般來得大。






車廠繼續為T-Max找尋更多的置物空間,位於把手下 方即增設了一個置物箱。這裡的空間足以擺放手套、散銀等雜物。

晶片車匙隨車奉送,以減低車輛失竊的機會。可能你會問,為何不使用更方便的Smart Key啊?!

這點車廠當然明白,無匙啟動的確是個很好的賣點,但在因應T-Max的造價成本和與同廠新車Majesty YP 250的衝突點後,無法不捨棄這項設定。




2008 Yamaha XP500/A TMAX 規格表
引擎形式 四衝水冷並列雙汽缸
缸徑 x 衝程 66.0 mm x 73.0mm
壓縮比 11.0 : 1
總排氣量 499 cc
最高馬力 43.54ps/7,500rpm
最大扭力 4.73kg-m / 6,500rpm
車架形式 鋁合金CF Die-Cast車架
傳動系統 V型皮帶無段式自動變速
燃油供應 電子燃油噴注系統
前懸掛系統 43mm套管前叉,120mm行程
後懸掛系統 油壓避震 預載調較,116mm行程
輪胎(前) 120/70 - 15
輪胎(後) 160/60 - 15
前掣動系統 267mm雙碟配四活塞掣動卡鉗
後掣動系統 267mm單碟
長 x 闊 x 高 2195 x 775 x 1445mm
軸距 1580mm
最低離地距 153mm
座高 800mm
乾重 203kg
油缸容量 15公升

2008 Yamaha TDM900A

引擎形式 四衝水冷DOHC 10活瓣並列兩汽缸
缸徑 x 衝程 92.0 mm x 67.2 mm
壓縮比 10.4 : 1
總排氣量 897 cc
最高馬力 86.2hp/7,500rpm
最大扭力 9.1kg-m/6000rpm
車架形式 鋁合金鑽石型車架
傳動系統 濕式多片六前速鏈傳動
燃油供應 電子燃油噴注系統
前懸掛系統 43mm套管前叉,150mm行程
後懸掛系統 單筒避震附預載調整,133mm行程
輪胎(前) 120/70 - ZR18M/C (59W)
輪胎(後) 160/60 - ZR17M/C (69W)
前掣動系統 298mm雙剎車碟配 四活塞卡鉗
後掣動系統 245mm單碟配單活塞卡鉗
長 x 闊 x 高 2180 x 800 x 1290mm
軸距 1485mm
最低離地距 160mm
座高 825mm
乾重 192kg / 195kg(ABS)
油缸容量 20公升


配備七前速加減波及keyless start系統的Forza 250 Z,自2006年推出即成為250豪華綿羊之皇後 ,便一直無所事事係咁賣車交車。人賺得太多錢之後便會想再扮靚d,Forza Z都一樣,所以Honda最近便推出S級包裝,讓人一新耳目。

S Package的S應該唔係stand for "Sport",唔知係代表"Supreme"或是"Sophisticated"或是"犀飛利"的譯音呢?總之S Package大玩繽紛顏色,充滿節日色彩。今次 代理便先引入S Package,如果反應理想的話,可能會引入價錢更貴的S Package ABS版本。

Honda Forza Z S Package 主要有幾樣小改動﹕黑膠掣合改用銀色、軑干下的fairing 改用跟車身顏色、連手飾箱的開關扣也用電鍍色。

座椅包邊採用跟車身顏色、尾避震則用上黃色彈弓、頭尾轆鈴選用金色(只有黃色及黑色車採用)、FORZA logo字更用金色凸字來表現Forza獨有的高貴氣質。

引擎形式 四衝水冷SOHC單汽缸
缸徑 x 衝程 72.7 mm x 60.0 mm
壓縮比 10.0 : 1
總排氣量 249 cc
最高馬力 22ps/7,500rpm
最大扭力 2.4kg-m/5,500rpm
車架形式 高拉力鋼管搖籃式車架


V-Matic 7前速

PGM-FI 電子燃油噴注系統

前傾角( R) 27度30分
拖曳距(T) 93mm
前懸掛系統 套管前叉
後懸掛系統 雙筒避震附預載調較

輪胎(前) 110/90 - 13M/C 55P
輪胎(後) 130/70 - 12 56L



長 x 闊 x 高

軸距 1545mm
最低離地距 140mm
座高 710mm
乾重 173kg
濕重 187kg

Sunday, June 29, 2008

2008 Piaggio MP3 500 - Legendary scooter manufacturer launches two new three-wheelers

Many dyed-in-the-wool motorcyclists would rather undergo a root canal than to be seen tooling about on a scooter, but the tiny two-wheelers are gaining in popularity. And with fuel costs continuing to rise, the time couldn't be more right to dispel the notion that scooters are uncool.

Scooters range from retro types available in various styles and displacements from 50cc up to 250cc, to hot rod maxi scooters that more closely resemble sport bikes, with models powered by engines ranging from 250cc to 650cc or more. There are scooters with small wheels and tires, as well as big-wheeled examples. An while most scooters roll on two wheels, some more-innovative models sport three.

Piaggio, the Italian company most noted for the legendary and beloved classic Vespa, has come up with a totally innovative concept in a three-wheeled scooter called the MP3. The MP3 debuted last year as a 250cc scooter that traveled on two wheels up front and one wheel aft. The uniqueness of the original MP3 came from the fact that the front wheels formed a parallelogram composed of four aluminum arms supporting two steering tubes in a cantilevered suspension, featuring an electro-hydraulic suspension locking system with 3.35 inches of travel. The two front wheels are actually articulated, allowing the scooter to lean into turns in much the same fashion as a conventional motorcycle does. The rear wheel is integrated via the oscillating engine fixed to the frame by a swingarm setup and two dual-effect hydraulic shock absorbers with four-piston spring preload and 4.33 inches of travel.

Piaggio has expanded its MP3 lineup to the maxi-scooter level for model year 2008, including both a 400cc model and a race-inspired 500cc model, further progressing their self-proclaimed three-wheeled personal transportation revolution. The MP3 500ie model is the three-wheeler for those who want to stand out from the crowd, or at least to keep up with the motorcycling crowd. It features both aggressive styling and performance in one machine that projects a somewhat sinister appearance, especially when finished in Demon Black (the other available color is called Passion Red).

Power for the MP3 500ie comes from a 492.7cc, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, SOHC 4-valve Master 4-stroke engine with double ignition, featuring electronic inductive discharge and variable spark advance in an electronic unit with an electronic immobilizer; fuel pump shutoff in case the bike tips over; two spark plugs; and an electric starter. The engine generates 40 horsepower (at the crankshaft) at 7,250 rpm and 31 pound-feet of torque at 5,500 rpm. The engine mates to a "Twist-and-Go" continuously variable transmission, with the final motive force delivered to the rear wheel via a driveshaft.

The wheelbase and length overall of the 500cc model exceeds that of the 250 by 2.4-inches and 1-inch respectively, while the MP3 400 has the same wheelbase as the 500 and is 0.8-inches longer overall. The 500 appears to actually be considerably longer, but also seems to condense the rider's space and underseat storage due to the increase in engine size. The MP3 400cc model obviously offers less power than the 500, but offers more underseat storage space - room for up to two full-face helmets, though extra-large full-face helmets may pose a challenge fitting in.

The entire Piaggio MP3 lineup makes riding easier than ever before by providing increased stability, particularly at lower speeds. When coming to a stop, the suspension lock lamp begins to flash at three miles per hour, allowing the rider to manually lock the suspension, eliminating the need to put a foot down for balance. A cautionary note here: Make sure that the bike is totally upright and that the wheels are pointed straight ahead or they will lock in an awkward leaning position. When starting up again, the suspension automatically unlocks without touching the switch. Parking is also a breeze thanks to the combination of the suspension lock and parking brake.

Visually, the MP3 500 displays a more aggressive persona, even when parked, with its double steel tube bumper, featuring sleek black handlebars and black, 10-spoke alloy wheel rims. The five-lamp headlight arrangement not only looks good, it is highly functional, and the two largest lamps are covered by off-road-type shockproof covers. The front fairing provides aerodynamic efficiency, while the wide floorboard serves as a comfortable footrest. The two-level seat is generously sized, accommodating both a rider and passenger. The look of the MP3 400 is not as bold or aggressive, but more contemporary. The 400cc model's base price is $8,699, and color availability includes Cortina Gray and Midnight Blue. The 500cc MP3 adds another $200 to the base price. The MP3 250 starts at $7,199.

Both the MP3 400cc and 500cc models are as stylish as they are affordable and can handle short trips, heavy commuting or long, pleasurable rides equally well.

Acceleration is more than adequate in both the 400cc and 500cc MP3s, and the large 240mm triple-steel disc brakes can bring the scooters to halt in 20 percent less distance than the best-in-class two-wheeled scooters. On the low end, the power difference between the two isn't really noticeable, but the MP3 500 shines in the higher rev range. I spent the majority of my time on the MP3 500, which is both quick and comfortable, though long rides begged for a longer floorboard for optimum comfort - I found the forward portion of the stepped riser seat to be a bit on the abbreviated side, forcing my knees forward toward the dash or fairing, and limiting foot room on the board area. But for the amount of fun involved, you readily adapt. The non-self-cancelling directional signals may be an annoyance for those around you, should you forget to turn them off after making your move. Another small issue is the highly reflective glass covering the gauges in the instrument panel, which can be problematic for the rider if he is at a disagreeable angle in bright sunlight.

All MP3s are freeway legal. There is no foot brake as with a motorcycle, but rather two hand-brake levers, one on each handle bar, the left taking the place of the nonexistent clutch. The dual front wheels create a slightly different riding sensation. Stability is increased during lower speed maneuvering, but higher speed turns yield a unique level of balance, unlike that experienced on more traditional two-wheeled rides. For the beginning rider, this should prove to be a non-issue, and may even prove to be easier.

A host of accessories are available to make sure that every MP3 meets the needs of the rider. These include a tall windscreen, a rear top box or tour pack for storing additional gear and Tom-Tom navigation.

2008 Piaggio MP3 500
Base price: $8,899
Price as tested: $8,999

Engine/transmission: 492.7cc, 40 horsepower, single-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-valve Master 4-stroke; "Twist and Go" CVT
Final drive: shaft
Tires: front, Michelin Pilot Sport SC 120/70-12; rear, Michelin Gold Standard 140/70-14
Wheelbase: 61 inches
Length overall: 85 inches
Seat height: 31 inches
Curb weight: 538 pounds (dry)
Fuel capacity: 3.2 gallons

2008 Piaggio MP3 500 Test Drive: Clever Trike Delivers 60 MPG, Tons of Fun

Don’t let the silly name fool you: Piaggio’s MP3 may inspire iPod jokes, but this odd-looking three-wheeler is rapidly building a cult following on American roads. The MP3 is essentially a scooter with two wheels up front for more stability. We were skeptical, but the suspension engineering really works well—and the scooter’s a blast to ride.

While testing the $8899 500-cc model on the roads here, we got plenty of head-twisting attention in trendy neighborhoods already overrun with exotics. Difference is, we got about 60 mpg on our cruise. Not too many exotics (okay, none) can claim that kind of fuel economy. Clad with matte black paint, rally-style headlight shields and double-steel-tube bumpers, the industrial-looking MP3 is bursting with cool features, like an underseat power supply for laptop or cellphone storage. The smallish seat might be a bit cramped for bigger riders, but that’s nothing an aftermarket saddle can’t cure.

All you need for brisk acceleration is a twist of the wrist, and the MP3’s automatic continuously variable transmission takes care of the rest. And it keeps on pulling, right up to 90 mph. The MP3 may look cumbersome to ride, but it turns and leans surprisingly easily—up to 40 degrees thanks to the aluminum-armed parallelogram suspension components.

An electro-hydraulic locking mechanism lets you keep your feet on the floorboards at low speeds and helps the trike stay balanced when parked on hills. Twin 120-mm front tires offer twice the contact patch of a motorcycle, encouraging higher speeds and more aggressive turns than regular scooters do. The 140-mm tire at the rear keeps you planted when the road gets twisty. The MP3’s sure-footed handling inspires surprisingly crotch-rocketesque body leaning. It’s even narrow enough to split lanes. Two-piston floating-caliper front and rear brakes offer strong stops, but the lack of an ABS system means the rider is responsible for keeping the wheels from locking up. And remembering which of the two levers operates which set of brakes is imperative during panic stops.

While the MP3 was fun to ride on urban roads, options like a TomTom navigation system could make this frisky three-wheeler a fetching long-distance cruiser.