Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Ciao, Piaggio!

Piaggio, makers of the iconic Vespa, are unleashing a new player to rock the scooter industry. Ok, "rock" may be a little strong. How about gently nudge with a short stick? We'll get back to the fluff later.

This is the new Piaggio MP3; a three wheeled, slalom running, latte fetching bizarro trike. In addition to being easy on the eyes, the MP3, while being unfortunately named, is a capable little bugger. Having two wheels in front instead of just one greatly improves straight line handling, increases grip on different road surfaces, and reduces braking distance by 20%. Its new suspension design eliminates the need for a kickstand when parked with hydraulic arms that lock the wheels in place and keep the scooter upright.

The Piaggio MP3 site (link below) has some videos worth watching of the MP3 in motion. I love this thing. Maybe I'm just a sucker for three wheels.

Piaggio MP3 [Via Autoblog]

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