I was surpised to see a significant population of Piaggio MP3 scooters in Paris. This one is apparently a 500ie. Notice the heated leg cover shroud. A lot of bikes have them around here. Another option is muffs and/or heated grips. Judging by the look of heavy use on these fabric additions, I’d say they leave them on all year and ride year ’round. In the summer they keep the rain off, and in winter…cold rain, I imagine.
Here’s another one right next to it. I’ts not in front of a dealership, by the way.
That’s right, it’s a third one just up the rue.
I am really drawn to the apparent practicality of these machines. All weather riding, stable front end with two wheels on the pavement, ABS, plenty of storage, automatic transmission, and lockable tilt brake.
From what I’ve read you can lock the tilt of the scooter (using a switch on the throttle grip) when the speed gets below about 6 mph, and when you start up with it locked it will automatically release at 6 mph. With some practice, you can avoid putting your feet down altogether, making the leg shield that much more effective. Using the tilt lock, you don’t have to use the side stand or center stand.
You still have the scooter motor large unsprung weight on the rear wheel, so bumps are not absorbed as well as the F650, for example. And you still need to be able to handle a big heavy scooter.