Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: South of Evart, Michigan
Since my wife owns an MP3 400 and I've ridden it just a bit I can speak from some actual experience.
- Cornering stability is impressive.
I've seen some video of folks riding these in the snow in France, and also read an article that mentioned that one (with a better rider than I am) made it around an oil covered oval track.)
- That said I feel they are less flick-able than comparable bikes. The trike felt like it fell into the lean a bit slower, but that may just be my perception.
- Yup can you stop and not put your feet down.
There's a button that will let ya do that.
If ya get it wrong, it'll tip over.
- Storage on the older 250/400 is great, on the older 500 get a top box.
The newer 500 (not in N America last I heard) has good storage.
- They are kinda heavy for what they are as you'd expect. ~500lb's.
- Yes there is a special wide track variant for areas where three wheels with a specific minimum of separation means no need for a motorcycle license. England is one of those I believe. The "normal" one's a bit too narrow for that.
On a side note, you can indeed ride a CanAm Spyder on just your regular automobile license in California, USA.
- The newer ones that they keep waffling about releasing in the U.S. have larger front wheels than the older ones which are 12". I forget the spec off the top of my head. You can google it I'm sure. I think that'd improve the already surprisingly decent handling.
Overall, I could live with it, but not my cup of tea.
I recommend you try one before ya judge it. At worst it's kinda a neat change of pace for a ride or two.
If you're in the Seattle area and want to check one out, PM me and I'll check with the wife and see if she's OK with me showing off her toy.
I test rode a used 09 MP3 400 last Fall and must totally agree with your opinion. I found the thing very interesting. It seemed that the bike handled gravel/rutty roads extremely well. I would have bought it but the dealer wouldn't offer me much trade in on my Kymco 125 Agility.
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