The Yourban 300 is a unique beast. It’s our new long-termer here at Scootersales.com.au. Ride impressions inside.
The Yourban turns heads everywhere you go. Park it, ride it or even when
pulled over for a random breath test, get ready to talk about the
Yourban. You’ll quickly become the centre of attention.
What is it? How does it work? Is that a trike?
After you get through the initial intrigue, the Yourban becomes so much
more. Three wheels bring big benefits. Additional road holding, better
braking, stability in corners and wet weather confidence over varied
surfaces. For proof just take a look at the photo above.
The Yourban is an “Urban” commuting tool. It possesses good storage, has
great levels of weather protection and offers sufficient levels of
performance to maintain confidence on faster arterial roads. When
parking, the front wheel locking mechanism only adds to the convenience.
Don't be fooled by the quirky looks or the addition of an extra wheel.
Yes, it’s not cheap when compared to today's competitive motorcycle
environment but you’ll be the smart one here, the Yourban exudes
practicality and will enhance your confidence. The Yourban does have
some higher speed limitations when touring but around town it’s the
The Yourban is different, and as such, we decided to do something
different. Three different ride impressions, three very different
riders. See those ride experiences below.
Elliot - Experienced thoughts.
BMW C600Sport Maxi, BMW R1200R
First impressions of the Yourban 300 was that it was a good looking well
built machine. Climbed aboard and found it a bit to squeezy for my
frame, I’m not at all lanky but unless I adopted a proper upright seated
posture it felt a little small. The reach to ground is good, managing
flat feet either side. The handbrake and it’s unique ability to lock the
front suspension, keeping the scoot upright without the use of side or
centre stand, makes it very user friendly. Good storage is offered under
the seat, enough for three large bags of shopping.
On the road, the impression of quality and build continues, the
transmission is very smooth and the fuelling well sorted. This makes it
very easy to operate in the cut and thrust of the daily commute. Arrive
at lights, come to a stop and lock the front suspension, this a simple
flick of the thumb on the right handle bar, take off again and it
automatically unlocks. I found the non-adjustable suspension a little
firm at times, hitting bumps with more of a jolt than I would have
expected. Otherwise the ride is very composed and comfortable.
Performance is good for commuting, not as perky as two wheeled machines
with the same engine. On the open roads, 120 Km/h can be expected as a
maximum, but eventually the Yourban will slow to 90-100 Km/h up steeper
inclines. It’s still OK for the occasional freeway jaunt, but the
machine is better suited to the city confines where it does shine. Hence
the name contains the word Urban.
It’s got three wheels, but does handle like an ordinary scooter - well
almost. I got to ride the machine in some reasonably heavy rain and it
was here that the Yourban’s major differentiation to two wheeled
scooters becomes apparent. Grip, braking and general feeling of
stability and security under these conditions is awesome. This makes it a
great machine for those having to scoot no matter what the weather. It
also makes the Yourban a great choice for novices who need to build
skills and confidence.
Overall I really liked it and the riding impression was much better than I’d ever anticipated. Thumbs up for this one.
Pete Gailey - He rides in his sleep.
Vespa GTS 250, Gilera FXR180, 04 Triumph Bonneville, BMWf800r, Yamaha RZ250RR
Wet roads, tight twisties, torrential downpours, country roads at
freeway speeds, 120 Km/h sweepers, three test pilots, 600 kilometres
ridden hard over two days.
Piaggio's latest MP3 the Yourban 300 handled this crazy punishment
unfazed. It is obviously a very well engineered quality scooter with the
face only an alien mothership could love. I’d ridden a few of the older
MP3's before, thought the 250 was underpowered but found the
discontinued MP3 400 was one of the best scooters I'd ever ridden.
The Yourban has been on a diet and is much lighter than previous MP3
versions. The Yourban boasts 13 inch front wheels which felt good on the
road, planted and confident. These 3 wheelers are huge in Paris. Our
particular Yourban had seen some work, had over 4000k’s on the clock and
was well run-in.
The 300cc Quasar engine gives the Yourban a top speed of 100 Km/h up
hills, 120 Km/h max on the flat and 130 Km/h downhill or with a tail
wind but there isn’t much torque in those top revs. The speedo was very
close to being GPS accurate. On the open roads the 120 Km/h max top
speed means that you can keep up with traffic, though you will need to
plan overtaking moves, especially if hills are involved.
When I finally got to push the Yourban on the dry open roads I had a
ball testing how well the scoot would stick, it responded nicely to
counter steering and handled like a bike – maybe even better. It was
stable in the lean and held its line with the throttle rolling on. The
only slight weakness was getting bounced about in bumpy fast sweeping
corners when tackled at top speed. Not that you’d be doing much of that
in the Youban’s natural environment.
It really wasn’t until I got it back into the suburbs and the Yourban
began to shine and sparkle in its full brilliance. It shows good levels
of torque up to 80/90 Km/h to easily beat traffic off the line, it’s
surprisingly easy to filter and sticks like glue. The Yourban is easy to
manoeuvre and park, has great lights and copious amounts of storage. It
also performs this fantastic wheel locking trick at the traffic lights.
The city landscape is where the Yourban excels and it’s obviously where
the YO-URBAN got its name, it’s the ideal urban machine.
I’m giving the Yourban 300 8.5 shooting stars.
Tamzin - First impressions count.
1988 Honda CBR250RR
I started my love of riding scooters and bikes over 35 years ago. My
first road registered bike was a small 50 cc scooter. It was not only a
great means of transport, but for me as a 17 year old, it was my ticket
to freedom. After a long break from riding I’ve recently obtained my
licence again and continued my love affair. My current ride is a little
88 Honda CBR250RR.
The Yourban is a world away from my regular ride, or anything I’ve ever
ridden before. On initial observation I wondered how this unusual
machine was to be ridden. It could have easily passed as coming straight
out of “The Jetsons” with its modern space age looks. I was really
intrigued with it. Impressed by its plush soft well padded seating. I
climbed aboard and sat comfortably in an upright position and maintained
a good posture. Although short in stature, I was able reach the ground
and maintain control and balance.
With a twist of the throttle it felt like I was a passenger as the
Yourban seemed to have the ability to do all the work. I wrongly assumed
that it was to be steered like some sort of quadbike but the Yourban
rides just like any other two wheeler. I only needed to lean slightly
left or right and it handled beautifully. I was immediately impressed at
its handling ability and smoothness, not to forget its ability to
travel at 110 Km/h with ease.
Ingenious design and very impressive. I think a very valuable feature is
the amount of storage space, you can pack anything you fancy. I really
recommend a ride on this smart sporty versatile and very comfortable
scooter, I think you will be as just as impressed as I was.