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Piaggio Yourban 300 Review

 

The Yourban 300 is a unique beast. It’s our new long-termer here at Scootersales.com.au. Ride impressions inside.

Allen Drysdale

 

Introduction
 
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 bomb.
 
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.

 

 

 


Comments

 

fluffy said:

I like the format of this article.

September 11, 2014 8:05 PM

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