An article about three-wheeled transportation? Three wheels? WHAT?
Joking aside, the article posted on the Detroit News site by Susan "the ill informed" Carpenter of the Los Angeles Times is actually kind of funny. In the piece, Carpenter explains the benefits of two wheels over three and backs them up by saying that they have "been roaming Europe for years" which isn't exactly true. The Can-am Spyder by BRP just hit the trade-show circuit as a finished prototype this year and isn't due till November and the Piaggio MP3.. Well, we're all still sitting on our hands for that bike to arrive here after its inital release (and quick sell-out) in Italy and the UK last year. Years, indeed.
Being a nit-picking nerd, I thought her explanation of the MP3's phenomenal stopping power was funny too: "...it has twice the stopping power of a regular scooter: Double the wheels and, basically, you double the brakes."
Double the wheels... If you're unfamiliar with the MP3, it indeed has more "wheel power" than the traditional scooter or motorcycle by having an extra wheel up front, but that brings the number of tires up from two to three. That isn't exactly "double." Sure, in percentages, its 50%, but that's not double the amount is it? Wouldn't that be 100%? I'll be the first to admit, I'm dumb when it comes to numbers, but you're more than welcome to correct me if you know better.
Aside for that rant, the article is another decent review of the MP3 with the author's only gripe being that the steering lock system beeps when its activated. I assume that she found it grating because, like most folks in Los Angeles, she's an expert driver and the need for dummy indicator systems is just a little bit redundant, especially when trying to talk on her cell phone while sipping her coffee.
Check out the article here.