Peugeot Metropolis Review
|I ride to work every day, even in the ice and snow. It is more stable than a motorbike on gravel filled corners, I can lean up to 37 degrees, filter and accelerate like any normal 300-500cc single pot moped/motorbike.||
|✓||Stability, equipment, storage, security, can be ridden on some car licences|
|×||On the heavy side, pricey, range, underpowered, speedo is primarily in km/h|
Peugeot Metropolis RX-R Review
I had ridden Blackbirds, Fireblades and a few 600s in the late 90's and then a disc in my neck decided to burst so I was advised by my doctor to surrender my licence. Basically I couldn't do a life saver so rather than risk an accident I moved to 4 wheels and gave up ridding.
Sorted I thought, 15bhp, a full sized frame (I'm 5'11") and I can go for my MOD 1 in 6 months once I have a bit of practice under my belt. Unfortunately whilst the YZF is a great bike my mid life spread made the power to weight ratio a bit awkward. Hills slowed me down to 50mph. When you are on a 70mph road and lorries overtake it's bloody scary!
So I went for my MOD1 and failed. I can't do the cones and I can't do a proper life saver. Both are down to my neck so it looked like a no win situation. Then my son-in-law spotted a Piaggio MP3 and Metropolis, both could be ridden on my existing car licence. No MOD1. Not even a CBT! Sorted.
So why the Metro? Simple answer is I think it's better looking. Both cost about the same new (£8,000) and the Metro has a simpler steering system so less to go wrong.
I ride to work every day, even in the ice and snow. It is more stable than a motorbike on gravel filled corners and I can lean up to 37 degrees and filter and accelerate like any normal 300-500cc single pot moped/motorbike. It has two 55w headlights which add to the safety. The rear end is designed like a Peugeot car so more lights help other road users see you on those early Winter mornings.
Keyless start, USB point and adjustable screen all add to the package but at £8,000 I'd liked to have seen a built in sat nav.
I get 55mpg urban. Tax is £70 for the year. Insurance is £235 fully comp. As to top speed and weight, it will sit at 70mph on a motorway all day long even on hills at 7,000rpm with 1,000rpm to spare. The weight helps with stability at higher speeds so overtaking lorries is not a problem.
- Added side deflectors - keeps me dry even in driving rain
- Added handlebar deflectors - better than heated grips - for Winter
- Good fuel economy
- Easy to ride at speed
- Easy to filter with practice
- Loads of storage
- Keyless start
- Electronic parking brake
- Electronic upright brake
- Switchable ABS
- Traction Control
- Walk through frame
- Low seat at 780mm
- Price tag when new
- Heavy at low speeds
- Tiny 13.5l fuel tank
- Another 15bhp wouldn't go amiss!
Just a final warning to car drivers thinking they can just hop on and go. It is still a bike at heart. Once you unlock the front wheels (automatically over 6mph) you need to balance or it will fall over and at 258kgs it won't be easy to pick up on your own. Do a CBT and get a bit of practice before venturing out. Dropping your shinny new £8,000 bike/trike will hurt the pocket as well as your pride!
- Jon M, 2018
Capacity: 400 cc
Power: 37 bhp
Top Speed: 95 mph
Seat Height: 780 mm
Wet Weight: 256 kg
Range: 150 miles
The Second Opinion
Metropolis 400 RS 2016
Okay I have to confess I’m not really a biker. Never had anything on two wheels that had more than 125cc. I did run about town on scooters on a CBT before deciding it would be nice to be able to actually go a bit further now and again at the same speed as the rest of the traffic.
So I looked at going and doing my direct access and getting a bigger scooter. Having had a Honda H100S about 1000 years ago I knew I didn’t want to be bothered faffing about with gears so looked at what Maxi scooters were out there and found both the Piaggio MP3 and the Peugeot Metropolis. The beauty of these were that having passed my car test back in 1982 I was able to drive these on my car license without the need to go and do a bike test.
When I was looking there were no dealers where I live for either scooter, so at first I went for an MP3 400 which was an older bike as it was in the showroom of a local dealer who helped me get it converted to a trike and off I went. I loved it and enjoyed it for a couple of years until it’s age and mileage was getting close to needing to get the front suspension serviced. Time to move on as it was going to cost a 4 figure sum for that service. In the meantime one of the local Motorcycle dealers had started selling Peugeot scooters so it wasn’t a big hassle to go and have a look. Needless to say I liked the look of the scooter so seriously considered buying it. Unfortunately they didn’t want the MP3, so I had to sell it privately. As luck would have it I found one about 180 miles from home, so off I went and picked it up and rode it home.
My Metropolis only had 60 miles on the clock when I got it, so it was a bit slower than the well run in engine of my MP3. I had to ride it about 5 miles through town traffic, but it appeared to handle quite nicely. I did however find leaning into slower turns didn’t move it as much as the MP3, but soon got into the swing of counter steering it and found it really responsive and sure footed as the MP3 before. After 5 miles of town traffic I found myself on the M8 Motorway heading for Glasgow, and found it winding itself up to 70 mph with ease.
I do find it a bit awkward to read the speedo as the MPH scale is definitely the second scale on it, so for the rest of the journey I downloaded a speedo app for my phone and used the digital output to see my speed for the rest of the journey. At speed on Motorways and A roads it runs beautifully. On these sort of roads the economy was sitting at about 57 mpg.
Performance wise it accelerates nicely, keeps up with the traffic, and has plenty to spare to overtake cars in the middle lane. It might not be a sports bike, but it’s fine for a long run. I had to stop at about 120 miles in and top up as it was down to the last 3 blocks on the fuel gauge. The seat however was nice and comfortable!
Living with the bike over the last couple of months
The first service was £95 from the local dealer, and the next one isn’t due until 6,200 miles which will likely be a couple of years away for me with my annual mileage. Most of my riding is commuting as it’s free to park at work, so I’m quite happy filtering past queues of traffic and plopping myself at the head of the queues waiting on light changes. It’s a large scooter, but it’s not an unwieldy one and filters with ease. Parking it next to the Triumph Tigers at work it certainly looks narrower so don’t be deceived into thinking it’s not a good town trike. In town expect about 50 mpg.
Parking security is great. When you put on the parking brake the bike is effectively impossible to move without a crane. Chain it down if you want of course. When you walk away with the key the seat and rear boot are locked and secure until you come back with it.
Firstly the speedometer. As I said before reading the MPH scale is a bit difficult. I have got used it, but it is easy enough to mark it up and make 30 MPH a bit more visible (the trike wants to go faster, trust me).
Parking brake, well it’s an electronic one you can only operate when the ignition is on. From a security point of view it’s great. You need to be within 1.5 metres of the bike with the key to be able to turn it on with the rotary switch. But this means when you want to manhandle the bike into a parking space you need to turn it back on to engage the parking brake. A minor inconvenience, but it’s not an issue the MP3 suffers from.
Centre Stand. If you are used to a motorbike, then you are likely to want to use the centre stand. It’s a tad on the heavy side, so to use it it’s easier to use some momentum and be pushing the bike backwards at the same time as pushing down the stand, watch this video at about 5:27 and you’ll see what I mean. Me I hardly use it. The parking brake works a treat.
So should you buy one? Well yea I would buy another one. It’s great around town, once you learn to counter steer it filters well. It would be fine for touring, or a mixed commute on fast and town roads. If you don’t have a bike license and want a good trike this should be on your list. (But at least pass a CBT if you have no bike experience).
- John W, 2018