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Yamaha Tricity

by on Mar.31, 2014, under Auto Review Specs, Bikes, Yamaha

The Tokyo Motor Show is well-known for introducing wild, beautiful concept bikes that will probably never be put into production. But that trend had an exception—Yamaha Europe has announced the three-wheeler Tricity 125 Scooter will be offered to European [and other] customers as a 2015 model-at a price well under its competitor, the Piaggio MP3 125.

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The Tricity`s most notable feature, obviously, is its `Leaning Multi Wheel` [LMW] front end. It looks similar to Piaggio`s MP3 system, but it`s apparently Yamaha`s own patented design. The main difference is it uses four little fork tubes, two per wheel, where the MP3 uses coil-over shocks. Yamaha claims its system keeps the track [distance] between the two wheels consistent, making the front end feel more `natural” (or more like a motorcycle) during cornering. When I tested a Piaggio MP3 500 I noticed a weird, almost wiggly feel from the front during high-speed cornering jaunts, so maybe the Yamaha`s system is better in that respect, too`. The Tricity also has 14 inch front wheels, bigger than the Piaggio`s 12-inchers, which should make going over bumps and potholes at high speeds less dramatic.

 

Of course, with a fuel-injected 125cc liquid-cooled Single pushing almost 340 pounds of claimed wet weight, high-speed anything may be a non-issue-the Tricity is part of Yamaha`s `New Mobility` line, aimed at providing `a future-proof concept that offers an attractive and realistic alternative for today`s urban commuters.` That means not only is the Tricity easy to ride, with its CVT transmission, self-balancing front end [no word on if there`s a locking function to keep the bike upright when it`s stopped, like the MP3] and linked brakes, but in many jurisdictions, no special motorcycle license is required, thanks to the extra wheel. That should open up broad markets for this product. Whether it`s a good idea to have untrained, untested riders flitting about on scooters that are only a little safer than regular scooters is a question above my pay-grade.

 

Will we get it here? That`s a question mark. Scooters are a small part of the motorcycle industry in the USA, and though Piaggio seems to sell plenty of MP3 models [you can get a 250, 400 or 500 here] and Can-Am has done well with its Spyder, since you still need a motorcycle license in most places for a 125 scooter, even with the extra wheel, the market may be too limited for Yamaha USA`s tastes-especially if it`s priced near the Tricity`s 4000 Euros

Source: motorcycledaily.com

 

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