Yamaha is trickling out its Thailand-built models, and while we wait for the debut of the Yamaha YZF-R25 250cc sport bike, the tuning fork brand has an interesting new scooter for the world market: the Yamaha Tricity.
A three-wheeled leaning scooter, the Yamaha Tricity features a 125cc motor with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). Designed to sell primarily in Thailand, the Tricity is a fairly premium and feature-packed scooter for that market, and Yamaha hopes to sell over 10,000 of them in Southeast Asia, Japan, and Europe.
The Tricity’s three-wheel design has two wheels at the front, with one at the rear, using Yamaha’s Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) mechanism to have the front wheels lean with the chassis through turns.
The LMW mechanism is based off what Yamaha calls a “parallelogram link” and a “cantilevered telescopic suspension”, which allows the front wheels to move independently of each other.
It doesn’t seem like the Yamaha Tricity will be coming to the US market, but for our friends in Europe, expect a price tag in the €4,000 range.
Technical Specifications for the Yamaha Tricity:
|Overall length/width/height||1,905 mm x 735 mm x 1,215 mm|
|Seat height||780 mm|
|Weight (dry)||146 kg|
|Weight (with oil and a full fuel tank)||152 kg|
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve|
|Bore x stroke||52.4 x 57.9 mm|
|Max. output||8.1 kW (11PS) / 9,000r/min|
|Max. torque||10.4 N·m (1.1kgf·m) / 5,500r/min|
|Fuel tank capacity||6.6 L|
|Fuel supply system||Fuel injection|
|Transmission type||V-belt automatic|
|Tire size (front/rear)||90/80-14 / 110/90-12 (both tubeless)|
|Brakes (front/rear)||Hydraulic disc / Hydraulic disc|
|Suspensions (front/rear)||Telescopic / Unit swing|