Yamaha Tricity – A Three-Wheel Leaning Scooter with CVT

03/25/2014 @ 9:06 am, by Jensen Beeler17 COMMENTS

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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.

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Technical Specifications for the Yamaha Tricity:

Overall length/width/height1,905 mm x 735 mm x 1,215 mm
Seat height780 mm
Weight (dry)146 kg
Weight (with oil and a full fuel tank)152 kg
Engine typeLiquid-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 2-valve
CylindersSingle cylinder
Displacement124.8 cm3
Bore x stroke52.4 x 57.9 mm
Max. output8.1 kW (11PS) / 9,000r/min
Max. torque10.4 N·m (1.1kgf·m) / 5,500r/min
Fuel tank capacity6.6 L
Fuel supply systemFuel injection
Transmission typeV-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

Source: Yamaha

Comment:

  1. L2C says:

    “It doesn’t seem like the Yamaha Tricity will be coming to the US market…”

    Not macho enough for the US market? Too bad. That thing would be great in suburbia and urban areas. The boonies, too — put some knobbies on it.

    Europe still gets most of the cool toys. At least the US still gets to be exceptional.

  2. andrey says:

    “At least the US still gets to be exceptional.”

    You’re kidding right?

  3. Westward says:

    He must be kidding, the US has the slowest trains, and internet, than most of Europe and Asia.
    Not to mention one of the worst distributions of healthcare than most industrialized nations and a few not so industrialized.

    The key word was, “exceptional”. That was the satirical element…

  4. Westward says:

    Also, I knew from the teaser video that the Maxi-Scooter was a tri-wheeled machine.

  5. BBQdog says:

    No word about the original, the Piaggio MP3 ??

    http://thekneeslider.com/piaggio-3-wheel-mp3-scooter/

  6. Indeed. So is this better, cheaper, lighter, simpler than the 125 MP3? And where’s the competitor for the 500cc MP3?

  7. Damn says:

    Looking good…..

  8. Ian John says:

    Im sorry, off topic.
    3 wheeled whatever, i found the opening of the “teaser” site distracting.
    What is the intent? they are marketing a scooter and a small cap sportbike, yes?
    whats the go with the Tron like cyber punk overlay and the blurb in the About page; “In the 21st century, the earth was weakening, the human race was in peril of extinction”……..WTF!

  9. smiler says:

    How long before someone buts a gsxr engine at the back and lights it up in neon?

  10. Claiming, smaller, lighter, more agile than other 3 wheelers, meaning the Piaggio MP3. One major disappointment is how small the luggage capacity is.

    I’m having trouble trying to work out what they’ve done with the front suspension and linkages. I think it’s quite clever but not sure.

  11. KSW says:

    Julian,

    During my travels to asia I don’t think the locals are concerned about what fits in the luggage. Three wheels and they can easily balance a half ton on that baby.

  12. paulus says:

    The thing is that maxi-scooters are usually ridden by older, retired and/or semi immobile guys as their daily scoot. Having a bit of extra stability might be a big seller to that demographic.

    It’s a spyder for the aged!

  13. Jason says:

    The 125cc Piaggio MP3 was never sold in the USA. I rode the 250 version when it came out and it was great. However, the price wasn’t. Piaggio wants $7200 for the MP3 250. That is why they don’t sell very many.

    I can see this Yamaha selling well at $5000 – $5500

  14. KSW says:

    Paulus,

    You mean the Spyder snowmobile that doesn’t lean is for the aged and this is for those who like motorcycles and leaning right?

  15. MikeD says:

    WHERE’S MY PROMISED “SMALL FRY SPORT BIKE” Unveil ?
    Is the 26 already !

    P.S: I like it BUT is plain to see as daylight that this is not meant IN THE SLIGHTEST of ways to be intended for the U.S Market.

    I hope they sell a Billion of these thing, maybe we’ll start getting more interesting U.S oriented products in the near future (1-2 years from now) from all the gained profit . . . yeah, i know . . . keep dreaming. LOL.

  16. KSW says:

    MikeD,

    Motorcycle manufacturers are franchises based on country. Unless Yamaha USA chooses the right bike to sell in the market place here, from which they can profit, it doesn’t matter one bit if they sell a billion of them except that Yamaha corporate will have more money to put into new bike development.

  17. Westward says:

    Greed gets the best of us all the time. If Yamaha sold this tri-cycle scooter for around $4000 -$5000 in the US, they might sell a lot more than they ever imagined. I want one, but also not going to pay more than I feel its worth. The MP3 was way too bloated, both in size and price. This looks more feasible, hopefully the price is too…