Yamaha MWT-9 Headed to Production?

02/22/2016 @ 3:00 pm, by Jensen Beeler12 COMMENTS


For most motorcyclists, the Yamaha MWT-9 isn’t exactly their cup of tea, as the three-wheeler has too many wheels, and it looks like it wandered off the set of next Predators movie. For a select few though, the Yamaha MWT-9 looks like a good time with the wind in your face.

Leaning multi-wheel vehicles have been heating up from the OEMs, especially from the Japanese manufacturers. The whole point behind them is to tap into a demographic that isn’t looking for something that resembles your typical motorcycle fare.

According to Britain’s Visordown publication, the Yamaha MWT-9 is headed into production, likely to debut within a year or two.

This movement comes from the idea that motorcycles in some markets – like the USA and Europe — are essentially motorized recreational toys, in which case the MWT-9 offers a different experience than a motorcycle.

It also comes from the idea though that engaging younger riders might require something different in the marketplace, a notion that comes from the perceived failure of the current crop of motorcycles to engage the desires of new riders.

In the case of the Yamaha MWT-9, the leaning trike will likely be powered by the same three-cylinder engine found in the FZ-09, which should make for a sport and reliable ride.

How will the market react though? Well, time will tell. We would suggest that you reserve judgment until you ride one though.

Source: Visordown

  • Ducati Kid


    Dismissing PIAGGIO I.P. rights for this type of Three-Wheeled vehicle, their MP3 series, does not make it legal.

    PIAGGIO is currently suing YAMAHA and competitors across our Globe!

    There’s a legal reason HONDA and YAMAHA Three-Wheel vehicles were not at Milan as ITALY removes then impounds suspect concepts or product.

  • Jason

    It is rather easy to get around patents by tweaking the design a bit here and there. Piaggio owns the right to a very specific type of leaning trike, not the concept.

  • Superlight

    This is encouraging for those riders who came from conventional motorcycles, but are now forced to ride something like a 3-wheeler for their open air fun. the Can-Am machines feel more like a car or ATV than a motorcycle.

  • Jason

    This type of vehicle is interesting to me because it is an advancement of the motorcycle concept. A vehicle that leans like a motorcycle but doesn’t crash when one of the tires loses traction.

  • Bob Krzeszkiewicz

    I’m not convinced this is going to capture new riders. If they haven’t gotten into motorcycles by now, they’re likely still not thinking about it. Of the hundreds of people I work with, I’m the only one with a bike. Not just for riding to work, but they don’t have one at home either. Simply announcing a new 3 wheeler to market isn’t going to make non riders all of the sudden want to ride. Where’s the market research that suggests otherwise? Show me the polls of non-riders and what it will take to get them on one and if they agree that an extra wheel is what it will take.
    As for younger riders, with the added complexity of a leaning 3rd wheel, will the accompanying added price really draw younger buyers in to the dealership? As the price of housing is about 2.25X what it was 15 years ago when I bought my house, I’m betting younger people are worried about if they can ever afford a house instead. So I’m not buying the notion that they’re simply waiting for something different. I’m betting they’ll be sticking to their XBOX for fun and with a vehicle they can operate while surfing the web on their phone. The newer gens want to be connected to the rest of the world, not disconnected from it.
    I’m becoming spinally unhealthier as I age but I detest being confined inside a metal coffin on the road. I know I won’t be able to hold up a 2 wheeler at the lights some day. Perhaps this will keep me on a bike for a few more of my years when that day comes. Until then, for me and others like me, we won’t be trading in 2 for 3 until we need to for added stability at a stop.

  • Bob Krzeszkiewicz

    What if it’s the rear wheel that loses the traction? With the assumed added front wheel traction, what was done to also increase traction at the rear? If nothing, is the Bosch 10ME+ being added to help? There’s a whole lot more feel from the front end to a rider’s hands, is there a sense that just because the front is gripping well that the rear is also? Or will people over-ride the rear as a result of false security?
    If this is for anyone, it’s for people looking for added stability, not traction. Extra traction can be had from stickier rubber and better suspension.

  • Bob Krzeszkiewicz

    I’d ridden the Can Am when they were introduced. It was different and interesting but the vehicle not leaning was a turn off. I had to lean like I was on my old 350X 3 wheeler. If it was my only choice in the future for an aging man with a bad spine, then sure, why not. I love to tour and will do 500-1500 miles each sitting, depending on my destination. I like the Can Am’s touring ability.
    So, as I become more decrepit, I’m with you on an alternative offering. But only for that reason.

  • Superlight

    My brother was a motorcyclist for years and even had a road racing resume, but he contracted MS at the age of 41 and his lower body strength kept waning, to the point he had to sell his Ducati SS, as he wasn’t confident he could hold it up at a stop. He bought a Can-Am, but hasn’t really warmed up to that machine because it doesn’t feel like a bike. This leaning concept may give him (and others) the motorcycle feel they’re looking for.

  • Jason

    The trike sides and pivots about the steering head, same as on a quad.

    Losing traction on the rear wheel is easier to control for most riders, whether that loss of traction is from locking the rear wheel under braking or spinning it under power. Most people can recover. Very few riders can lose the front and routinely recover.

  • Trbn

    Where i live people without a motorcycle drivers license, that do own a drivers license for a car, can drive these kinds of three wheeled vehicles.

  • Bob Krzeszkiewicz

    That’s also the case in Texas but only for vehicles 50cc or less.

  • Fivespeed 302

    Looks to me that a high side would not end well, with the rider getting launched and parts flipping everywhere. This thing will have to have some major traction control or it’s nickname will be “The Catapult”.