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Yamaha Tricity revealed

By Andy Downes -

New bikes

 25 March 2014 11:37

This is the full production version of the all-new Yamaha Tricity; a leaning 125cc three-wheel scooter that claims to be lighter and cheaper than all the rivals in the three wheel class.

The scooter was launched at yesterday’s Bangkok motorcycle show in Thailand and the bike will go on sale in the UK within weeks.

In actual fact the Yamaha doesn’t have any direct rivals as there are no other 125cc three-wheelers available with Piaggio and Peugeot only offering much larger capacity and more expensive rivals.

The engine is a newly-developed, liquid-cooled 125cc four-stroke with a CVT gearbox which Yamaha claims is very fuel efficient. It also has a large underseat storage compartment and full LED front lights.

The Yamaha is claimed to have a ready-to-ride weight of 152kg; a lot lower than the approximate 200kg quoted for the admittedly larger capacity 300cc Piaggio MP3 LT.

Yamaha claims the way the leaning twin-wheel front suspension system has been designed accounts for the lower weight.

A ‘concept’ version of the Tricity was launched at the Milan motorcycle show in November 2013 and at that time the price was promised to be less than €4000 and this appears to still be happening.

Taking into account the current exchange rate that translates to a UK price of less than £3300 which is almost half the cost of a Piaggio MP3 LT which costs more than £6000.

Yamaha states: “Hidden behind the lightweight front cowl, a lightweight parallelogram link gives the rider the ability to lean the Tricity in much the same way as a conventional 2-wheel scooter.

"The parallelogram link's component parts are connected to the forks and the frame's steering head, and when the Tricity rider enters a turn this system allows the twin front wheels to lean over in parallel.

“Another key element of Yamaha's patented new mechanism is the use of special tandem-type cantilevered telescopic front forks that feature two separate tubes for each wheel. The rear fork tubes function as guides, while the front fork tubes handle the shock absorbing functions to deliver smooth cushioning throughout the 90mm stroke.

"The suspension system on each front wheel operates completely independently, and this gives a smooth and stable feel over bumpy road surfaces and in changing road conditions.”