Yamaha revealed its new Leaning Multi Wheel vehicle at the Brisbane Show on 21 March 2014.
The Tricity is the first of a number of affordable, agile, compact, light and practical new models, and it is Yamaha’s intention to make this the new ‘standard city commuter’.
The traditional two-wheel scooter is widely recognised as one of the most cost-effective and time-efficient forms of transport, yet many commuters all over Europe continue to spend precious time and money on public transport or to commute by car and spend hours each day stuck in traffic jams.
A huge number of non-scooter riders would like to be able to enjoy the convenience, practicality and cost-savings that go with two-wheeler ownership. Yamaha believe that the Tricity’s confidence-inspiring design and fun-to-ride character will open the door to non-scooter riders who are looking for an alternative method of urban transport.
Yamaha Tricity: Taking a new direction
The all-new Tricity is a Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) which is specifically designed to attract a large proportion of scooter and non-scooter users, as well as former riders, to a new market segment.
Tricity represents a completely new approach to the multi-wheel category. The overall concept and design behind this new LMW has followed a completely different development path in comparison to the current 3-wheel models that are available in the market.
What makes the Tricity exceptional is the fact that it is significantly lighter and much more compact than existing 3-wheel models, and Yamaha believe that its remarkable agility and easy handling character will make it attractive to a wide range of existing scooter riders as well as non-riders who have yet to enter the scooter world.
With an approximate weight of only 150kg, the Tricity is comparable to a small to medium sized 125cc two-wheel scooter.
High levels of manoeuvrability
The key objectives that our design team set out to achieve were agility, compactness, lightness, practicality and affordability, and in all areas the Tricity has met Yamaha’s requirements.
One of the most important features on the Tricity is the fact that its overall size is compact – including the width of the two front wheels – allowing the rider to enjoy optimum manoeuvrability in dense city traffic.
Smooth and economical 125cc 4-stroke engine
The new Tricity is powered by an automatic transmission 125cc 4-stroke engine that offers the best balance of performance, economy and weight.
Practicality is another strong point on this new 3-wheel model, and there is a generous storage compartment beneath the flip-up dual seat that is the ideal place to carry a helmet or provisions.
Affordable purchase price and low running costs
Potential customers can be sure that the Tricity will be built according to Yamaha’s demanding quality standards. However, one thing that will surprise everyone is the fact that this all-new Yamaha three-wheel model will be priced to be the most competitive model in the class. In fact, YMA will be offering this new mobility model at a very competitive target retail price that is potentially less than the amount that many people spend to commute to work over one year on public transport.
More details about release timing and pricing will be revealed soon.