Yamaha, the Japanese auto maker, last year displayed the TriCity concept at the Milan Motorcycle show in November 2013. Now, the manufacturer has unveiled the production version of the scooter. Tricity was launched at Bangkok motorcycle show in Thailand and is scheduled to go on sale in the European markets within weeks.
The scooter makes use of Yamaha’s LMW (Leaning Multi Wheel) technology and company claims the three-wheel scooter is lighter and cheaper than all the rivals in three wheel class. But, there are no other direct rivals present for the TriCity to compete head-on. The three-wheeler which are available in the European markets are from the manufacturers like Piaggio and Peugeot. And these scooters which are on sale, are of much larger capacity and also are more expensive. The company says that the TriCity’s intelligent fuel injection system results in greater efficiency compared to rivals.
Powering the scooter is a newly-developed, liquid-cooled 125cc four-stroke with a CVT gearbox and also is fuel efficient says Yamaha. It also has full LED head lamp and has a large under seat storage compartment. The company claims to have a ready-to-ride weight of 152kg which is 200kg lower than the 300cc Piaggio MP3 LT.
As far as braking is concerned, it has been provided with 220 mm front discs and a 230 mm rear disc. The scooter also gets Yamaha’s UBS (Unified Braking System). The TriCity is available in four colors: Anodized Red, Mistral Grey, Competition White and Midnight Black.
Yamaha claims the way, the leaning twin-wheel front suspension system has been designed accounts for the lower weight. 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”.
Company also states that,“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.”