Yamaha Tricity Concept
Yamaha release the New Tricity concept to media at Eicma. This concept though will make it into production early 2014.
Yamaha Tricity 125
Yamaha will release a new three wheeled scooter in the European summer, 2014. And whilst a three wheeled scooter is nothing new, the Tricity could be a cheaper and lighter alternative to some of the other more expensive options on today's market.
The Tricity will weigh in at around 150 kg's and cost somewhere in the vicinity of $4000 Euro. Compare that against models from Piaggio and you see why Yamaha Europe believes it might be on a winner here.
This will be a European only model, initially the Tricity will only available in a 125 version to cater for European licensing regulations. I could be wrong, but I doubt we will see this one in Australia.
Please find an extract from the European press release below.
European Press Release - Yamaha Tricity Concept
The new Leaning Multi Wheel Tricity is the first New Mobility model to be introduced by Yamaha, and it will be available in the European summer, 2014.
The traditional 2-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 waste their 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 the scooter market.
Yamaha will enter the 3-wheel sector very soon with new Tricity, and what is highly significant about this new model is that it 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 2-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 3-wheel model will be priced to be the most competitive model in the class. In fact, Yamaha will be offering this New Mobility model at a very competitive target retail price of below € 4.000, which is potentially less than the amount that many people spend to commute to work over one year on public transport.