The Tricity smashed my initial preconceptions of being another 3-wheeler clone on the market. From the initial curbside appeal I was pleasantly surprised by it's sharp lines and iconic Yamaha flair. Climbing aboard and entering what feels like a futuristic space pod, everything felt right about what Yamaha have created here. The low flat floor gave me plenty of leg room whilst the seat was supportive. I have always had a preference to traditional analogue displays but turning the key the unobstructed and clearly laid out digital display gave me all the information I needed without confusing the situation. Smack bang in the middle is a large, easy to read digital speedo that I found very easy to read at a glance, especially when entering those 40km school zones. This functional simplicity seems to carry on throughout this well thought out scooter from the intuitive controls to the storage space that fits a full face helmet.
I only managed to get a short run on this charming little scoot, my first thought was gee I'm really getting to like these three wheelers.
The Yamaha Tricity is a hoot to ride around the city, the steering is light with good feel and possesses a huge amount of confidence inspiring traction. The light and very capable handling is only one of several highlights for this scoot.
The engine is very smooth as is the transmission. Delivering good performance for a 125cc, adequate for the city but with a 90 km/h top speed it is not designed for use on the freeways.
I love the styling and think that the classy large diameter front wheels really sets off the very smart looks. I gather that the designer Kazuhisa Takano created this scoot for his wife. The love care and devotion of this endeavour clearly shows through in every part of the Tricity. It's very well put together in usual Yamaha fashion.
A great scoot for those happy to stay within the confines of the city, and if this fits the bill, a test ride is a very strong recommendation.
Doing my 50k daily commute as well as all the local rides up to the shops, around town etc, and the Tricity impressed. For a little 125cc it ticks an awful lot of boxes.
It's a very cute scoot to look at, Japanese chic, brilliant design, really well built and put together. The Tricity sure gets lots of attention and heaps of non scooter riders comment about pretty it looks. But what's really exciting about this 3 wheeler is its balance and poise through the corners.
The Tricity’s designer Kazuhisa Takano worked on Yamaha's GP race chassis and the chassis performance of the Tricity is outstanding. It has 50/50 weight distribution front and rear like a race bike, and with the three wheels and low centre of gravity it is a seriously good to ride. Combined with its low weight, and neutral steering, the suspension is untroubled by road surface irregularities. The three discs which are linked with the L hand brake, which means the scoot stops very quickly. It is so stable and balanced when you lean it into sharp corners, it turns faster than any other scooter that I can remember and is a real joy around the roundabouts. All this makes for an exciting ride. While the engine means its not a rocket the handling more than makes up for it.
After wringing the Tricity’s neck all week commuting, I took it for a couple of outings on the Old Pacific Highway on the weekend.
The engine had bedded in nicely, much better acceleration off the lights and I was getting a regular top speed of 95k/h. I had hitched a ride with 7 other scooters and a Harley, and I wanted some other riders opinions on this tiny 3 wheeler, so I reluctantly left the Nexus at home and took the Tricity.
At the start of the ride I told the others that I'd be at the back of the pack because I had a 125 but added that I wouldn’t be far behind them. The thing was the Tricity was so good in the corners that I didn’t have to brake or slow down. It was getting boring braking because of the Harley, so I stopped to let the other riders get ahead, then with a clear road in front of me, I was able to push the 3 wheeler through the tight 45k/h corners and was amazed how well it stuck. Although I was only travelling around 75k/h I was having a ball. The Tricity was cutting up one of my favourite twisty roads like a hot knife through butter.
That was about the last I saw of them until we regrouped at Berowra. The Tricity was just too adept at cutting through traffic, the only thing missing was blatt! acceleration, but as long as you could keep the revs up the scooter was totally competitive.
I made sure I was first into the Old Road because the tyres were warmed up and it was mostly down hill. I got it up to 109k/h where it started to feel a little jittery in the front wheels. I hit the hairpin halfway down the mountain and saw Eddie from Old Rd Photographers with some cameras so I leaned the scoot steeper than ever before and hung on as I bounced through the corner thinking this is going to be embarrassing if Tricity doesn't stick. Through the corner and galloping down the road I had reminiscences of racing billy carts at ridiculous speeds when we were kids. When I texted Eddie to see if he had any pics he replied "So that was you throwing sparks down the road! That was quite a spectacular feat ha ha." Must have been scraping the stand at that point.
Gave out a few test rides with the other riders for a promise of a short review. Nearly everyone got off the scooter with a big grin and a surprised look in their eyes. Comments like; it looks great, well built, its light, nicely balanced, WOW! like it better than the Burgman, pity it hasn't got a 150, pity it hasn't got a 250.
After the test rides the group split and we ended up copping a heavy drenching by rolling storms. I did get wet in the deluge but was surprised by how much of my trousers remained dry. The front fairing offers a fair amount rain protection.
Blue skies followed the storm as and we headed back on a drying road. Again the Tricity galloped away down the ridge and handled the hard riding very well. The hills slowed the little 3 wheeler down to a real 75km/h but after riding all day on full throttle, as you tend to do on a 125 on the open roads, in the end came in with a fuel consumption of 35km/l. The day before it had been 38lkm/l.
This mighty little Yamaha Tricity 125cc 3 wheeler really impressed, Despite only being a 125 it was more than capable as a commuter, could handle almost any corner flat out, filtered well, super lightweight and manoeuvrable, good brakes, reasonable storage, great looks, and all in a quality build.
At $4999 on the road the Tricity would be a definite contender for a first scooter. Yamaha have been in the motorcycle game for so long and they do know what they are doing. Anything from that brand is going to be quality and I’m a firm believer in buying quality when it comes to scooters. While being pitched to young inner city riders particularly females, the Tricity would also a useful addition to someone who has a stable with large capacity motorcycles who is looking for a smaller lighter machine that handles like a race bike for city duties.
Last night I took it back, after a 750kms week long affair, and already I miss it. It was THAT good!
9.5 shooting stars.