Not yet available in the U.S., the 2015 Yamaha Tricity is all about innovation and engineering. In developing this three-wheel scooter, project leader Kazuhisa Takano — who was part of the development team for race machines like the YZR500 and the YZR-M1 — used not only computer simulations, but also mock-ups with chopsticks and paper models for his team to come up with the parallelogram-link mechanism. It’s this intricate mechanism that gives the Tricity its agile cornering ability, unlike the bulky hulk of other three-wheel rides. Race technology also gave the Tricity its natural, linear movement, and the nearly 50:50 weight distribution between the front and rear wheels makes this handle more like a motorcycle than a scooter.
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The Yamaha Tricity has been fully revealed by the Japanese manufacturer. The new model has a three wheels configuration and is the first one of its kind produced by Yamaha.
Thanks to its innovative front axle which can keep the two wheels parallel when the scooter is angled, the Tricity can deal great even with the tight turns. Its three wheels configuration also helps it stay better planted on its wheels so it is more stable than a conventional two wheel scooter.
At its heart lies a 125cc four-stroke engine, which transfers its power to the rear wheel by means of a continuously variable transmission.
The scooter weighs 152 kg (335 lbs) wet, and is fitted with a 6.6-liter (1.74 US gal) fuel tank.
For the moment, the new Yamaha Tricity is available only on the European market and has a starting price of 4,000 Euros ($5,522).
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