Yamaha Tricity- general description
Urban tricycles have a bright future, regardless of whether fans of motorcycles and scooters like it or not. Several important advantages guarantee machines such as Yamaha Tricity a significant place in the sales results.
Yamaha, considering her first vehicle of this type (this is the first urban tricycle developed in Japan) approached the matter extremely unconventional. The work on the scooter was directed by Kazuhisa Takano, who is … an engineer in the Yamaha MotoGP racing department and who is used to building motorcycles for Lorenzo and Rossi. What’s more, Takano san used an unusual test driver – his wife – in the development work.
First of all, the engineers from Iwata achieved an incredibly low vehicle weight. Tricity with its complicated and relatively heavy suspension at the front weighs only 152kg, while the classic X-Max 125 is 17kg heavier. The low weight and low center of gravity mean that the motorcycle does not need a suspension lock that holds the vehicle vertically. Simply keeping it does not require effort beyond the limits of even the tiniest woman. What’s more, the machine is very compact, it has a small windshield, but at the same time, it provides solid protection of the legs against weather conditions. Even taller drivers are able to find a comfortable position when driving small Yamaha.
Generally speaking, sitting on Yamaha, we have the impression of taking a place on a completely ordinary scooter. From the driver’s perspective, nothing betrays the presence of two wheels at the front. The machine has the same width as its classic relatives. The tricycle is produced in Thailand, but the quality, material selection and general aesthetics of the vehicle do not differ from the standard of Yamaha products manufactured in Japan. From this image of normality and typicality, one of the most important details differs – the presence of an additional wheel in the front suspension …
Two wheels at the front
In order to achieve good traction, Yamaha decided to use a complicated system of swing arms and switches with double carrier tubes.
The Japanese Yamaha Tricity rides like any other single track – it requires a dynamic balance and bends in curves. The vehicle remains very stable on bumpy road sections. It’s difficult to lose your balance on Tricity even on potholes or when driving curbs, which in its own way should not be surprising, because this machine was created to drive on such surfaces. Let us add that thanks to the low weight, the ease with which this equipment turns simply has to delight. The braking force is excellent, especially in versions with ABS.