Yamaha re-iterated plans it will produce more Leaning-Multi-Wheel vehicles during the official Japanese launch event for the three-wheeled Tricity scooter. Yamaha had previously announced the Tricity would be just the first in a new series of vehicles during the scooter’s launch in Thailand, but the company has now revealed how they will differ from each other.
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Hiroyuki Yanagi, president and chief executive officer of Yamaha Motor Co., at the Japanese launch event, the company will produce several more vehicles using the same leaning mechanism to cover a range of uses, finding a balance between leisure and commuter vehicles and between sports and utility.
As the presentation slide above shows, the Tricity falls close to the middle of the LMW family, with a slight bias towards commuting and utility. Sportier models may presumably use larger engines than the Tricity’s 125cc Single.
Yamaha’s LMW mechanism uses a parallelogram link design to allow the two front wheels to tilt while maintaining a constant distance between them. Each front wheel has its own cantilever telescopic fork, with the tubes running on the inside of the wheel.
[Source: Yamaha; launch event photos by Getty Images]