YAMAHA’S POWER OF THREE

Ag­gres­sive MT- 09-based three-wheeler ex­pect­ede in shops soon

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Andy Downes & Ben Purvis

amaha’s rad­i­cal MWT-9 three­wheeler is ex­pected to go on sale in 2017, and the firm has just sub­mit­ted a trade­mark ap­pli­ca­tion. With three cylin­ders and three wheels the bike was one of the stranger con­cepts of 2015 – and yet ev­ery in­di­ca­tion is that it’s go­ing straight into pro­duc­tion with barely any changes.

De­rived from tech­nol­ogy al­ready proven in the Tric­ity scooter, the MWT-9 uses the 847cc en­gine from the firm’s MT-09, com­plete with 115bhp, to cre­ate a lean­ing trike with the sort of per­for­mance that a cou­ple of decades ago would have earned it a su­per­bike tag.

The fact Yamaha has ap­plied for a trade­mark on the name ‘MWT’ adds weight to the the­ory that it is about to be­come a pro­duc­tion model. If Yamaha had no plans to re­visit the name and use it for com­mer­cial pur­poses, the trade­mark makes lit­tle sense.

The ap­pli­ca­tion it­self spec­i­fies that the name is for use on “mo­tor­cy­cles, scoot­ers, mopeds, three-wheeled mo­tor­cy­cles, three-wheeled scoot­ers, three-wheeled mopeds and parts and fit­tings thereof.”

Pres­i­dent of Yamaha Mo­tors Hiroyuki Yanagi re­cently made an of­fi­cial state­ment about the fu­ture for the com­pany as it strives to grow and di­ver­sify.

Yanagi said: “We are start­ing our 60th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions on a high point but we want to con­tinue to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions again and again. We have a strong de­sire to de­liver a strong per­for­mance and that in­cludes two, three and even four-wheeled ve­hi­cles.

“We want to ex­tend our tech­nol­ogy and grow our cus­tomer base. The

Ythree-wheel­ers pro­vide fun and ex­tra safety but the MWT is the first time a mo­tor­cy­cle in the ‘fun’ cat­e­gory has been de­vel­oped. Three years ago we told you Yamaha was back and we should rightly be proud of our achieve­ments since then, but we must con­tinue.”

Yanagi’s ref­er­ence to the MWT-9 be­ing a first in the ‘fun’ bike cat­e­gory is a ref­er­ence to the fact the other three- wheel­ers on sale to­day are ei­ther large-ca­pac­ity lean­ing scoot­ers or much smaller-en­gined ver­sions.

Two de­sign­ers from a ri­val man­u­fac­turer – nei­ther of whom wanted to be named – were spot­ted ex­am­in­ing the MWT-9 con­cept at the Mi­lan show. One told us: “You can see this is a pro­duc­tion spec­i­fi­ca­tion bike. The qual­ity of the cast­ings is that of a pro­duc­tion ve­hi­cle rather than a hand-built con­cept bike.

“The colours and fin­ish of some pan­els may change but you can see the switchgear has been mod­i­fied from the stan­dard MT-09 and looks ready for pro­duc­tion right now.”

All man­u­fac­tur­ers are search­ing for an­swers in the ‘ur­ban mo­bil­ity’ sec­tor as cities around the globe get busier, more crowded and more sen­si­tive to pol­lu­tion. All mo­tor­cy­cle and car man­u­fac­tur­ers are look­ing for de­signs that can still of­fer per­sonal mo­bil­ity yet re­main ac­cept­able to ever-stricter emis­sions reg­u­la­tions. This seems to be Yamaha’s bold of­fer­ing and more could fol­low (see story, right).

ÔITÕS the first time a three-wheeler has been de­vel­oped in the Ôfunõ cat­e­go­ryõ

It’s the first lean­ing trike to be de­signed purely for fun More beef needed The MT-09 swingarm and sub­frame ap­pear to have been car­ried over in­tact but the front tubu­lar chas­sis that bolts on to the en­gine, and the rear sec­tion are all-new and have been

Sus­pen­sion The clever quad-fork works to sup­port the ex­tra weight of the lean­ing sus­pen­sion gear with a set of four cut-down fork legs which keeps the sus­pen­sion damp­ing con­trol but also man­ages all the ad­di­tional sprung mass. Brake ex­pec­ta­tions The cal

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