Yamaha's three-wheeled three­some

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Yamaha seem very keen to pur­sue three-wheeled so­lu­tions right now, hot on the heels of their Tric­ity go­ing on sale last year. The £3399 Tric­ity 125 is the firm’s first three­wheeler, and it ar­rived to rave re­views for its peppy per­for­mance and nim­ble han­dling.

Back in 2014 Yamaha wowed us with the GEN01 con­cept, which took the Tric­ity train of thought, but clearly reimag­ined it as a per­for­mance-ori­en­tated street bike, rather than an ur­ban rid­ing so­lu­tion. A year later and the third three-wheeled in­car­na­tion ap­peared, the MWT-9 you see here – a bike that looks pretty much ready to roll, and is ex­pected as a 2017 model. Of course, there’s also plenty of scope to grow the range even fur­ther. Yamaha’s plat­form-shar­ing en­gi­neer­ing is ram­pant right now, and all the in­di­ca­tions would point to the 9 be­ing fol­lowed by an MWT-7 us­ing the MT-07 mo­tor, and an MWT-3 us­ing the MT-03 mo­tor as a ri­val to Pi­ag­gio’s MP3, which shifted 559 units in the UK last year alone. Yamaha have also shown the GEN-F and de­cid­edly funky look­ing GEN-X as con­cepts – the lat­ter draw­ing heav­ily on retro styling that would prob­a­bly see it fly out of city show­rooms.

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