Yamaha Tricity 155

Yamaha Tricity 155

I’m on a scooter review theme after my affordable and special motorcycles post where I rediscovered the Vespa.  The Yamaha Tricity 155 is the subject this post as it’s the only 3 wheeled scooter you can still buy in Australia. It’s not the first 3 wheel scooter though, that was the unfortunately named Piaggo MP3 and it probably didn’t sell here as it was too expensive and it wasn’t called a Vespa.

Three wheeled scooters are pretty rare despite being popular elsewhere with a  claimed over 200,000 MP3 alone. Personally I can’t see the value in 3 wheels but perhaps with the benefits of negating balancing issues and not having to dirty your feet on the ground when stopped. Nevertheless two wheels in the front and one in the back will always have physics and other technical problems to overcome and in this case they have.

In terms of looks the Trinity 155 looks good, at least in pictures. Unfortunately on the street it’s not quite so attractive looking like a tall bicycle. The blacked out colour scheme was good in the early 2010’s but in 2018 it’s looking a little dated. The front end of the Tricity looks great but the rear end looks like it’s been borrowed from a regular scooter, specifically the Yamaha ‘Delight’ model.

In terms of specifications the Yamaha Tricity 155 is pretty basic I’m really pushing it to highlight any interesting tech features. Nonetheless it is the development of the twin wheel on the front is where the development money went. The larger 155cc engine probably due to the need to reduce emission requirements. The Trinity is also LAMS approved so anyone can ride one.

The Yamaha Trinity 155 is priced around $5000 AUD i n 2018 which is high for a 155cc engine but it does have 3 wheels and for those who have balance issues it is the perfect solution. I don’t think the Tricity is in my future list of purchases but it could be the bike just for you!

Yamaha Tricity 155 Key Specifications
Engine: 1 cylinder 4V SHOC  (EFI)
Capacity: 155cc
Power/Torque: 9 Kw @ 7250 RPM xx 12 Nm @ 7250 RPM
Gearbox: CVT
Kerb Weight: 165 Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed 139 Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 7 litre fuel tank
Approx 3 Lts per 100km
Seat height: 780 mm
Dimensions: L1980 x W750 x H1210
Recommended Retail Price: $5000 (2018)

 

Price of petrol June 2018

priceofpetrolThe price of petrol I paid during June 2018 averaged $1.50 per litre for 91 Octane unleaded petrol add up to 15 cents more for 95 Octane petrol and usually up to 25 cents for 98 Octane petrol, location is Melbourne Australia. Prices have been consistently high it’s annoying and unjustified.

The last time I looked diesel was price $1.53 per litre.

Note that fuel prices vary according to area, the level of competition and a whole heap of other factors like shopping discounts and so forth, however unreasonable high prices (relative to crude oil prices) is greed. Also note that the Octane level I post here represents Australian measurement which is different from those in other countries eg. US.