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)

 

2018 Yamaha MT-07 LA

Yamaha MT-07 LA

The Yamaha MT-07 LA is a custom built learner motorcycle and this one is based on the regular full power MT-07. Yamaha claims that THE MT-07LA version has been specifically designed for the learner market. I like the look of the MT-07 as it is a good looking modern motorcycle design that is similar yet different from the rest of the naked motorcycle class.

Technically the MT-07 is a power restricted version of the regular by reducing engine capacity and ECU modifications. The MT-07LA is the only learner motorcycle I know that uses a full 180 width rear tyre fitted as standard (180-55-17) so no one but keen motorcyclists will know the difference which is arguably the key selling feature of the MT-07.  The engine has been reduced in capacity and retuned for torque and there 68Nm is very high for a reasonably weighted approx 200kg motorcycle.

In terms of design the MT-07LA uses the latest Yamaha styling themes which means it looks good and different to other motorcycle brands. Picures on the internet do not do it justice so check one out in the showroom of not the street.

The Yamaha MT-07LA costs $9999 AUD on the road so it is a little more expensive than the popular LAMS or learner motorcycles like the Kawasaki Ninja 300 but the MT-07 is a more modern motorcycle with more expensive parts. Although it shouldn’t matter the most important and key selling points are: the MT-07LA is arguably the fastest LAMS or learner motorcycle you can buy and it looks exactly like the full power motorcycle.

Yamaha MT-07 LA Key Specifications (2018)
Engine: IL2 cylinder (EFI)
Capacity: 655cc
Power/Torque: 38Kw @ 4000RPM 68 Nm @ 6500RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed
Kerb Weight: 182Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 12 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 805mm
Dimensions: L2085 x W745 x H1090
Recommended Retail Price: $9,999 Ride away (2017)