Yamaha Motor Australia announced that the Tricity 300 leaning multi-wheel bike will be hitting Australian Yamaha dealerships now. The new bike will be a good option for city commuters and people looking for good everyday transportation.
The Tricity 300 gets an all-new Blue Core 292cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine that’s mated to a CVT. This means it’s a twist-n-go machine and very easy to ride.
The thing that makes this machine special is its leaning multi-wheel steering. The bike has three wheels but it leans like a motorcycle thanks to the unique front suspension setup. The bike also has what Yamaha calls Standing Assist, which helps keep the machine upright when stopped. This makes it even easier to ride.
The bike has typical scooter styling and design for the most part with generous under-seat storage (43.5 liters) for helmets. It comes with LED headlight, flashers, and taillight. The bike also gets an LCD information cluster that’s easy to read with a digital speedometer, bar-style tach, a clock, odometer, and trip odometer.
The Tricity 300 also comes with lighting for ABS, Standing Assist, TCS, and temperature. There’s also a parking brake to use. If you need to charge a device, such as a smartphone, the bike has a DC outlet for you to use. Disc brakes provide stopping power both up-front and in the rear.
The price of the Tricity 300 is $11,849 ride away. It is available in only one color and that’s the kind of drab Nimbus Grey color you see in the image above.
Yamaha Motor Australia have announced the release of the Tricity 300, the all-new 292 cc Leaning Multi Wheel (LMW) model that brings a fresh new look to the ever-growing Australian scooter market, at a ride away price of $11,849 in a Nimbus Grey colour scheme.
Tricity 300’s LMW technology and Stand Assist system is aimed at easing the transition from car to motorcycle for the large number of drivers currently looking for better transport solutions. Applying the in-depth LMW knowledge gained from the development and production of the Tricity 125/155 and Niken models, Yamaha designers created Tricity 300, offering more performance than the 125 and 155 models, without reaching the more performance and touring based specifications of the Niken.
Fitted with a model-specific Leaning Multi Wheel steering linkage, the Tricity 300’s leaning front wheels give a natural and confident cornering character and high levels of traction even on wet or slippery surfaces, with a turn and go throttle, ABS, unified brake system, traction control, large 14 inch wheels, generous storage and great economy, although weight is up over the XMax 300 with which is shares a powerplant, with the Tricity tipping the scales at 237 kg fully fueled.
Large brakes, ABS and Unified Braking System (UBS)
Large 14-inch wheels
Spacious 43.5L of under seat storage
LED lights and large LCD instruments
Convenient Smart Key operation
Leaning Multi Wheel steering
The LMW steering mechanism contributes to the Tricity 300’s easy and user-friendly character by giving a generous 72 degrees of steering angle, making it easy to manoeuvre in congested traffic and tight spaces. Front-end traction and braking power are enhanced thanks to a wide 470mm front wheel-track, with a balanced and planted character when steering and cornering.
Standing Assist system
The Tricity 300’s Standing Assist system provides extra convenience by helping the machine to remain upright when stopped. This system features a caliper and disc mounted onto the LMW mechanism’s upper parallelogram arm. When the Standing Assist system is activated, the caliper’s compact electric actuator pushes the pads onto the disc locking the linkage in place.
As soon as the Tricity 300 throttle is opened the Standing Assist system disengages automatically, enabling the rider to ride away. The Standing Assist system also helps keep the bike upright at a standstill. The Tricity 300’s Standing Assist system is completely separated from the suspension functions, making it easier and more comfortable when manoeuvring it in tight spaces, as well as placing it on the main stand.
The compact and aerodynamic front cowl is slim and high, with a short and relatively narrow nose that leaves an open space between the twin front wheels to emphasise the LMW design, and incorporates LED headlight, flashers, and tail light. The large 43.5L storage space under the seat has internal LED lighting and can accommodate two full-face helmets or one full-face helmet and an A4-sized briefcase.
The LCD instruments have been designed to provide all the relevant information in a clear and easy to understand display. There’s a large digital speedometer as well as a bar-type tachometer, clock, odometer, and trip meters. The outer edges of the panel display indicator lighting for ABS, Standing Assist system, TCS, and ambient air temperature. A parking brake has also been fitted for ease of parking to secure the machine when not being ridden. There’s also a DC outlet port in the front panel for charging and powering various devices.
Blue Core 292 cc engine
An advanced Blue Core SOHC 292cc liquid-cooled four-stroke engine gives delivers a balance of strong performance with excellent economy, making the Tricity 300 ideal for longer distances and highway riding. When combined with the easy-going lightweight twist-and-go CVT automatic gearbox, the Tricity makes for an ideal commuter or getaway machine.
To attract a new generation of riders, Yamaha’s designers have concentrated on creating a lightweight chassis that inspires confidence as well as exceptional agility. A 1590 mm wheelbase combined with optimised steering geometry, a 470mm front wheel track, and front-rear weight distribution of around 50:50 with a rider on board – ensure a great chassis balance and lightweight feeling. The engine is mounted to the new lightweight frame using a linked type system to minimise engine vibrations, delivering a silky-smooth ride. Fuel capacity is 13 litres.
Wheels and tyres
Unlike many other three-wheelers in the 300cc+ class which feature smaller front wheels, the Tricity 300 has matching lightweight 14-inch cast aluminium wheels at the front and rear. New 14-inch tubeless tyres have been jointly developed with Bridgestone. The new tyres feature an optimised balance of stiffness together with a new compound designed to meet the specific requirements of the Tricity 300.
267 mm disc brakes
The use of 14-inch wheels has allowed the fitment of large-diameter 267mm discs on all three wheels to deliver exceptional braking power and control on a wide variety of road surfaces. As well as being equipped with ABS to prevent accidental wheel lock-ups on loose or slippery surfaces, the Tricity 300 also features Yamaha’s Unified Braking System (UBS) that balances braking force to all three wheels. When the rider applies only the rear brake braking force is applied to both the front and rear wheels.
Safety, electronics & tech
Along with the three-wheel layout and the enhanced control offered by the ABS and a Unified Braking System, a Traction Control System (TCS) adds another layer of safety to the Tricity 300. The traction control can be deactivated via a dash-mounted button. Using the new Tricity 300 is also convenient thanks to its Smart Key system, allowing control of ignition and security functions without manually inserting a key.
The Tricity 300’s LCD instruments provide all the relevant information in a clear and easy to understand display. There’s a large digital speedometer as well as a bar-type tachometer, clock, odometer, trip meter and more. Indicator lights show ABS, Standing Assist system status, TCS, and ambient air temperature – with a warning light coming on at 3ºC and lower.
Contact your nearest Yamaha dealer to organise a test ride, or visit the Yamaha Motor Australia website for more information (link). The Tricity 300 is currently available for a ride away price of $11,849 inc GST* in the Nimbus Grey colour scheme. Finance and Insurance are also available through Yamaha Motor Finance.
*Pricing quoted is correct at time of publication on 28 Oct 2020.
Yamaha launched their Tricity 125 three-wheeler back in 2014, introducing the brand’s first ‘Leaning Multi-Wheel vehicle’ and evolving into the more powerful Tricity 155 more recently. Now for 2020 Yamaha have announced the Tricity 300, a mid-range option that sits above the Tricity 155, but well below their full sports-touring three-wheel motorcycle – the Niken.
The Tricity offers excellent stability thanks to a dual front-wheel setup, built around the LMW Ackerman suspension/steering system, without compromising lean angle. Combined with the easy-going automatic nature of a scooter TriCity make for an ideal commuter.
The Tricity 300 also offers the benefit of being able to be ridden on a car licence in some countries, although this isn’t the case in Australia, however we can assume the Tricity 300 will be LAMS legal, as the XMAX 300 is, and the Tricity will no doubt weigh in a little heaiver than the XMAX.
Blue Core – liquid-cooled 4-stroke SOHC 300 cc 4-valve single-cylinder
Storage for 2 full-face helmets
LED lights and large LCD instruments
Convenient Smart Key operation
Traction Control System (TCS)
267 mm brake rotors, ABS and Unified Brake System
Large 14-inch wheels
Leaning Multi Wheel (LMW) technology
The LMW Ackerman suspension/steering system features a parallelogram link and cantilevered front suspension with the dual fork tubes mounted on the inner face of the front wheels. This layout gives agile and confident handling together with enhanced feelings of stability when riding on slippery or uneven surfaces.
The LMW steering mechanism contributes towards the machine’s easy and user friendly character by giving a generous 72° of steering angle, making the Tricity 300 manoeuvrable in congested traffic and tight spaces. A full 130mm of ground clearance means the machine can handle uneven surfaces and avoid being grounded out when being pushed over kerbs while parking.
Having two front wheels offers the benefits of additional front-end traction and braking power thanks to a wide 470mm front wheel-track, with a balanced and planted character when steering and cornering.
The Tricity 300 will be ideally suited to both new riders and those riders coming over to three-wheels from conventional scooter or motorcycle, with a focus on the new generation of riders with no experience on two or three wheels looking for an easy entry-point.
2020 Tricity 300 chassis
The Tricity 300 features a 1590 mm wheelbase combined with optimised steering geometry and a 470 mm front wheel track, which combined with a front-rear weight distribution of around 50:50 with a rider on board – ensure a great chassis balance and lightweight feeling.
The newly designed frame is constructed with small-diameter tubing offering a balance of strength and rigidity – while plates are used around the head pipe area to help provide feel when steering and cornering.
In order to reduce any feelings of vibration to a minimum, the engine is mounted to the new lightweight frame using a linked type system.
The Tricity 300 is also equipped with matching 14-inch wheels at both the front and rear, larger than those fitted to much of the competition which increases stability even further.
These lightweight larger diameter wheels and specially developed wide-section Bridgestone tyres offer a number of advantages, including high levels of traction, durability and wet weather performance, together with a smooth ride and confident road holding.
The use of large diameter 267 mm discs on all three wheels give greater braking power and control on a wide variety of road surfaces.
A commuter can encounter everything from tram lines and cobbles through to poorly maintained roads and diesel spills, but with a stable three-wheel configuration and high-specification brakes, the Tricity 300 is ready to tackle the all the commuting challenges.
As well as being equipped with ABS to prevent accidental wheel lock ups on loose or slippery surfaces, the Tricity 300 also features Yamaha’s Unified Braking System that balances braking force to all three wheels.
Yamaha’s Unified Braking System ensures when the rider applies only the rear brake – either through the left handlebar lever or via the foot brake – braking force is applied to the front and rear wheels.
When both the front and rear brakes are applied at the same time the braking force applied to the front wheels is a combination of input from both levers; and when the front brake lever is applied on its own, only the front brakes are activated.
Tricity 300 styling & storage
The Tricity design incorporates styling cues from Yamaha’s XMAX and TMAX sport scooters – as well as a touch of DNA from the Niken – Yamaha’s three-wheel sport tourer motorcycle.
A compact and aerodynamic front cowl is slimmer and higher than other designs in the category. Tricity 300’s short and relatively narrow nose leaves an open space between the twin front wheels to emphasise this feature.
There’s a large storage space under the seat that can accommodate two full-face helmets or one full-face helmet and an A4-sized briefcase, and the compartment is fitted with internal LED lighting.
A parking brake secures the machine when not being ridden, while the fuel tank and seat locks can be easily released with the push of a button – and there’s also a DC outlet in the front panel for charging and powering various devices.
300cc Blue Core engine
The Tricity 300 is driven by Yamaha’s latest Blue Core engine, a liquid-cooled four-stroke SOHC 300cc four-valve single-cylinder engine used by the XMAX 300 and incorporates a number of features to suit the unique requirements of the new Tricity.
For strong acceleration, fuel efficiency and eco-friendliness, the Tricity 300 runs with revised fuel injector mapping settings, and the 12-hole injector features an optimised spray angle that increases combustion efficiency for strong low to mid-range torque, particularly important with a heavier three-wheeler compared to the more conventional XMAX.
Horsepower losses are reduced by the use of a semi-dry sump lubrication system and the Tricity 300 is equipped with a one-piece forged crankshaft.
To achieve a high level of combustion efficiency the shape of the combustion chamber and intake port is also optimised while the lightweight DiASil offset cylinder is equipped with a durable forged piston.
2020 Tricity 300 electronics & tech
Using the new Tricity 300 is convenient thanks to its Smart Key system. As long as the rider has the Smart Key with them, they can carry out all of the main operations via the main switch.
Along with the three-wheel layout and the enhanced control offered by the ABS and a Unified Braking system, a Traction Control System (TCS) adds another layer of safety to the Tricity 300.
The Tricity 300’s LCD instruments provide all the relevant information in a clear and easy to understand display. There’s a large digital speedometer as well as a bar-type tachometer, clock, odometer, tripmeter and more – and ln the outer edges of the panel the rider can see the indicator lights showing ABS, Tilt Lock Assist system status, TCS and ambient air temperature – with a warning light coming on at 3ºC and lower.
The Tricity 300 also features a Tilt Lock Assist system that provides extra convenience by helping the machine to remain upright when stopped.
This system features a caliper and brake disc that are mounted onto the LMW mechanism’s upper parallelogram arm. When the Tilt Lock Assist system is activated, the caliper’s compact electric actuator pushes the pads onto the disc and locks the parallelogram linkage in place.
As soon as the Tricity 300 throttle is opened the Tilt Lock Assist system disengages automatically, enabling the rider to ride away.
The Tricity 300’s Tilt Lock Assist system is completely separated from the suspension functions, making it easier and more comfortable when pushing the Tricity 300 forwards or backwards when parking and also makes it easier when placing the vehicle on its main stand.
Australian availability and pricing is yet to be announced.