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  • 10-30-2014 10:09 PM

    • petegailey
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    Yamaha Tricity 125

    I went to my first scooter launch this week. It was for Yamaha's all new Tricity 125 three wheeler.  In my experience 3 wheelers were heavier than two wheeled scooters and needed more cc's not less. I was expecting that a three wheeler with a 125 would be a joke.

    Arrived at the Technology Park to see a long line of Tricitys parked and ready. Behind them was a gymkana course laid out with banners, barriers and orange cones. At first glance the Tricitys looked the part, modern, light, well put together. Took a few pics of the slim 14" wheels, and the canterlevered steering suspension system that made the wheels turn in parallel. Tried the under seat stowage and found to my surprise that my XL Shark fitted easily. That's a first.

    We were directed up to a presentation room for coffee and croisants where Sean, the Yamaha marketing guy took us through the Tricity pitch. Light, smooth, lively, economical, MotoGP technology, easy to ride, affordable were the words from the podium. Yamaha are targeting young urban women who hadn't ridden before, students, young trendies. Basically they see it as an entry level scooter. and for that it could be ideal.

    Then it was down to the obstacle course for pictures and a ride. Got used to the tight corners and was able to get around with out putting my feet down but there were some really good motorcycle riders who were really pushing the small scooter hard and through the camera lens I could see how well the suspension worked. Then it was lunch and a ride in traffic. The problem was I got stuck behind a council truck and lost the group who ended up going on a two hour ride around Watsons Bay and the Eastern Suburbs. Instead I took a Tricity all around the back streets of Waterloo then out to the Airport and back.

    The thing about the Tricity is that it’s a really lightweight, well-balanced, quality built 125cc 3 wheeler.  It’s almost a work of art, no its actually Japanese Chic. And its goes really well. Perfectly suited for the urban gridlock, it handled city lanes, speed bumps, pot holes, kerbs, bollards, traffic islands, roundabouts effortlessly, filtered beautifully, a slight lag off the lights but at 30k/h it gets a second wind and its away, reaching arterial road speeds easily. 3 disc brakes on this lightweight combine well. Top speed I got it to was 98k/h along the freeway out to the airport, and I could have squeezed a few more had the traffic been lighter. At 40k/l the 6.6 litre tank gets a range of around 250ks.

    By the end of the day I had egg on my face. The tricity turned out to be very impressive. The almost insect lightness and balance of the scoot was high-tech, you could feel the racing pedigree and the 125cc engine is a cut above most of the others out there. Serious bag for buck. Sure it’s being pitched to young innercity newbie’s but Yamaha’s waking up to the fact that it would also be a really good city option for a rider who has a big bike in the garage but wants the convienance of a big grin lightweight runabout.

    All for $4999 ride away. Bloody hell.

     

     

     

     

     

    Daelim NS 125: Mighty 1st scoot from Korea that punched way above its weight. Sold
    Vespa GTS 250: Modern Retro brilliance. I'll ride it til it dies.Traded in on a maxi.
    Suzuki DR650: "That Thing" Excellent Single 650 thumper chook chaser that was too tall. Sold
    Yamaha T Max: Best Maxi out there and serious canyon racer. Sold
    Triumph Bonneville: Modern Retro brilliance with the sweetest parallel twin.
    BMW F800R: The Naked Hun. Great intro into sports bikes.
    Gilera Runner FXR 180: 2 stroke scooter missile from Piaggio.
    Gilera Nexus 500. Sexy like red Italian stilettos.
    Yamaha RZ250RR: Retro Japanese 2 stroke racer.
  • 10-31-2014 03:26 PM In reply to

    Re: Yamaha Tricity 125

    Is it really 'infallible'?  Smile

    Car Enthusiast, Newbie to scooters and riding
  • 10-31-2014 10:36 PM In reply to

    • petegailey
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    Re: Yamaha Tricity 125

    No 3 wheeler, tricycle, bicycle, scooter, motorcycle is in fallable, that's a part of their charm.

    What's exciting about this tricycle is its balance and poise through the corners and a sense of anarchy urging the rider mount the kerb and carve up the city like a pushbike.

    The Tricitys designer Kazuhisa Takano also designed Yamaha's gp race chassis. The chassis performance of the Tricity is outstanding. It has 50/50 weight distribution front and rear like a race bike, and low centre of gravity which makes it very balanced, combined with its low weight, neutral steering, the suspension is untroubled by road surface irregularities, the three discs which are linked with the L hand brake means the scoot stops very quickly. All this makes for an exciting ride. While the engine means its not a rocket the handling more than makes up for it. 

     

     

    Daelim NS 125: Mighty 1st scoot from Korea that punched way above its weight. Sold
    Vespa GTS 250: Modern Retro brilliance. I'll ride it til it dies.Traded in on a maxi.
    Suzuki DR650: "That Thing" Excellent Single 650 thumper chook chaser that was too tall. Sold
    Yamaha T Max: Best Maxi out there and serious canyon racer. Sold
    Triumph Bonneville: Modern Retro brilliance with the sweetest parallel twin.
    BMW F800R: The Naked Hun. Great intro into sports bikes.
    Gilera Runner FXR 180: 2 stroke scooter missile from Piaggio.
    Gilera Nexus 500. Sexy like red Italian stilettos.
    Yamaha RZ250RR: Retro Japanese 2 stroke racer.
  • 11-02-2014 05:47 PM In reply to

    • dbm
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    Re: Yamaha Tricity 125

    Yamaha should book a hotel room for a Tricity and a Tmax :D

     

     

  • 11-06-2014 02:33 PM In reply to

    • awa355
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    Re: Yamaha Tricity 125

    Pete,  Which 'test' rider bowled over all those cones??Wink

    I can hear all the derisive remarks from the 'big brother' brigade.  

    " Ya trainer wheels are on the wrong end"

    "Whatsa matter, Cant ya ride a real bike??"

    Have to admit, I'd love a ride on one. 

    I rode behind a MP3 a few weeks ago. From behind, the front wheels look like the rider had his feet pointing to the ground. From the rear and sideways the bike looked like it is was crabbing. 

    Awa and Buggsy
  • 11-06-2014 08:54 PM In reply to

    • petegailey
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    Re: Yamaha Tricity 125

    awa355:
    Pete,  Which 'test' rider bowled over all those cones??Wink

    I could say it was my handy work but they were laid out like that. I did do one pass around the concrete top of the roundabout just to see if the tricity could cope...and it did.

     

    Daelim NS 125: Mighty 1st scoot from Korea that punched way above its weight. Sold
    Vespa GTS 250: Modern Retro brilliance. I'll ride it til it dies.Traded in on a maxi.
    Suzuki DR650: "That Thing" Excellent Single 650 thumper chook chaser that was too tall. Sold
    Yamaha T Max: Best Maxi out there and serious canyon racer. Sold
    Triumph Bonneville: Modern Retro brilliance with the sweetest parallel twin.
    BMW F800R: The Naked Hun. Great intro into sports bikes.
    Gilera Runner FXR 180: 2 stroke scooter missile from Piaggio.
    Gilera Nexus 500. Sexy like red Italian stilettos.
    Yamaha RZ250RR: Retro Japanese 2 stroke racer.
  • 03-10-2015 01:19 PM In reply to

    • petegailey
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    Re: Yamaha Tricity 125

    Allen got a Tricity for a long term review and Ive been riding it around for the last week. Doing the 50k daily commute as well as all the local rides up to the shops,  around town etc, and the Tricity continues to impress. For a 125cc it ticks a lot of boxes, I reckon its a very cute scoot to look at, chic, brilliant design and really well built and put together. The Tricity sure gets lots of attention and heaps of non scooter riders comment about pretty it looks.

    As I mentioned before The Tricitys designer Kazuhisa Takano also designed Yamaha's gp race chassis and when you're riding the little 3 wheeler the balance and the handling is what impresses most. It is so stable and balanced when you lean it into sharp corners, it turns faster than any other scooter that I can remember and is a real joy around the roundabouts.

    BUT it is a 125. The only frustration I find with the Tricity is its small engine.The one I'm riding this time is brand new and max's out at just over 90k/h.

    Riding a 125 on Sydney's roads requires different strategic approachs. Off the lights a 125 has about the same acceleration as the cars and this can get a little hairy when you're up the front, so Ive found it best to filter through, and slip in behind the1st car on the grid. The other challenge a 125 presents is the lack of acceleration on arterial roads, the Tricity winds up slowly compared to the faster machines that I'm used to, and up a decent hill it will drop back to 70.

    I was thinking about this this morning, of how we in the west have been spoiled by large capacity scooters and motorcycles. On the Nexus one of the readouts is average speed, and it is very rare to get an average on the maxi much over 45k/h around town. If this is the case a 125 should be well capable of keeping up and maintaining these speeds, and in reality it is only rare that 125cc of power is an issue on my commute. Most of the time the Tricity is perfectly acceptable, especially as I'm down to 1 point on my licence.

    At $4999 on the road the Tricity would be a definate contender for a first scooter. Yamaha have been in the motorcycle game for so long and they do know what they are doing. Anything from that brand is going to be quality and Im a firm believer in buying quality when it comes to scooters. The Tricity would also a useful addition to someone who has a stable with large capacity motorcycles who is looking for a smaller lighter machine that handles like a race bike for city duties.

    I really like this one. 9.5 shooting stars.

      

     

     

     

    Daelim NS 125: Mighty 1st scoot from Korea that punched way above its weight. Sold
    Vespa GTS 250: Modern Retro brilliance. I'll ride it til it dies.Traded in on a maxi.
    Suzuki DR650: "That Thing" Excellent Single 650 thumper chook chaser that was too tall. Sold
    Yamaha T Max: Best Maxi out there and serious canyon racer. Sold
    Triumph Bonneville: Modern Retro brilliance with the sweetest parallel twin.
    BMW F800R: The Naked Hun. Great intro into sports bikes.
    Gilera Runner FXR 180: 2 stroke scooter missile from Piaggio.
    Gilera Nexus 500. Sexy like red Italian stilettos.
    Yamaha RZ250RR: Retro Japanese 2 stroke racer.
  • 03-10-2015 03:36 PM In reply to

    Re: Yamaha Tricity 125

    Do keep those reviews comming as, not being able to ride all the scoots available, we love to hear about their individual character from the test ride crew .

    The Yammy Tricity appears as very good value. Tyre kicked it frequently over the last weeks. Does it temper the spirit of scootering? It is short listed as a replacement option for me, but until I ride it, will not know if 125cc is quite enough power for the hills of the east. Only need 80 - 90 KPH max, but do need it to pull up those hills. Conversely, with those great brakes and extra stability, probably one of if not the best descenders. Looking forward to the long term review.

    One point remaining you say. Probably time you got back onto the Dio (for a while).

     

  • 03-17-2015 10:01 PM In reply to

    • petegailey
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    Re: Yamaha Tricity 125

    After wringing its neck all week commuting on the Tricity, I took it for an outing on the Old Pacific Hwy on the weekend .

    The engine had bedded in nicely, much better acceleration off the lights and I was getting a regular top speed of 95k/h but when I calibrated the speedo and found it about 5k/h optimistic, I realised that a real 90k/h wasn't going to cut it on the freeway or even on open country roads. I am sceptical about taking any 125 out on the open road and hadn't done so since my early forays on my 1st scoot, a little Daelim NS125.

    But I had hitched a ride with 7 other scooters and a Harley, and I wanted some other riders opinions on the tiny 3 wheeler, so I reluctently left the Nexus at home and took the Tricity. At the start of the ride I told the others that I'd be at the back of the pack because I had a 125 but not far behind them.

    Up McGraths Creek road I managed to stay on the tail of the Harley and then, as the corners got tighter I was riding right up his ***. The thing was the Tricity was so good in the corners that I didnt have to brake or slow down. It was getting boring braking because of the Harley, so I stopped to let the other riders get ahead, then with a clear road infront of me, I was able to push the 3 wheeler through the tight 45k/h corners and was amazed how well it stuck . Although I was travelling around 75k/h I was having a ball. The tricity was cutting up one of my favourite twistie roads like a hot knife through butter. On Mona Vale Rd it was up with the traffic, and into St Ives I got to the front of the group. That was about the last I saw of them til we regrouped at Berowra. The Tricity was just too adept at cutting through traffic, the only thing missing was blat! acceleration, but as long as you could keep the revs up the scooter was totally competitive.

    I made sure I was first into the Old Road coz the tyres were warmed up and it was mostly down hill. I got it up to 109k/h where it started to feel a little jittery in the front wheels. I hit the hairpin halfway down and saw Eddie from Old Rd Photographers with some cameras so I leaned the scoot steeper than ever before and hung on as I bounced thru the corner thinking this is going to be embarassing if Tricity doesn't stick. Through the corner and galloping down the road I had reminisences of racing billy carts at ridiculous speeds when we were kids.

    When I texted Eddie to see if he had any pics  he replied  "So that was you throwing sparks down the road! That was quite a spectacular feat haha."  Must have been scraping the stand.

    Did a few test rides with the others for a promise of a short review. Nearly everyone got off the scooter with a big grin and a surprised look in their eyes. Comments like; it looks great, well built, geeze its light, nicely balanced, like it better than the Burgman, pity it hasn't got a 150, pity it hasn't got a 250...

    After the rides the group split and we on headed for Somersby, and copped a heavy drenching by rolling storms before we headed back to dry out at the Corrugated Cafe. Blue skys followed the stormas and we headed back on a drying road. Again the Tricity surprised and handled the hard riding very well.  The hills slowed the lil 3 wheeler down to a real 70k/h but after riding all day on full throttle as you tend to do on a 125 on the open roads, in the end came in with a fuel consumption of 35ks/l. The day before it had been 38lks/l. Back in town the Tricity was back in its true domain and there was very little on the roads that could beat it through the cut and thrust of city traffic.

    This mighty little Yamaha Tricity 125cc 3 wheeler really impressed, Despite only being a 125 it was more than capable as a commuter, could handle almost any corner flat out, filtered well, super lightweight and manouverable, reasonable storage, great looks, and all in a quality build. And at a reasonable price. Last night I took it back, after a 750ks week affair, and already I miss it. Its THAT good!

      

     

     

    Daelim NS 125: Mighty 1st scoot from Korea that punched way above its weight. Sold
    Vespa GTS 250: Modern Retro brilliance. I'll ride it til it dies.Traded in on a maxi.
    Suzuki DR650: "That Thing" Excellent Single 650 thumper chook chaser that was too tall. Sold
    Yamaha T Max: Best Maxi out there and serious canyon racer. Sold
    Triumph Bonneville: Modern Retro brilliance with the sweetest parallel twin.
    BMW F800R: The Naked Hun. Great intro into sports bikes.
    Gilera Runner FXR 180: 2 stroke scooter missile from Piaggio.
    Gilera Nexus 500. Sexy like red Italian stilettos.
    Yamaha RZ250RR: Retro Japanese 2 stroke racer.
  • 03-18-2015 02:44 PM In reply to

    • petegailey
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    Re: Yamaha Tricity 125: Elliot's Comments

     

      Elliot Cook. An experienced rider with a love of BMW’s. Current stable is a R1200RT and a C630GT maxi.

    I only managed to get a short run on this charming little scoot, my first thought was gee I'm really getting to like these three wheelers.

    The Yamaha Tri-City is a hoot to ride around the city, the steering is light with good feel and possesses a huge amount of confidence inspiring traction. The light and very capable handling is only one of several highlights for this scoot.

    The engine is very smooth as is the transmission. Delivering good performance for a 125cc, adequate for the city but with a 90Kmh top speed it is not designed for use on the freeways.

    I love the styling and think that the classy large diameter front wheels really sets off the very smart looks. I gather that the designer Kazuhisa Takano created this scoot for his wife. The love care and devotion of this endeavor clearly shows through in every part of the Tri-City. It's very well put together in usual Yamaha fashion.

     A great scoot for those happy to stay within the confines of the city, and if this fits the bill, a test ride is a very strong recommendation.

     

    Daelim NS 125: Mighty 1st scoot from Korea that punched way above its weight. Sold
    Vespa GTS 250: Modern Retro brilliance. I'll ride it til it dies.Traded in on a maxi.
    Suzuki DR650: "That Thing" Excellent Single 650 thumper chook chaser that was too tall. Sold
    Yamaha T Max: Best Maxi out there and serious canyon racer. Sold
    Triumph Bonneville: Modern Retro brilliance with the sweetest parallel twin.
    BMW F800R: The Naked Hun. Great intro into sports bikes.
    Gilera Runner FXR 180: 2 stroke scooter missile from Piaggio.
    Gilera Nexus 500. Sexy like red Italian stilettos.
    Yamaha RZ250RR: Retro Japanese 2 stroke racer.
  • 03-18-2015 02:54 PM In reply to

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    Re: Yamaha Tricity 125: Jordan's Comments

     

      Jordan Kennedy,  Young female inner city rider who has been riding since she was 17. Had a Fly125, a Vespa 200GT and now rides her mums old Sportscity 250.

    The Tricity is a cute little bike. It’s smooth on Sydney’s roads like a good hipster made flat white. It corners well both around the city streets and in the bigger turns. Due to three wheels it has a wide base of support which allows for an excellent feeling of stability and control. I was able to do tight turns with it in the small streets which was a wonderful surprise.

    This bike teaches you nicely to push down with your hips into corners instead of steering with your arms and handle bars. The two front wheels makes it feel awkward and stiff to try and steer with the handle bars alone and therefore you naturally you start to lean into and around corners as it’s the more comfortable way of riding.

    The Tricity decelerates quickly especially at slower speeds, I had difficulty rolling up to the lights using throttle control alone and found I had to power up to them and brake more often than I’m used to. This also translated to heavy traffic riding where it felt quite jerky during the constant start stop. This bike is only a 125cc bike and therefore I found it was a little sluggish taking off at the lights and accelerating up hills.

    I loved the gadgets and features on this bike, it was easy to rock off the stand and was very light and needed very little effort to reverse it into park. It starts with the lightest press of the ignition and is up and running almost instantly with no mucking around. The dashboard is nice and big and the speedo is easily visible and big to read. I like the novelty of having the outside temperature gauge and it’s something that I would look at regularly and wish I had on my current bike.

    Under the seat has a nice large area for storage that could easily fit my handbag and a change of clothes if I needed it while I’m riding and my motorcycle jacket and gloves when I’m not. What would make this bike even better is if it had a helmet hook then you could just hang it up and be ready to roll. Also another minor point is that the hook at the front doesn’t close, I prefer a clasp style hook as it give me peace of mind that nothing is going to accidently slip off and I can also hang large bags with wider handles knowing that it will stay in place.

    As a city bike this is perfect for first timers. It handles well in the city, behaves and responds beautifully to the rider and brakes smoothly and easily while not being too touchy. Of course most importantly it is looks nice, it’s sleek, light and sporty and the black and white looks very crisp and modern. This bike suits my lifestyle and is one I would be happy to ride.

     

    Daelim NS 125: Mighty 1st scoot from Korea that punched way above its weight. Sold
    Vespa GTS 250: Modern Retro brilliance. I'll ride it til it dies.Traded in on a maxi.
    Suzuki DR650: "That Thing" Excellent Single 650 thumper chook chaser that was too tall. Sold
    Yamaha T Max: Best Maxi out there and serious canyon racer. Sold
    Triumph Bonneville: Modern Retro brilliance with the sweetest parallel twin.
    BMW F800R: The Naked Hun. Great intro into sports bikes.
    Gilera Runner FXR 180: 2 stroke scooter missile from Piaggio.
    Gilera Nexus 500. Sexy like red Italian stilettos.
    Yamaha RZ250RR: Retro Japanese 2 stroke racer.
  • 03-18-2015 05:00 PM In reply to

    Yamaha Tricity MW125

    See in the owner handbook (MW125) 12,000km valve check Yes 4,000km servicing No

    Si ‘Thi’ later
  • 03-22-2015 09:14 PM In reply to

    • Oryx
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    Re: Yamaha Tricity MW125

    So I can drive four years before the first service. That's nice. Big Smile Because I only drive in town I need a whole year to get over 1,000km.

    Since this is the only forum I found that deals with the Tricity I just joined. I'm living at the other end of the world in Namibia, Southwestafrica. It's quite similar to Australia, hot, desert, potholes in the streets ... Okay, I think you don't have that many potholes. Wink We have a lot of sand and bad streets. So the Tricity seems to be the best choice. I only discovered it this weekend and on Monday I will go to our Yamaha dealer and order one. Usually they don't have many bikes in stock. They have to order it in South Africa. And since I haven't seen a Tricity here yet mine will be the first one in Namibia I suppose. Geeked

    Our neighbouring country Angola already uses the Tricity as you can see here:

    Tricity ride Luanda/Angola

     

  • 03-23-2015 12:29 PM In reply to

    Re: Yamaha Tricity MW125

    It will still need servicing every year, Oryx - the oils break down over time. Welcome here,  we're all nice enough guys.

    4 years and 20,000 K's later, I'm still scootering, and you guys are stuck with me!
  • 03-23-2015 04:31 PM In reply to

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    Re: Yamaha Tricity MW125

    Yes I know. I wouldn't wait 4 years. Big Smile I have been driving a Suzuki Scooter for years now. I'm going to the Yamaha dealer today. I think he has to order the Tricity. Maybe it takes some time getting it from South Africa.

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