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Yamaha chases three-wheeler riders

Yamaha Brudeli 654L Yamaha serious about leaning three-wheelers with purchase of Brudeli patents
Yamaha Brudeli 654L concept bike

Yamaha appears serious about chasing the leaning three-wheeler market with its Tricity scooter, concept models and now the purchase of Norwegian patents.

Leaning three wheelers provide the feel of a motorcycle with the safety of extra road grip and the ability to stop without having to put your foot down to prevent the machine falling over, at least on the Piaggio models.

Yamaha considers them appealing to both novice riders, adventure riders who want more security and ageing riders who can no longer support big bikes.

Yamaha Tricity three wheeler
Yamaha Tricity three wheeler

The Tricity 125cc scooter has been available for a few years, but does not sell in big numbers.

However, we have seen many similar scooters over the past few weeks in London and Europe, particularly couriers and police.

Yamaha - Piaggio three wheeler
Piaggio three-wheeler scooter in London

Yamaha is serious about these machines with the release of several leaning multi-wheeler concepts over the past few years.

Yamaha began developing its leaning suspension technology with the Tesseract four-wheeler concept in 2007.

Yamaha OR2T leaning four-wheel motorcycle
Yamaha OR2T leaning four-wheel motorcycle

They have since unveiled the OR2T four-wheel motorcycle prototype, MWT-9 three-wheeled concept and last year there was the production-ready Niken concept.

Yamaha Niken three-wheeler - Yamaha branching out from bikes
Yamaha Niken three-wheeler concept

Now they have bought the patents from Norwegian company Brudeli Tech Holding which produces the Brudeli 654L (pictured top of page) and 625L.

Yamaha serious about leaning three-wheelers with purchase of Brudeli patents
Brudeli three-wheelers

Brudeli Tech Holding began working on its leaning machines in 2001 and unveiled their first at EICMA in Milan in 2005.

Company owner Geir Brudeli said it was “an incredible honour that Yamaha has decided to buy the technology we have developed here in Norway”.

“With knowledge of the competence, knowledge and passion of Yamaha, it will be exciting to see their future products.”

  • Would you buy one of these for a novice, adventure riding or when you get too old to support a two-wheeler? Leave your comments below.

  1. Hmm. When does a bike become a motorcar, but without weather or occupant protection, limited luggage and the need to wear a helmet? Bi ==> 2.

  2. Sorry Mark but this statement is not correct – at least it is only correct as far as it only applies to Piaggio’s MP3:

    …”Leaning three wheelers provide the … ability to stop without having to put your foot down to prevent the machine falling over.”…

    Yamaha’s L3W’ers do not have any mechanism to support the vehicle from falling over – apart from a sidestand.

    Piaggio have the patents for this and it also adds considerable weight so Yamaha do not any similar mechanism.

  3. Early car history shows us that 3 and 4 wheelers were cars. There are still some 3 wheeled cars and there are some so called 3 wheel bikes which are actually trikes.

    At least Yamaha with the “Tricity” recognises the three wheels though it essentially leans as a two wheeler.

    I wouldn’t mind one when I get to the stage of not being able to ride two wheels anymore but and it’s a big but; it needs a bigger motor, a decent sized fuel tank and the ability to tow my current Classic trailer.

    There’s also a quad that functions similar to the Tricity but as far as I know is not available in Australia. Quadro 4

  4. this is not a new concept. piaggio has done these many years ago. it was mostly a city scooter with 3 wheels.
    for a series of different reasons the model has been discontinued years ago.

    1. The Piaggio MP3 wasn’t discontinued – it was updated and is now known as the “Yourban” in Australia.

  5. Hmmm. I looked into this late last year after my first heart attack – trust me, that gets your attention. I had also broken a leg falling off a bicycle, not the best candidate for a return to motorcycling, but some dogs can’t learn new tricks. So I rock up to the bike shop with no money and very little credit. Some hours later I emerge as the proud owner of a used 2005 Yamaha Tricity 225. The main draw: the Tricity is registered as a car, so rego is only a quarter of bike fees. I don’t have to throw a leg over, and the weight is manageable. Handling and braking are superb. Power is enough, if cruising under 100kph is OK. But it’s cheap transport and a heck of a lot of fun. No clutch,, so the left hand occasionally grabs the rear brake (“doh”) and the ride is a little stiff, but all issues are fixed with the new 155cc models. But for a half crippled pauper who spends half his time in hospital, this little jigger is a ray of sunshine.

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