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Yamaha joins the micromobility movement with the Tritown

02/08/2019
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If there’s one topic we never get tired of writing about here at EngineeringPro it’s micromobility. Simultaneously absurd and useful, micromobility solutions point to a radically different future in which automotive manufacturers offer a much broader array of products beyond the humble car. This week we saw what this future could look like for Yamaha, which unveiled its frankly bizarre, if rather fun looking, Tritown.
The Tritown represents Yamaha's first take on micromobility
(Image via Yamaha).

We were first given a glimpse of the Tritown at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show where Yamaha revealed a concept version of the Tritown which incorporated the company’s Leaning Multi-Wheel Technology (LMT).

Now, given the significant amount of attention that Tritown has drawn from the automotive trade and general public since, it seems that Yamaha is eyeing full production.
The Tritown uses Yamaha's Leaning Multi-Wheel Technology to give it a motorcycle style ride
(Image via Yamaha).

According to Yamaha the Tritown will offer a motorcycle-like riding experience, with the leaning wheel mechanism connected to the two front wheel allowing riders to ‘lean-in’ to turns, much as they would do on a conventional motorcycle. Propulsion is provided via a built-in electric motor that draws power from a lithium-ion battery mounted on the frame. That power is transmitted to the ground via the single rear wheel.

This all sounds rather complicated and is if the Tritown would make for a difficult riding experience. But Yamaha claim the contrary, “controlling the Tritown is in fact very intuitive; it takes very little time to become accustomed to it. You first make sure the tilt-lock is engaged by the lever on the steering post being down, then grasp the handlebar grips and brake levers with both hands and step up on the footboards one foot at a time, so you are standing up naturally and straddling the machine. Then, once you disengage the tilt-lock, you will find yourself standing up straight and still with next to no wobbling of the machine. There is no need to force the handlebars to stay upright and in place nor overly focus on keeping balance – it is that intuitive.”
Yamaha first unveiled the Tritown concept at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show
(Image via Yamaha).

Well if you put it like that, I can’t wait to have a go!

But what’s the performance like? A recurring problem of these micromobility solutions is that they are either too slow to keep up with urban traffic (getting in the way of cyclists and causing general annoyance), or they have a ridiculously short range.

Does the Tritown solve these problems? Yamaha claim that it will be able to hit a decent 25 km/h so that’s the speed issue sorted. But what about range? No word from Yamaha as yet…
Yamaha is currently field testing the Tritown in Japan. If successful, we could soon see this unusual vehicle in production.
(Image via Yamaha).

Are you sold? Well if you fancy joining the burgeoning micromobility movement by purchase a Tritown you may have a while to wait. Yamaha is currently undertaking public testing of the Tritown, with field trials taking place from mid-July to mid-August at Echigo Hillside National Government Park in the city of Nagaoka in Niigata Prefecture in Japan.

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As a sports-car enthusiast, having owned Porsche, Jaguar and Corvette, and entered several rallies.. I must say I love those *microscopic* and *ventilated* DISC brakes on front.. Just enough to stop them at their advertised 50+ MPH speeds, and AFTER hitting a CAR or a TREE. If the idiotic battery goes dead, HOW DO YOU stop this gizmo?? Did you know that France (Paris) and other European cities are fining the users???
ANDRE GURSES, 07 August 2019
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