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During the press conference in Milan earlier this evening, Yamaha firmly nailed their trousers to the mast by introducing two new leaning three-wheeled machines. The first follows on from the successful Niken 3-wheeled motorcycle, it’s a Niken GT Touring. The second will no doubt interest our readers a little more. It’s the 3CT concept (pictured above). A funky looking 300cc scooter to sit alongside the existing 125cc Tricity (incidentally I’ve seen more Tricity scooters on the streets of Milan than I have MP3s tonight).
 
  
Yamaha 3CT Key Features
 

Although still a concept (albeit at an advanced stage) Yamaha aims to keep the 3CT as light as possible and make it as user-friendly as they can. It will come with Tilt Lock Assistance to enable it to be locked upright. That isn’t novel in itself but Yamaha says it won’t lock using the usual front suspension locking solution, instead, the 3CT will have an innovative tilt lock that will make it much smoother in stop/go riding situations, or when wheeling it around. 

 

Styling

 

Yamaha will make it stand out from the crowd using an innovative new colour treatment that creates a patchwork design of urban cammo style striped patterns that “Look unlike anything else”. The scooter will come with a predominantly grey chassis and wheels with electric blue highlights to contrast with the eye-catching bodywork. If the bodywork wasn’t in-yer-face enough for you maybe the 3D printed seat complete with integrated LED lights will give you enough bling?

 
 
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Blue Core engine
 
 
To make sure the scooter goes as well as it looks it’ll come equipped with the latest 300cc, Blue Core engine, as used in the XMAX 300, the best selling 300cc in the sports scooter sector.
 
When can I buy one?
 
We’re not quite sure when the 3CT will arrive but the prototype is advanced enough to be on show in Milan and it looks close enough to production to us. Yamaha are concentrating hard on the growing three-wheeled market so you shouldn’t have too long to wait for this aggressive looking scooter. We’ll be watching with interest…
 

Yamaha 3CT Gallery

New products always in development…

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