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Offline Tom S

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Yamaha makes tilting 3-wheeler.
« on: October 25, 2017, 04:23:24 PM »
This may be the answer for those that, 'like me', would give up the sport and buy a Miata before they would get a typical 3-wheeler.  Like a boat and airplane, leaning is half the fun!

I hope they DON'T come out with a dirt bike version of this thing.

https://newatlas.com/2018-yamaha-niken-3ilting-3-wheeler/51895/
« Last Edit: October 25, 2017, 06:00:04 PM by Tom S »
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Re: Yamaha makes tilting 3-wheeler.
« Reply #1 on: October 25, 2017, 10:26:50 PM »
I want to test ride this thing! I like it!


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Re: Yamaha makes tilting 3-wheeler.
« Reply #2 on: October 25, 2017, 10:44:10 PM »
Looks like fun.  I was intrigued by the MP3, but it was heavy and under powered.  This will have a lot more power.
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Re: Yamaha makes tilting 3-wheeler.
« Reply #3 on: October 26, 2017, 07:29:33 AM »
I have an MP3 400, and I agree with the assessment of the Yamaha. My little 400 will easily cruise at 75, and it's a hoot to ride. Right now it's waiting for me to get up off my butt and install the new regulator-rectifier sitting on my bench. That seems to be a weak spot with these Piaggios, but its the only problem I've had with it. don't be totally smitten with the tremendous extra grip until you've slowly tested the limits of the Yamaha though. The Piaggio front end will slide, and it doesn't like sand. Mine is a 2009, and it had been sitting for years with very little use. This last summer, I found that the good tread remaining on the front tires was deceptive, as they had become hard as a rock. It now has new-softer shoes. I also found that you don't overfill the front tires, which reduces traction. I'm looking forward to trying the Yamaha too! :D Syd
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Re: Yamaha makes tilting 3-wheeler.
« Reply #4 on: October 26, 2017, 01:27:31 PM »
Very cool, always liked the tilting front end idea. Never ridden one though.
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Re: Yamaha makes tilting 3-wheeler.
« Reply #5 on: October 26, 2017, 05:07:45 PM »
My local Piaggio dealer gave me an MP3 250 to ride for a weekend several years ago. I really enjoyed it, although not enough to turn loose of my personal wallet. Another weekend the dealer gave me a BV 500 to ride. I thought the BV 500 was plenty adequate. The MP3 250 wasn't overwhelming with power, but I'll bet I could be as happy as a clam with one anyway.
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Re: Yamaha makes tilting 3-wheeler.
« Reply #6 on: October 26, 2017, 09:36:29 PM »
This may be the answer for those that, 'like me', would give up the sport and buy a Miata before they would get a typical 3-wheeler.
Hmm...sounds familiar...
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Re: Yamaha makes tilting 3-wheeler.
« Reply #7 on: October 27, 2017, 08:44:16 AM »
First thing I thought of was twice as many fork seals to change! 

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Re: Yamaha makes tilting 3-wheeler.
« Reply #8 on: October 27, 2017, 11:10:12 AM »
First thing I thought of was twice as many fork seals to change! 
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Re: Yamaha makes tilting 3-wheeler.
« Reply #9 on: October 27, 2017, 12:19:32 PM »
This may be the answer for those that, 'like me', would give up the sport and buy a Miata before they would get a typical 3-wheeler.
Hmm...sounds familiar...
But Tom was talking about old riders giving up the sport due to age, surely that doesn't apply here ;)
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Re: Yamaha makes tilting 3-wheeler.
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2017, 05:22:02 PM »
Yes, I should have made that more clear.  However, there is no problem with owning both if you have the storage space.  What's the old saying?  "The reason I have that many motorcycles is my garage won't hold any more!"
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