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Yamaha’s MWT-9 To Arrive By 2018?

Will Yamaha’s Reverse Trike Concept MWT-9 Arrive In The Near Future?

Yamaha talks of three wheeler production dates, engine sharing platforms and discusses their bold and dynamic future.

Yamaha MWT-9 Reverse Trike Concept 1

Yamaha’s CEO Hiroyuki Yanagi hints that the MWT-9 leaning three wheeler may arrive in dealerships before 2018. A little while ago, we heard the MWT-9 concept was moving from the realm of fiction to reality but we weren’t told “when”.  Now, this hint only leads us to speculate, but after a recent Q&A session where the CEO was discussing Yamaha’s annual report, he did use some rather interesting terms.

Yamaha MWT-9 Reverse Trike Concept 2

A New Vehicle Category: The Reverse Trike Concept

Firstly, he said that the firm will be looking forward to expanding into a new “vehicle category.” Our money is on the leaning three wheeler concept, but then again, Yamaha did release a concept sports car last year, if you cast your mind back. However, in this case it seems like the three wheeled idea is the safer bet, because launching into the car department seems a little ambitious. Either way, Hiroyuki-san continued, explaining Yamaha’s plans, and their new “vehicle category” should be up and running by 2018 at the latest.

Yamaha MWT-9 Reverse Trike Concept 3

Further clues support the MWT-9 theme, such as Yamaha’s explanation of their plan to reduce the amount of different engines and frames that the firm produces, whilst increasing their model range. So far, they’ve done remarkably well at this “downsize but maximize” gamble, releasing 250 new models since 2013, and proposing a further 270 by the 2018 deadline. Think of the way they’ve shared engines and frames around – in fact, the MWT-9 is the perfect example, being powered by the already acclaimed MT-9 engine. And then there was this spy shot that recently turned up (pictured below) of what looks to be a 2017 Tenere, but powered by the Yamaha F7-07 (MT-07, depending on your locale) 689cc, parallel twin motor, so it’s clear the firm is definitely sticking to its plans.

Yamaha MWT-9 Reverse Trike Concept 4

According to the report, Yamaha have improved their sales and have explained away any dips in profit by mentioning additional taxes. So the company is financially strong, and if they’re planning to expand and diversify, the time is now. But the real question on everyone’s mind is this: would you ride a MWT-9? Is a leaning reverse trike what the people want? From what we’ve seen so far in the concept shots and videos, it is exciting stuff; the technology is sound, the handling looks incredible, but is that enough to convert two wheeled riders to three? Somehow, we don’t think the idea is going to fly, no matter how attractive it looks.

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