Yamaha’s MWT-9: An 850cc Three Wheeler

This Large Capacity Yamaha Three Wheeler Looks Like A Game Changer

Updated August 10, 2018

Finally, a three wheeled concept with a decent sized engine!

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You won’t be surprised to learn that interest in the three wheeled department is on the rise, we’ve seen stunning efforts from Piaggio, exciting ideas from Quadro and a few small capacity offerings from Yamaha, including their Tricity range. Now, Yamaha have taken their original ideas and supersized them with a sturdy 850cc engine, and created this: the MWT-9, dubbed with the name “Cornering Master” as it’s epithet.

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The Yamaha Three Wheeler: The MWT-9

The “Leaning Multi-Wheel” vehicle was unveiled recently at the Tokyo Motor Show and promises to be the next evolutionary step in the three wheeled department. According to Yamaha: “This Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) concept model proposes a new type of category in the realm of sport riding. Under a development concept of a ‘Cornering Master,’ the MWT-9 mounts a 3-cylinder 850 cm3 engine on a seamless and dynamically styled body.”

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What gives it the edge? Well, Yamaha insists that the name “cornering master” has been based around the MWT-9’s dual front wheels, which increase the machine’s traction leaning ability. Each individual wheel is maintained by an independent shock that works symbiotically with the others, as well as with the road. Having two tire footprints is a definite advantage. Again, Yamaha have said: “The exceptional cornering performance provided by the twin front wheels and the bank angle maximized by the outward positioned front suspension forks enable a high level of performance that lets the rider go freely through twisty roads with ever-changing road surfaces and dotted with tight curves in succession.”

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Handling wise, we have shown you videos in the past about their capabilities, with many test rider insisting that the riding experience was no different to that of a regular two wheeled motorcycle, except that you could be more confident with your cornering abilities, and more daring with your lean angles.

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As of yet, the Yamaha MWT-9 is the largest capacity three wheeler of its kind. At the moment, Piaggio’s MP3 is only a 125cc, and Gilera (a sister of Piaggio) offered a 500cc version, as well as a later 250cc model. No one has yet dared to go larger, until Yamaha, that is.

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Looking at these images, Yamaha have come a long way from their fantastic four-wheeled “Tesseract” concept from 2007, and this seems to be only the beginning for the Japanese manufacturer. Love three wheels, or hate ‘em, expect to see more of them in the near future. If you’re still not convinced, then watch the video for a closer look…


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