Yamaha Tricity Review
What Is It?
The 2014 Yamaha Tricity is a learner friendly three-wheeled scooter which was updated in 2017.
Engine: 128 cc Single Cylinder, 11 bhp
Economy: 80 mpg, 120 miles
Top Speed: 65 mph
Seat Height: 780 mm
Wet Weight: 152 kg
What Is It Like?
|✓||Stable ride and easy to use, brakes|
|×||Can be slow with 11bhp moving 152kg, rear suspension, no glove box|
A great stable bike that can be ridden in CBT
My Tricity is a 2015 red metallic matte paint bought second hand with just 250 miles on the clock. I've bought every accessory for it from heated grips to knuckle guards. The tall windscreen & comfort seat are expensive but usual dealer overpricing.
The downsides to the bike are the uncomfortable rear shocks which need changing. Currently trying to buy some YSS gas shocks from Thailand as they are not available in the UK, other than the basic style shocks which are similar to ones fitted.
The engine is 1st generation so is not blue core. The later engine produces 1hp more, yeah really wow. It produces around 11hp because it was designed as an early learner bike similar to a bike with stabilisers (extra wheel) but after riding it for a while it needs 15hp maximum allowable on A1 at 153kg and 90kg rider can be slow at times from standing start.
Found putting 97 or 99 octane fuel, Esso supreme or Tesco momentum, rather than basic 95 octane unleaded fuel helps (95 is lethargic). If you are able to feel the bike through yours hands and bum it adds some bottom end shove. Put quality oil in it i.e. Yamalube or Castrol Power 1 10w 40 semi synthetic. Tried Silkoline but useless personally.
I use mine for touring even though it's a city bike as it's more than capable ignoring the rear shocks. If you run the bike for more than 1 hour it gets really warm. It does liven up a bit and becomes quite fun with fuel and oil can get good 50mph+ from it. 58mph seems it's happy running speed and I can get 60mph when flat and the wind is calm. On downhills it can push 70mph - a great flying feeling and still stable at that speed.
If you're wanting to ride but are a bit unsure or scared of bikes buy a Tricity. They are good bikes and when the confidence grows move on or modify. I'd pass your test to do this. Okay, you can then ride a bigger bike by then, but if want a modified fun 125, the Tricity is the way to go.
- Simon C, 2018