Often regarded as the pinnacle of all motor shows in the Asian region, the Tokyo Motor Show opened today, showcasing the best of the automotive and motorcycle industries' products. Serving as the home court of Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, the show ensures we can expect nothing but the very best from these brands. It often serves as a world premiere stage, giving us a glimpse of concepts and future models to come.
At this year's Tokyo Motor Show, Yamaha leveraged its Leaning Multi Wheel (LMW) technology with several models featuring the technology. LMW is Yamaha’s designation for vehicles with three or more wheels that can lean like a motorcycle when turning.
The first of which is the MW-Vision concept (pictured above). This next-generation personal mobility features a closed cockpit that combines automotive, motorcycle, and to some degree, aircraft inspiration and feel into one vehicle.
One of its key features is "attitude control technology" (which is basically control of pitch, roll, and yaw) to ensure a stable ride.
It also features interactive communication between the user and the vehicle through sound and light for an all-new mobility experience. The Yamaha MW-Vision suggests how the fusion of robotics and mobility technologies can produce forms of transport more in tune with human sensitivities.
Also unveiled is a new motorcycle that could be available much sooner: the Tricity 300. Yes, you read it right – 300. It's powered by a 300cc Blue Core engine. The new Tricity 300 is a larger commuter touring model that also utilizes Yamaha's LMW tech.
It may not be the newest LMW, but the steering linkage is unique to this model and not adapted from other vehicles like the smaller Tricity or Niken. This setup hopes to provide the rider with confidence in the front end's grip, agility, and comfort for a quality commuting experience.
Very few details were revealed about the Tricity 300 with more info promised at the upcoming EICMA show in Italy. We can only speculate its likelihood of using the same engine as the current XMax 300 with slight modifications to be better handle the added weight of the front multi wheels and their components.
Will it land on Philippine shores? We'll find out soon.