January 6, 2017

2017 Yamaha MWT-9 – Three-Wheeled Weirdness - By Masei Helmets & Luusama

Yamaha MWT-9 is a three-wheeled motorcycle with two leanable front wheels, will be hitting the production line this year. First unveiled at the Tokyo motor show last year as the LMW-MWT-9, the MWT-9 uses the engine from the MT-09, but with the addition of independently sprung twin-front wheels that lean when the rider turns the handlebars.

Claiming to provide “exceptional cornering performance” due to the contact footprint at the front end, the MWT-9’s spread front wheel profile enhances cornering ability and bank angle, according to Yamaha.

According to a Yamaha press release, the MWT-9 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 three-cylinder 850 cc engine on a seamless and dynamically styled body … the 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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