YAMAHA MWT- 9
There are some motorcycle guys
who like quads and there are some
quad guys who like motorcycles. If
you fall into either of those groups,
Yamaha is thinking about you with
the MWT- 9 concept vehicle, which
was shown at the EICMA show in
Milan, Italy. This is a street-going
three-wheeler that uses motorcycle-style front suspension on two front
wheels. From the steering head back,
it’s basically a conventional sport bike
with a three-cylinder 850cc motor.
Yamaha calls it a LMW (leaning
multi-wheel) concept and says that it
has the ability to corner better than a
motorcycle because of the increased
contact patch for the front tires. In
fact, Yamaha calls it a “Cornering
Master” in a somewhat broken-translation-sounding press release.
The most interesting thing about the
MWT- 9 from a technical perspective
is the telescopic suspension in front.
There are four fork legs, but they
aren’t arranged as you might expect,
with one leg on either side of each
front wheel. Rather, they are doubled
up on the outside of each wheel.
Weird but interesting.
Dirt Wheels readers in Canada
have to deal with snow on the
ground this time of year, but that’s
not a problem for Kody Manahan.
Here he is with his 2001 Honda 400EX
that he set up for the snow. Kody
has a blast riding year round up in
In the U.S., three-wheel street vehi-
cles like the Spyder and the Slingshot
are growing in popularity, because
they can be classified as motor-
cycles and therefore not regulated as
tightly as four-wheelers. Those are
cars, according to the Department
of Transportation. But at the EICMA
show in Italy, each year we see an
increasing number of four-wheeled
“motorcycles” for the European
market. Those are quads, according
to the Dirt Wheels dictionary. One
company specializing in machines
like this is Quadro out of Switzerland.
In this month’s “Wide Open,” Ron
Lawson explores the whole concept
of leaning ATVs. This year Quadro
was showing a more dirt-oriented
version of its four-wheeler. Without
the DOT involved, there’s at least a
chance that this vehicle might be
seen in the U.S. Stay tuned.