Spied! Yamaha is building the 3CT leaning three-wheeled scooter

Yamaha’s working on bringing another leaning three-wheeler to market, and this one appears to be a motorcycle-scooter hybrid.

After it introduced the Niken leaning three-wheeled motorcycle (see Costa’s review here), Yamaha indicated it planned to continue pursuing this design theme, despite all the naysayers. Yamaha built a couple of smaller leaning three-wheelers in the past, but there were also rumours of a leaner built on the R3 platform, probably on a scooter chassis.

Well—here’s a preview of what’s to come. The web-crawling gurus of Motorcycle.com have discovered these drawings of an upcoming Yamaha step-through, featuring the same leaning three-wheeler design.

It’s a 300-class engine, but not built around the R3. Instead, this uses the 292 cc engine (making 27 hp) from the  XMax 300.

This isn’t the first glimpse of this machine; Yamaha had it on display at EICMA, calling it the 3CT. However, these drawings were filed with the European Union Intellectual Property Office, which would seem to indicate the 3CT will probably hit the show circuit in production form this fall, and dealership floors next spring.


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