We live in Perilous Times. Riots! Disease! Earthquakes! Crumbling Infrastructure! It’s never been more dangerous to be alive!
Or so the talking heads on cable news tell us, anyway. Regardless of whether or not you think The End Is Near, you might want to check out this cool concept scooter from Yamaha, based on its leaning Tricity three-wheeler series.
The very name of the Tricity implies an urban-oriented design, but this version of the scoot comes with knobby tires, utilitarian luggage racks and tough-looking protective bits. That’s because it’s apparently intended to handle light trail duty, as well as busted-up roadways in the wake of a disaster. If you need to battle back when Mother Nature goes wild, this is the machine you want? That’s what the marketing images seem to imply anyway.
Yamaha’s Japanese-language website has several other pieces of kit that are related to this survival theme, including watercraft and generators. At this point, it’s unclear as to whether this is a serious plan, or just some fun in-house exercise for the show circuit.
However, navigating through the site (see it here, and you’ll need Google Translate!), it does seem Yamaha is taking inquiries on the products. It’s possible we’ll know more at EICMA, when the OEMs have to fill their massive displays, and drag out their wackiest ideas to do so.
For now, we certainly wouldn’t expect to see this in Canada … uh, ever. The Tricity series still isn’t here, so don’t expect a weirdo survivalist sub-variant.