In other EICMA news
EICMA is now open to the public, and while Honda introduced a boatload of new motorcycles, there were no Earth-shattering intros in the scooter realm.
The most anticipated intro appeared to be that of the production version of Yamaha’s Tricity. Introduced as a concept awhile back, the 3-wheeler is similar to Piaggio’s MP3 and Peugeot’s Metropolis. The Tricity’s front suspension differs from the MP3’s sufficiently to avoid patent infringements, but works pretty much the same way: it rides like the best 2-wheeler you’ve ever had. Weighing in at about 330 lbs (150 kg) and powered by a 4-stroke 125cc engine, it is aimed at the Piaggio MP3 Yourban, which was supposed to come to the U.S. but, uh, didn’t. It is expected to sell for less than €4,000; holding one’s breath about U.S. availability is not advised.
Speaking of Piaggio, their non-Primavera EICMA intros consisted of a revised Moto Guzzi V7, a Liberty big-wheeler with the new corporate 3-valve 125cc mill, and new trim-level versions of the MP3. You can choose between Sport and Business, with either the corporate 300 (278cc) or 500 engines. The MP3 and its ilk are quite popular in France because one need not hold a motorcycle license to ride them, no matter how big the engine is (125cc is a common cutoff point for needing a motorcycle license, which is why engines of that size are so common in scooters).