These new style 3-wheel scooters have been on our roads for over a decade now but still remain a somewhat exotic and unusual sight. Many of them can even be ridden with a car driver's licence (as long as you are over 21) and make for excellent commuters and even tourers.

What differentiates them from the traditional trikes of the past is their ability to lean and handle like regular scooters, thanks to their clever suspension setups.

In this blog, we are going to look at 7 of the best 3-wheelers available in 2022, along with one future preview that should be arriving later this year!

Piaggio MP3 300 Sport

The Piaggio MP3 started this entire trend back in 2006 and this model is the latest entry-level version, with a number of improvements that make it better than ever.

The most noticeable upgrade is the Euro 5 compliant 300cc HPE (High-Performance Engine) with electronic fuel injection. It means the MP3 300 Sport now has improved power while actually being more economical when it comes to fuel consumption!

Piaggio's multimedia platform (Piaggio MIA) comes as standard with the MP3 Sport and can connect to your smartphone to provide a range of handy functions, including reports on the general state of your scooter, as well as maps and details of your recent trips.

Another thing to note is that the MP3 Sport 300 is classified as a trike and can therefore be ridden with a standard car driver's licence! It handles much like a twist-and-go scooter, with its quadrilateral suspension allowing you to lean like a regular bike but with the increased traction and stability of 3-wheels. A locking mechanism keeps the scooter upright when you come to a standstill and there is even a hand brake too.

The regular price for a brand new MP3 Sport 300 is £7,250 but Piaggio is currently running a trade-in promotion that can reduce it down to £6,850. This is one of the easiest ways to get into three-wheel scooters, although I would still highly recommend at least doing a quick CBT course to get used to scooter riding.

Engine 278cc, 26.2hp, liquid-cooled
Torque 26.1 Nm @ 6250 rpm
Fuel tank 11L
Brakes Front: Two 258mm discs
Rear: 240mm disc
Suspension Front: Articulated quadrilateral - Nominal axial stroke: 95mm. Electro-hydraulic suspension blocking system
Rear: Dual hydraulic shock absorber with pre-adjusted spring in one of 4 positions – Nominal axial stroke: 122mm
Seat height 780mm
Weight 225kg
Price £7,000

Yamaha Tricity 125

Yamaha's Tricity 125 is designed from the ground up to be an urban commuter. Unlike most other 3-wheel scooters, the front wheels are set up with closer spacing for a more agile and streamlined design. Each wheel has independent suspension allowing the Tricity to lean and handle just like a traditional scooter and the narrower shape will cut through traffic with ease.

The Tricity 125 has extremely lightweight compared to the other scooters on this list, weighing just 164kg with a full tank of petrol. It means that things like upright locking systems are not required because you can simply put your foot down at standstill, without having to balance a bulky machine.

The Tricity 125 is currently using Yamaha's Blue Core Euro 4 engine, offering great 125cc performance and an excellent 94mpg fuel consumption. I would expect a Euro 5 update on the way soon, but we will have to stay tuned for that one.

The narrow front end and closer front-wheel spacing mean this one won't be classified as a trike but because it is a 125cc machine, it still only requires an A1 licence.

Priced at £4,201, this could be the most cost-effective way to get started with a 3-wheel scooter.

Engine 125cc, 12.1 hp, liquid-cooled
Torque 11.7 Nm @ 7250 rpm
Fuel tank 7.2L
Brakes Front: Hydraulic single disc, Ø220mm
Rear: Hydraulic single disc, Ø230mm
Suspension Front: Double telescopic fork
Rear: Unit swing
Seat height 780mm
Weight 164kg
Price £4,201

Peugeot Metropolis Allure

The Metropolis Allure is Peugeot's entry into the 3-wheel scooter market and meets all the requirements to be ridden with a car licence, including an upright locking mechanism, foot brake pedal, and wide front wheel spacing. In fact, the visuals on this are very reminiscent of a Peugeot car with its angular headlights, front grill and familiar badge.

The Metropolis was updated last year for Euro 5 and still packs in a lot of technology, including dual tilting front wheels, ABS, and even switchable traction control on the more deluxe versions. There's a tyre pressure sensor in place, as well as daytime running LED lights for maximum visibility. Aspherical mirrors aim to increase your field of vision in traffic and there's an electronically adjustable windscreen too.

The Metropolis Allure offers great performance with its 35.6hp 4-stroke engine and the extra comfort you get from a 3-wheeler's spacious proportions means you can easily take this scooter out on tour, as well as use it for commuting.

Engine 399cc, 35.6 hp, liquid-cooled
Torque 38.1 Nm @ 5750 rpm
Fuel tank 13.5L
Brakes Front: Disc
Rear: Double disc
Suspension Front: Non-adjustable hydraulic mono-damper
Rear: Double hydraulic damper adjustable on 4 positions
Seat height 780mm
Weight 265kg (dry)
Price £9,005

Yamaha Tricity 300

This larger version of Yamaha's three-wheeler delivers significantly more power and takes urban mobility to another level thanks to a Euro 5 compliant 300cc 4-stroke engine.

The Tricity 300 has a few added extras up its sleeve as well, including ABS, traction control, smart key, and a standing assist system for added convenience. The standing assist system basically allows you to lock the front wheels in an upright position with the press of a button, so you won’t have to prop up the 239kg weight at a standstill. There is also a large under-seat storage space included which is pretty handy if you’re using this as a commuter.

Unlike its younger brother, the Tricity 300 can actually be ridden on a car licence (depending on licence restrictions), although once again I would still recommend you get some motorcycle training first. Starting at £8,100, this is perfect for those with a higher budget who like the look of the Tricity but are after a little more power!

Engine 292cc, 27.6 bhp, liquid-cooled
Torque 29.0 Nm @ 5,750 rpm
Fuel tank 13L
Brakes Front and rear: Hydraulic disc brake, Ø267mm
Suspension Front: Double telescopic fork
Rear: Unit swing
Seat height 795mm
Weight 239kg
Price £8,100

Can-Am Ryker

Unlike all the other models here, the Can-Am Ryker is not really a motorcycle or scooter, it’s a slightly more traditional trike that handles like a super-powered go-kart or quad! It does have a twist-and-go automatic transmission, as well as motorcycle-style handlebars and saddle but that's about where the similarities end.

The Ryker weighs in at 280 kilos with an empty tank, which makes it one of the heaviest machines on the list. Fortunately, it also has a 900cc in-line 3-cylinder engine with 82hp and 79 Nm of torque, so this thing can really shift, even with a bit of weight!

There are a bunch of options available, with a choice of 600 or 900cc engines, as well as separate sport and rally editions that pack in their own unique features (and prices).

As a more traditional trike, the Can-Am Ryker can be ridden on a car licence and features a handy reverse mode. The price starts from £10,607 and makes for another interesting entry.

Engine 900cc, 82 hp, liquid-cooled
Torque 79.1 Nm @ 6500 rpm
Fuel tank 20L
Brakes Front: 270mm discs with Nissin 2-piston floating calipers
Rear: 220mm disc, 1-piston floating caliper
Suspension Front: Double wishbone
Rear: Multi-link - mono swing arm
Seat height 597mm
Weight 280kg
Price £10,607

Piaggio MP3 500 Sport Advanced

The MP3 500 Sport Advanced is the newest member of Piaggio's MP3 line-up and comes with a high-performance Euro 5 engine and a host of premium features. It basically takes all the great things the 300 has to offer and takes it up another notch.

The engine is a 493cc single-cylinder that produces 42.9 horsepower and 47.5Nm of torque, making it one of the most powerful three-wheel scooters out there. Meanwhile, the Ride-by-Wire system and electronic fuel injection make sure that despite the increase in performance, this MP3 still has very economical fuel consumption.

The MP3 500 Sport Advanced is the first three-wheel scooter to feature a reverse gear too, which could be a great thing to have when you are trying to manoeuvre a 282kg machine. It also comes with some Kayaba gas-powered shocks, finished in red to add to the sporty vibe.

Despite being the 'sport' model, plenty of attention has been given to making sure this scooter is as comfortable as possible with a spacious seat and ample legroom, as well as backrests for rider and pillion. This is a scooter that is perfect for both everyday riding and long-distance touring.

The Piaggio MP3 500 Sport Advanced is priced at £9,100 but at the time of writing, Piaggio is offering a further £600 discount when you trade in your old bike!

Engine 493cc, 43.5 hp, liquid-cooled
Torque 47.5 Nm @ 5,750 rpm
Fuel tank 13.2L
Brakes Front: Double disc Ø 258mm
Rear: Disc Ø 240mm
Suspension Front: Articulated quadrilateral 
Rear: Double hydraulic shock absorber
Seat height 790mm
Weight 282kg
Price £9,100

Yamaha Niken GT

First arriving in 2019, Yamaha’s Niken remains one of the most unusual machines in the current market. Whereas most of the 3-wheelers on this list can be ridden with a car or A1 licence, the Niken is a fully-fledged motorcycle and requires a category A licence to match.

The Niken is essentially an MT-09 but with Yamaha's new Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) technology on the front end. What this boils down to, is a pair of front wheels, each supported by telescopic forks and able to reach 45-degree lean angles for some mean cornering ability!

The Niken is 70 kilos heavier than its 2-wheel counterpart, however, so don't expect quite the same hooligan performance. With that said, it's no slouch either, easily hitting 120mph top speeds.

Where the Niken excels, is in its stability, not to mention the extra comfort and wind shielding offered by its design. The latest version, the Niken GT adds a high screen, heated grips, side cases and a rear carrier to really maximise the touring capability and this is where Yamaha's 3-wheeler really shines.

The Niken GT starts from £15,502 and comes loaded with features including traction control, adjustable suspension, ride modes, slipper clutch and cruise control. So, if you're looking to try something new – there's nothing on the road quite like this!

Engine 847cc, 113.4 hp, liquid-cooled
Torque 87.5Nm @ 8,500 rpm
Fuel tank 18L
Brakes Front: Hydraulic Double Disc, Ø298mm
Rear: Hydraulic Double Disc, Ø282mm
Suspension Front: Double upside down telescopic forks
Rear: Link type suspension
Seat height 820mm
Weight 267kg
Price £15,502

Kymco CV3

Kymco's CV3 has been on the horizon for quite some time, making various appearances at motorcycle shows in concept form. The final product should finally be with us in the second half of 2022 and promises to be the most powerful three-wheel scooter in its category!

We are still waiting for the final specs for the European release but here is what we do know so far.

The CV3 will feature a new advanced suspension with independently leaning front wheels and a powerful twin-cylinder engine. The engine will be a 550cc liquid-cooled DOHC and is expected to produce 50 bhp and 53Nm of torque @ 5750 rpm. A lightweight aluminium frame should keep the weight down a little bit, but it is still a large scooter and weighs in at 280kg with an empty tank.

Kymco has revealed the CV3 will feature electronic throttle control and cruise control and will have a 6" TFT screen utilising their Noodoe satnav technology.

We are still waiting on a price and a final release date, but we will keep you updated as it comes!

Engine 550.4cc, 50 bhp, liquid-cooled
Torque 53 Nm @ 5750 rpm
Fuel tank 15.5L
Brakes Front: Dual disc
Rear: Disc
Suspension Front: Telescopic
Rear: Unit swingarm
Seat height 795mm
Weight 280kg
Price TBC

Before you go

Well, there you have it! 7 of the best 3-wheelers for 2022, plus an extra preview. We want to know what you think. Do you agree? Do you disagree? Are you excited about the release of Kymco’s CV3? Let us know in the comments now!

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