• Oct 7, 2007


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And now for something completely different. Yamaha has just announced that it will be bringing a bevy of new motorcycle and scooter models to the upcoming Tokyo Motor Show. One of the more interesting concepts, which we'll roughly refer to as a motorcycle, is the Tesseract. Piaggio has a success on their hands in the form of the MP3, which is capable of leaning into turns despite the third wheel. Yamaha has one-upped that with its Tesseract, though, by adding yet one more whee,l bringing the total count to four. And yet, nobody would confuse this machine with a car!

Again, following Piaggio's lead with its impending hybrid MP3, Yamaha has made this concept a hybrid, boasting both a V-Twin engine of undisclosed size along with an electric motor. Yamaha claims that the machine is about the same width as a standard motorcycle, meaning lane-splitting could feasibly remain an option and parking shouldn't be too difficult. The Tesseract has also been equipped with a mechanism to keep the machine upright when stopped or when parked, once again, like the MP3. As for the styling? It's, uh... different! Imagine a Transformer half transformed and you'll be pretty darn close. And we love it!

[Source: Yamaha Motors]



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      • 7 Years Ago
      loving it
      • 7 Years Ago
      totally awesome
      • 7 Years Ago
      I saw one of these driving down my (twisty mountain) street this weekend. I thought I was seeing things until I saw all the articles about it. Obviously, there's some test driving going on!
      • 7 Years Ago
      • 7 Years Ago
      Its a street version of the Raptor 4 wheelers :) Kinda cool, but I don't see this going into production.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Need... to see... this in ACTION!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks cool, but can you imagine high-siding that sucker and having it land on top of you. Trouble.
      • 7 Years Ago
      So...A Dodge Tomahawk, but wider and slower.
        • 7 Years Ago
        lol this is a completely different concept from a dodge tomahawk. stop hating on imports
      • 7 Years Ago
      Wow! That's the Mongoose from Halo!!

      Sweet! I want one! HALOOOOOO
      • 7 Years Ago
      ballin'


      id drive that
      • 7 Years Ago
      badass
        • 7 Years Ago
        my thoughts exactly ....
        • 7 Years Ago
        It looks like 2 bikes placed really close together =).
        • 7 Years Ago
        Hah, first word I thought of was "badass". Scrolled down to find that I wasn't the only one.
      • 7 Years Ago
      B2Speeder,
      This is similar to what you are proposing. It doesnt lean into the turns but it definately removes the suspension sag when cornering.
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eSi6J-QK1lw
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