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Yamaha Gen-Ryu concept bike

In traditional Yamaha fashion, the company announced a move that may finally allow it to stake a claim as the first big player in the breakout electric motorcycle category. By putting the For Sale Sign on 63.25 million corporate stock shares, the tuning fork company hopes to raise an impressive 812 million dollars that it will dedicate to a highly charged electric and hybrid engine development plan across both their two-wheeled (motorcycle and electric bicycle) as well as aquatic (boat and outboard motor) product lines. We have seen many concepts and indications of Yamaha's intent, but very little follow through up to this point.

The plan seems to be part of a healing process following 2009 in which the company posted losses north of $2.3 billion. Yes folks, we said billion... ouch! Yamaha, a company that traditionally has been eager to carve its own path in the powersports segment, hopes new fuel efficient and electric designs will lead to increased popularity in developing markets that have an ever-growing importance to manufacturers industry wide. We are left holding our breaths as to when these developments will make their way into the U.S. That will, no doubt, be largely dependent upon our buying trends. In addition, the company has also pledged to make all of its offerings more competitive throughout its lineup.

Most importantly, this means we will see some much needed diversity in the development of electric motorcycles. This from the company that brought us the fist modern four-stroke motocross bikes, as well as snowmobiles. We will eagerly look forward to Yamaha's new offerings, and the following jolt that it could mean for the company as a whole. Now, to figure out how to commute in the bicycle lane on our shiny new Yamaha electric motorcycle.

[Source: Reuters]

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      • 4 Years Ago
      This sounds really exciting to me...what we need is some crazy Yamaha creation that gets like 50MPG but puts out some obscene power...
        • 4 Years Ago
        you mean like an R1, or an R6?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would never underestimate Yamaha's capabilities.
      • 4 Years Ago
      All I can think of when I look at that bike is that it makes a sound like the Jetson's vehicles.... Beee beeee beeeeee
      • 4 Years Ago
      That thing looks heavy...yikes.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That looks like the civilian version of Judge Dredd's Law-Master.

      Hopefully it is more reliable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I AM THE LAW!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @BoxerFanatic: bang on! I had the same thought milliseconds after seeing that picture.