• Mar 22, 2011
Yamaha has introduced a new product aimed at dampening frame flex in motorcycles and scooters. All two-wheeled machines experience varying levels of deflection under hard riding, and while excess flex can give the impression of an unsettled machine, too little can numb the bike's handing at the limit. In order to find that Goldilocks sweet spot between the two extremes, Yamaha has introduced the Power Beam. The device soaks up energy from frame flex and converts it into heat energy, which is then dissipated. The company says that the device serves up a more comfortable, stable ride.

While you'd think that that the new tech would debut on the latest and greatest street rocket from Yamaha, the company says at first, the Power Beam will only be available on the company's T-Max scooter. From what we hear, the T-Max enjoys a fairly substantial tuning following and owners are quick to snap up the latest and greatest piece of kit from the Japanese manufacturer. There is some indication that the Power Beam may make its way to other products in the near future, however.

[Source: Visordown, Asphalt & Rubber]


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      • 3 Years Ago
      This might be new for bikes and scooters, but the idea and execution is not revolutionary... Yamaha has been making chassis dampers for special edition STI cars since at least 2006.



      • 3 Years Ago
      Neat device, but stupid name. Sounds like an 8 year old anime fan named it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      LOL. Nice attempt at "dampening" your denigration of scooters there, but it's clear AB is totally ignorant about bikes if the T-Max is new to you. It is every bit as advanced as their other street bikes, if not more. It's certainly one of their most important models.

      Did you know that in Italy alone, some 8000-11000 T-Max's are sold EVERY YEAR?

      I have a T-Max myself. It is unlike any scooter you've ever seen, clearly! I leave my Harley friends in the dust when I ride with them.

      http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_gl2p-sKpvZ0/TRk_Z04p7SI/AAAAAAAACjI/dEkL69QynWY/s1600/2008-Yamaha-T-MAX.gif

      From Yamaha's website:

      Fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, four-valve-per-cylinder engine boasts forged pistons, carburized connecting rods, and ceramic-composite plated cylinders. The TMAX has a 11.0:1 compression ratio; upswept muffler canister; Controlled-fill die-cast aluminum frame; 43mm front forks; 4-piston mono-block caliper dual front disc brakes; rear disc brake; aluminum die cast wheels with radial H-rated tires; fully featured multifunction instrumentation with speedometer and tachometer; and radical new sports styling; with those credentials, it’s no wonder TMAX is the Super Sport Scooter.

      Horizontally positioned 499cc parallel twin, with reciprocating balancer, offers plenty of smooth power, enough for two-up touring at highway speeds. Configuration helps keep weight low in frame for mass centralization.

        • 3 Years Ago
        Yeah it doesn't take much to leave a Harley in the dust man, all bark and no bite those POS. Yamaha FTW.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Praise across the board for its looks. People are invariably blown away by its looks, and they can't believe it's a "scooter" (there really is no difference between a scooter and a motorcycle, FYI. You can no longer define a "scooter". I have a belt final drive, a centrally-mounted, frame-mounted engine, radial tires, weighs 500 lbs, etc...). It has great presence and looks very futuristic. There is nothing remotely wussy about it. It is even intimidating-looking (especially for a scooter).

        The Harley people don't care for it, of course, because it is the opposite of a Harley in every way, but they very much respect it. It looks straight out of Tron. It's like they can't believe what they're seeing. One guy in particular, kept saying over and over again how impressive and surprising it was to him during a ride I did with 7 Harleys around the Jersey Shore.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Darex, how does your scooter work with the ladies? We all know that's the true reason for guys riding Harleys ;)

        Takes a real man to rock a scooter.
      • 3 Years Ago
      "Yamaha has introduced a new product aimed at dampening frame flex in motorcycles and scooters."

      Is this product moistening the frame with water?

      It is correct to say that this product is aimed at DAMPING frame flex.

      I don't usually point out these things, but this is one always bugs me.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Heteronyms, Other Bob.

        Dampen, damened, dampening

        1: to check or diminsh the activity or vigor of
        2: to make damp