Yamaha Tesseract
  • Yamaha Tesseract
  • Yamaha Tesseract

  • Yamaha Tesseract
  • Yamaha Tesseract

  • Yamaha Tesseract
  • Yamaha Tesseract

  • Yamaha Tesseract
  • Yamaha Tesseract

  • Yamaha Tesseract
  • Yamaha Tesseract

Yamaha Tesseract Concept – Click above for high-res image gallery

The Yamaha Tesseract from the 2007 Tokyo Motor Show is still one of our favorite concept vehicles ever created... both for the sheer lunacy of its appearance and ingeniousness of its design. If you happen to agree with our judgement, we have some good news: recent patent filings indicate that Yamaha may actually intend to build something like this for production.

There are some differences worth noting that separate the machine described in the patent documents from the actual Tesseract concept, notably the use of a parallel twin engine instead of a V-twin and dual shafts driving the rear wheels instead of chains. It's that latter item that makes us think Yamaha might actually be developing this machine, as those conceptual chains would be a nightmare to keep sorted and matched in real life.

Before you get too excited, though, now would be a good time to remind you that a vehicle like the Tesseract would never be sold in the United States... at least not for road use. Because it has four wheels, the Tesseract would be classified as an automobile (though it is most definitely a motorcycle in every meaningful sense), and that means it would need to pass crash and safety testing. Suffice it to say there's no chance in purgatory that the machine would make it through that nightmarish legislative process.

Still, we can dream. And we can also gaze at the pretty pictures in our image gallery and even watch a rendered video of the concept in action. Find it after the break.



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      Sgt Beavis
      • 3 Years Ago
      We really need an update to US regulations. Something like this is safer than a two wheeled motorcycle.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Sgt Beavis
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      space
      • 3 Years Ago
      why do we have these restrictive rules that try to put everything inside of a stupid little box? Just because it has four wheels does not make it an automobile! These rules are archaic and do nothing but hinder creativity and it's starting to piss me off, especially the fact that there's nothing that we can do about.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Keith C
      • 3 Years Ago
      OK. It's awesome, and appears to be made of unobtainium. BUT... what if they built it with one wheel in the back... like a Piaggio MP3, only sexier? Suddenly it's a motorcycle and legal to sell in the US. :-D
      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      Can Yamaha make a sporty design that doesnt look like a retarded robot bug thats been smashed on a windshield?
      Jay
      • 3 Years Ago
      Definitely cooler looking than those weird trike things people have been buying up lately. Still.. just get a motorcycle ffs.
      pwr2lbs
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks cooler than those retard chariots that are popping up everywhere these days!
      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      The only real disadvantage to this I can see? Tires. Motorcycle tires are VERY expensive compared to car tires, and they don't last as long. Bike tires really need to get cheaper and better-quality, otherwise you're gonna be paying through the nose to keep that thing on the road.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Jim R
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      jjHAMMERfoot
      • 3 Years Ago
      So Reliant used only 3 wheels on a car and suddenly they were in the motorcycle business, now Yamaha is putting 4 wheels on a motorcycle, viola, they are making cars! I seem to recall a particularly badass Yamaha car concept from around two decades ago, it was a total sex machine. I forgot the name, but it was red!`So red.
      switawi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Maybe they could start here with an OFF-road version - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwNGNN6sJo8&feature=player_embedded
      Evan Hayden
      • 3 Years Ago
      I saw this in person at TMS in '07, and it was so awesome! Definitely one of my favorite concepts at the show.
      Redline
      • 3 Years Ago
      I wonder if that UK guy that built something similar in his garage is involved? Personally though I won't really much care for this. Two wheel bikes are much more fun.
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