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Yamaha is rolling in to the Tokyo Motor Show this year with a variety of motorcycle concepts: several that look forward and one that looks back.

The retro cafe racer pictured above is based on the Yamaha Bolt. The concept bike features matte black detailing, a single cowled seat, dark brown leather surfaces and downturned handlebars with underslung mirrors, all of which goes to show the possibilities customers have at their disposal when customizing their rides. Power is provided by a 950cc air-cooled SOHC 4-stroke V-twin.

Yamaha PES-1In stark contrast, the remaining concepts show the way forward for Yamaha's future in electric bikes. There's the PES1 and PED1, a streetfighter and dirt bike that feature a Yamaha Smart Power Module (a brushlesss DC motor and lithium-ion battery) with a manually-shiftable automatic transmission packed into a monocoque chassis.

There's also an electric version of Yamaha's take on the Vespa called the EVino, an electric children's dirt bike called the EKids and a classically-styled electric bicycle dubbed Epsilon Project 01. The Tricity three-wheeled scooter is also making its Japanese debut at the show alongside the MT-07 streetfighter, all of which you can scope out in the gallery above and the press release below.
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The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 - Yamaha Motor Main Display Models
November 8, 2013

Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. will participate in the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 (Organizer: Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association, Inc.) to be held at the Tokyo Big Sight from November 22 (Fri.) to December 1 (Sun.) (General Public Days from November 23). The theme of the Yamaha Motor booth is "Revs your Heart"*1 and it will be located in the venue's West Hall 1. A total of 19 models will be on display, including concept models, motorcycles, scooters, electrically power assisted bicycles, ROVs and more. Experience "the growing world of personal mobility" unique to Yamaha, a specialist in small vehicles for personal mobility.

World Premieres
Models making their world debut at the Tokyo Motor Show

BOLT Café (Reference vehicle/prototype)
With the "BOLT's" slim and compact chassis and 950cc air-cooled V-twin engine as a base, the "BOLT Café" is a prototype showing an example of how owners can customize the bike to their own tastes. The BOLT's simplicity and high degree of freedom for many different styles of customization expands the boundaries of enjoyment to be found in garage modification.

Length×Width×Height = 2,210 mm×780 mm×1,190 mm
Engine type = Air-cooled, 4-stroke, SOHC, 4-valve
Cylinder arrangement = V-twin
Displacement = 942 cm3
Fuel supply system = Fuel injection
Transmission = Return type 5-speed

PES1 (Reference vehicle/prototype)
PED1 (Reference vehicle/prototype)

In addition to the characteristics unique to an electric motor, the Passion within the new riding experience these two EV (electric vehicle) motorcycle concept models offer is clear-cut, and they retain the same operational feeling that current motorcycle riders are used to. The Street sport "PES1" and Dirt sport "PED1" have a power unit (Yamaha Smart Power Module) with a monocoque structure that also functions as the frame. Supplementing the environmental performance inherent to an EV, both models are equipped with features like a transmission with manual and automatic modes, a removable battery for easy replacement and various types of smartphone information service functions.

Length×Width×Height = 1,918 mm×640 mm×1,000 mm
Motor type = DC brushless motor
Battery type = Lithium-ion
Transmission = Switchable between manual and automatic
Vehicle weight = under 100 kg

Length×Width×Height = 1,900 mm×758 mm×1,205 mm
Motor type = DC brushless motor
Battery type = Lithium-ion
Transmission = Switchable between manual and automatic
Vehicle weight = under 85 kg

EVINO (Reference vehicle/prototype)
This electric scooter concept model proposes a convenient commuter vehicle with all the necessary functions for short-distance trips while remaining in an affordable price range that makes purchasing easier for consumers. With the "Vino" scooter model popular for its retro-pop styling as a base, this model features environmentally friendly performance supplemented by smooth acceleration from the precisely controlled motor and optimized front-rear weight balance to ensure excellent handling performance even at low speeds. Also, consideration for recharging the vehicle is present with the removable battery and built-in regenerative charging system.

Length×Width×Height = 1,675 mm×645 mm×1,005 mm
Motor type = DC brushless motor
Battery type = Lithium-ion

EKIDS (Reference vehicle/prototype)
This concept model is a bike for kids learning to ride and mounts a modularized "EVINO" electric power unit. It features a motor with electronic control designed for an easy-to-use and friendly feeling to the ride that is great for kids just learning how to ride. Also, since there is no worry about getting dirty from gasoline or oil, it can be transported in vehicles or ridden indoors.

Length×Width×Height = 1,245 mm×575 mm×715 mm
Motor type = DC brushless motor
Battery type = Lithium-ion

YPJ-01 Epsilon Project 01 (Reference vehicle/prototype)
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Yamaha Motor's PAS electrically power assisted bicycles. Looking toward the next 20 years, this concept model was conceived to encompass both concrete and abstract elements from the key words of "stylish," "ecological," "healthy" and "enjoyable." Combining the smallest and lightest class of drive unit and battery with a beautiful, sporty frame, this model offers the exciting ride characteristic of a hybrid design. Furthermore, it features a function that links the bicycle's information with a smartphone, giving the user more ways to enjoy the ride.

Length×Width×Height = 1,700 mm×430 mm×1,050 mm
Motor type = Center-mounted 250W motor (pedal-crank direct assist)
Battery type = Lithium-ion
Transmission = Externally-attached 22-speed (Front: 2-speed, Rear: 11-speed)

Japan Premieres
Models making their Japan debut at the Tokyo Motor Show

TRICITY Concept (Reference vehicle/prototype)
This 3-wheeled concept model currently under development seeks to create a new market for commuter vehicles. It has a 125cc engine, a light and sporty ride, a feeling of stability and is easy to use. This is all wrapped into a beautifully designed exterior with playful appeal. As one of the models set to realize our long-term vision of "opening up a new frontier of personal mobility," this model adopts leaning multi-wheel (LMW) technology for its two front wheels.

Length×Width×Height = 1,905 mm×735 mm×1,215 mm
Engine type = Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke
Cylinder arrangement = Single cylinder
Displacement = 124 cm3
Fuel supply system = Fuel injection
Transmission = V-belt automatic

MT-07 (Reference vehicle/export-spec vehicle)
This brand new model takes a lightweight, slim and compact chassis, the traditional trait of a Yamaha motorcycle, and pairs it with a newly developed in-line 2-cylinder engine based on our "Crossplane Concept."*2 This sport bike brings both fun to the daily commute and excitement to the weekend jaunt, and generates an enjoyment that can be felt directly and intuitively by users of all skill and experience levels. It adopts a "double deck structure" design where the upper and lower portions of the bike are expressed in both relative and interconnected ways, and is a realization of Yamaha Motor's "Refined Dynamism" design philosophy.

Length×Width×Height = 2,085 mm×745 mm×1,090 mm
Engine type = Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve
Cylinder arrangement = In-line 2-cylinder
Displacement = 689 cm3
Fuel supply system = Fuel injection
Transmission = Return type 6-speed

In addition to the above models, the Yamaha Motor booth will also have the "YZ250F" competition motorcrosser (Production vehicle), the "YZR-M1" MotoGP race machine (Reference vehicle/commemorative model), the "VIKING" Recreational Off-highway Vehicle (Special display/export-spec model) and more on display.

*1 Revs your Heart: Yamaha Motor's new Brand Slogan introduced this year. It embodies our desire to deliver Kando and ever-greater excitement to the hearts of people everywhere, like the rising revs of an engine. Kando is a Japanese word for the simultaneous feelings of deep satisfaction and intense excitement that we experience when we encounter something of exceptional value.
*2 Crossplane Concept: An engine design ideal that seeks linear torque development in response to the rider's throttle action.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      Michael Newhall
      • 9 Months Ago

      Features of the Yamaha cafe racer bike are very impressive. Bike looks great and the pictures are amazing. Will surely prefer further to my friends.

      • 1 Year Ago
      If/when they ever release the EV variants, it will be fascinating to see how they effect sales from companies such as Zero. Sure, they will start to gobble up market share, but will that be at the expense of Zero, or will they serve to grow the overall market, and thus the rising tide raising all boats? Then, years later, it will be interesting to see if the trends of the Establishment players (e.g. Yamaha) coming late to the game vs. the first to market (e.g. Zero et al) plays out the same with the Establishment players (e.g. Lexus/BMW) vs. the first to market (Tesla) in the luxury EV market. First to market has a lot of advantages. But so does a mature, wide spread distribution channel, brand awareness, decades-long reputation, and a huge engineering team. Interesting times.
        • 1 Year Ago
        If Zero is smart, they'll work WITH the "Establishment" rather than fighting to stay ahead. Tesla did a lot to advance EV cars, but they were neither the first nor did they work alone. Remember that they used a Lotus for their first car and have been working with Daimler, who now owns part of the company. If Zero can reach out to the Establishment and offer R&D assistance (maybe make a case to Harley?), they can stay in the game longer and possibly gain enough to become on of the Established themselves.
          • 1 Year Ago
          Harley?!? LOL!!! They're not exactly known for their forward thinking. They're just now getting around to liquid cooling their ancient engine design (V-Rod engine excepted - but that was originally a Buell project that they ripped out from under from him) - and the only reason they doing it now is because of ever-tightening EPA emissions regulations. I think it'll be quite a while before they experiment with electric power. Probably somewhere in the neighborhood of NEVER.
          • 1 Year Ago
          Good thoughts.
      • 1 Year Ago
      TRICITY: 'This 3-wheeled concept model currently under development seeks to create a new market for commuter vehicles.' I'm sorry, but Piaggio has already done that. It's called the MP3.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would buy that cafe racer the nanosecond it hit the floor.
      Reuben Clamzo
      • 1 Year Ago
      The care racer is basically a styling experiment on the new Bolt. They could put in production with minimal effort. I might consider one to replace my Triumph Scrambler. The electric models are interesting and would be a good way to introduce buyers to electric vehicles in general. It's a smaller investment and people understand the limitations of a scooter versus a full size car.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I like the cafe concept. Nowhere near as awesome as the MT-01 (or was it the MT-02?) Yamaha graciously decided to not offer in the US about 9 years ago. That was built around the 1670 cc V-Twin and had R1 components. I have seen a few Canadian ones here and there, but I would have run to the dealer to buy that. I would be interested in trying an electric, but not for the going prices.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I(f you look at the price, specs, performance, range of the 2014 Zero SR vs the Brammo Empulse, you will see that a transmission is not the way to go. Yamaha needs to start over.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Not that simple, Warren. The 6 speed is not anywhere near the only difference between those two bikes. Weight is much different and that is largely do to Brammo using 600cc spec components including full size tires, brakes, forks etc. Zero's beginning to close that gap, but they are not the same class bike. Electric motors can experience better efficiency at different r.p.m. The simplicity of no gearbox sounds like an easy win, but these vehicles are still in their infancy, and it's much too early to state that a gearbox will not Increase efficiency instead of decreasing it. Most ICE motors gearboxes aren't really needed if we would just build motors to be 25% bigger and slip the clutch. But when ICE cars are busting their balls to meet CAFE standards, they downsize the motors, but most importantly, they put 8 speed autos on them and short shift the hell out of them. I know electric motors are not ICE, but I think it's too early to state that gearboxes can't improve electric performance/efficiency compromise.
          • 1 Year Ago
          Hi karlInSanDiego I think that is a fair call but I am hoping EV's stay gearbox free. It's one of the things which appeals to me.
      George Krpan
      • 1 Year Ago
      The electric bicycle is interesting. It doesn't appar to have a throttle leading me to believe it is the pedalling inputs that determine the power delivery. Yamaha wisely chose to power the crank, not using a hub motor. This way the bicycle transmission is utilized. It's a sleek road bike, not the usual hybrid or mountain bike.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seems like they're all concepts at this point, not yet bound for production. Hopefully they will be though - I think there's untapped demand for smaller electric vehicles like these, especially if the price comes down from what most electric motorcycles go for these days.
      • 1 Year Ago
      That Cafe racer is way too retro looking for me. I prefer the Speed3/Monsters... Else the Triumph Thruxton.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If you are visiting from green.autoblog.com, you need to use this link for the gallery: http://www.autoblog.com/photos/yamaha-at-2013-tokyo-motor-show/
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