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Yamaha readies electric bikes and awesome cafe racer for Tokyo

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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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