Yamaha presents 5 concepts at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show

Article by Christian Andrei, on October 29, 2015

Yamaha Motor is part of one of the most prestigious motor shows in the world -- the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 – where has brought an orchestra of concept and production models including motorcycles, scooters, electrically power assisted bicycles and Leaning Multi-Wheelers (LMW), as well as a Recreational Off-highway Vehicle (ROV), an automobile and an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid.

Visitors to Yamaha’s booth will be treated to the company’s "growing world of personal mobility" as fused by the Yamaha product development ideal of Jin-Ki Kanno. With around 20 models to showcase -- including six global debuts and one Japan premiere – it’s clear why its booth carries the theme: "Resonate.

The Yamaha Motor Product Orchestra.” Playing true to the theme, Yamaha’s booth features the image of a symphony hall in which Yamaha’s mobility products and musical instruments resonate like an orchestra.

Among the concepts in display are the LMW - MWT-9, Sports Ride Concept, Motobot Ver.1, Resonator125 and the YPJ-MTB Concept.

First off, the LMW-MWT-9 is being developed under the concept of a "Cornering Master."

The MWT-9 features a liquid-cooled 4-stroke 3-cylinder 850 cc DOHC engine mounted on its well-styled body. Thanks to twin front wheels and a bank angle maximized by the outward positioned front suspension forks, the MWT-9 boasts of superb cornering ability perfect for twisty roads with different road surfaces and successive tight corners.

On the other hand, the Motobot Ver.1 is an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot. Yamaha’s R&D is aiming to develop a robot that could ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at speeds of over 200 km/h.

This is not a simple mission, since controlling the complex motions of a motorcycle at high speeds needs a variety of precise and accurate control systems. Yamaha intends to use the technology and expertise from this project to create advanced rider safety and rider-support systems.

Yamaha’s Sports Ride Concept, meanwhile, blends the active feeling of riding a motorcycle, or "Live and Ride," into a vehicle with typical sports car proportions.

It also features the iStream process – a Formula One-rooted process developed by Gordon Murray Design Limited for producing lightweight and rigid vehicle structures -- just like the MOTIV that was showcased at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013.

For this concept, Yamaha paid attention to high-quality details, taking inspiration from the Elementarism art style for its design.

Measuring 3,900 mm in length, 1,720 mm in width and 1,170 mm in height, the Sports Ride Concept weighs around 750 kg and could seat two persons. Notably, the YPJ-MTB Concept is basically an electrically power-assisted mountain bike featuring high-performance bicycle with an electric motor.

This concept is designed for people who love riding bicycles but don’t want to worry about the terrain. Riders could use the power derived from the electric motor to adapt to any situation, like when there’s a need to have a fast start, accelerate to a higher speed, climb a higher terrain or travel over longer distances.

Powering the YPJ-MTB Concept’s 250W brushless electric motor is a large-capacity 400 Wh Lithium-ion battery. This concept also features a multi-function instrument panel. The YPJ-MTB Concept aims to redefine the positioning and functions of electrically power-assisted bicycles from the world of easy bike riding to the realm of sporty recreational riding.

Meanwhile, the Resonator125 concept model offers a sport bike for young individuals who are new to the world of motorcycle riding. It features an instrument panel assembly that uses an innovative device while sitting on a lightweight, slim and compact chassis.

It also sports wood panels on the fuel tank as well as seat cowl with authentic wood grain material. The Resonator125 concept also has engravings on the muffler, fuel tank cap and more – employing techniques used in engraving brass wind instruments. This concept is powered by air-cooled four-stroke 125 cc single-cylinder engine.

Press Release

The 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 - About the Yamaha Booth

THE YAMAHA BOOTH

The theme of the Yamaha Motor booth for the 44th Tokyo Motor Show 2015 is "Resonate. The Yamaha Motor Product Orchestra." The booth will display a 20-model array of concept and production models, including six world premiere models and one Japan premiere model. At the Yamaha booth this time, visitors will see Yamaha's "growing world of personal mobility" unified by the unique Yamaha product development ideal of Jin-Ki Kanno in displays that include electrically power assisted bicycles, scooters, motorcycles, Leaning Multi-Wheelers (LMW), a Recreational Off-highway Vehicle (ROV), an automobile and an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot that brings together Yamaha's motorcycle and robotics technology. The creative booth design employs the image of a symphony hall in which Yamaha mobility products and musical instruments converge and resonate together like an orchestra. We hope you will enjoy this display of Yamaha's "growing world of personal mobility" and the way it fills the booth with the unique resonance of the Yamaha brand.

CONCEPT MODELS AT DISPLAY

LMW - MWT-9

This Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) concept model proposes a new type of category in the realm of sport riding. Under a development concept of a "Cornering Master," the MWT-9 mounts a 3-cylinder 850 cm3 engine on a seamless and dynamically styled body. The exceptional cornering performance provided by the twin front wheels and the bank angle maximized by the outward positioned front suspension forks enable a high level of performance that lets the rider go freely through twisty roads with ever-changing road surfaces and dotted with tight curves in succession.

■ Engine type: Liquid-cooled 4-stroke DOHC ■ Cylinder arrangement: In-line 3-cylinder ■ Displacement: 849 cm3 ■ Fuel supply system: Fuel injection

SPORTS RIDE CONCEPT

This design concept mode takes a uniquely Yamaha approach by putting the involved and active feeling of riding a motorcycle, or "Live and Ride," into a vehicle with quintessential sports car proportions that adults can enjoy in daily use. Like the MOTIV (displayed at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013), it employs the iStream* process and is designed to express a driver-machine relationship close in feeling to the world of motorcycle riding. We devoted much attention to the high-quality details and were inspired by the artistic style of Elementarism in designing this proposal for a sports car.

■Length×Width×Height: 3,900 mm×1,720 mm×1,170 mm ■ Vehicle weight: 750 kg ■Seating capacity: 2

*iStream: A process developed by Gordon Murray Design Limited to produce lightweight, high-rigidity vehicle structures rooted in Formula One technology

MOTOBOT Ver.1

This is an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot built around a fusion of Yamaha's motorcycle and robotics technology. R&D is currently underway with the goal of developing the robot to ride an unmodified motorcycle on a racetrack at more than 200 km/h. The task of controlling the complex motions of a motorcycle at high speeds requires a variety of control systems that must function with a high degree of accuracy. We want to apply the fundamental technology and know-how gained in the process of this challenge to the creation of advanced rider safety and rider-support systems and put them to use in our current businesses, as well as using them to pioneer new lines of business.

Resonator125

The Resonator125 is a concept model that proposes a lifestyle with an authentic sport bike for young people who have not yet discovered the joys of motorcycling. With a lightweight, slim and compact chassis and an instrument panel assembly using an innovative device, this model melds elements of the near future with the nostalgic for a new fusion of motorcycle eras. It also sports wood panels on the fuel tank and seat cowl with authentic wood grain material used in guitars and engravings on the muffler, fuel tank cap and more done with same intricate techniques used for brass wind instruments. The result is a motorcycle that seeks to inspire young people with concepts and qualities that only the Yamaha brand can deliver.

■Engine type: Air-cooled 4-stroke ■Cylinder arrangement: Single-cylinder]
■Displacement: 125 cm3 ■Fuel supply system: Fuel injection]

YPJ-MTB CONCEPT

This electrically power-assisted mountain bike mounts an electric motor on a high-performance bicycle and is designed for adults who want to enjoy the freedom of being able to ride on virtually any terrain. It lets you feel the presence of the power unit where it is most appreciated, like in starts, acceleration and hill-climbing, but with a design that minimizes the visual presence of that same power unit. For added assurance in riding longer distances on any type of terrain, the model is fitted with a large-capacity 400 Wh battery and a multi-function instrument panel. This YPJ project is about offering new value and new scenes for bicycle riding, and this mountain bike concept model redefines the positioning and functions of electrically power-assisted bicycles from a vehicle that makes riding easier to one that opens up a new realm of sporty recreational riding.

■Motor type: Brushless motor ■Rated output: 250 W ■ Battery type: Lithium-ion ■Battery capacity: 400 Wh

ALSO ON DISPLAY AT THE YAMAHA BOOTH:

SPECIAL DISPLAY MODELS
- YZR-M1
- 2015 YZF-R1M (reference model)
- 2015 YZF-R1 (reference model)
- 2016 YXZ1000R (reference model)

PRODUCTION MODELS DOMESTIC MARKET JAPAN
- 2015 MT-09 Tracer ABS
- 2015 MT-07 ABS
- 2016 MT-03
- 2015 YZF-R3 ABS
- 2016 VMAX
- 2014 SR400
- 2015 TMAX530 IRON MAX
- 2016 NMAX 125
- 2016 Tricty 125
- 2016 YPJ-R

This electrically power-assisted high-performance production road bicycle was developed in line with the ideas of the "YPJ-01" concept model introduced at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show. In addition to providing a powerful assist in starts, acceleration and hill-climbing, the YPJ-R's main features are a design that minimizes the presence of the electric power unit and a light, agile ride.

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