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.