We have been wanting to share this with you guys but haven’t got the chance. This bit of news has stayed as an open tab on our browser for the longest time and finally, we decided that it can’t wait any longer. So here goes… Back at the Japan Mobility Show 2023 (formerly Tokyo Motor Show) last month, Yamaha Motor had a lot more to show than the robot motorcycle Motoroid2.
It also showcased a three-wheel open-top electric “autocycle”, a super sleek scooter, an electric minibike for family recreation, an off-road power-assisted mountain bike, an adventure eBike, a three-wheel off-road adventure Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW), and a hydrogen engine sports vehicle. Keep going for a brief rundown of each of these wonderful concepts and in-development vehicles.
Yamaha TRICERA Three-wheel Open-top Electric Autocycle
The TRICERA is a super sleek, three-wheel open-top electric autocycle designed to make urban mobility exciting. It is a highly responsive vehicle that promises an unadulterated riding experience through the concept of “one’s body and mind, and the machine becomes an organic whole.”
No, it is not an exoskeleton suit. However, it touts three-wheel steering where either all wheels can turn in the same direction, or the rear wheels and the front in opposite directions.
The rear-wheel steering can be turned off too for a different kind of driving experience. And if we read correctly, there’s a manual mode for the rear wheel steering for even more control.
Yamaha ELOVE Self-balancing Electric Scooter
The ELOVE is a scooter with a head-turning design. While the design will make you look at the scooter from a different perspective, it is the tech that it packs that will revolutionize two-wheel riding.
The ELOVE has a styling designed by a high school student from Okinawa who depends on a 50cc scooter to commute to school, and a pro wheelchair tennis player.
It features an Advanced Motorcycle Stabilization Assist System (AMSAS) which is a two-wheel stabilization technology born out of R&D that produced the autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot, MOTOBOT and MOTOROID.
AMSAS eliminates the worry of a two-wheeler falling over when traveling at an extremely slow speed. Presumably, it will help you to walk the scooter too if you so choose to.
Yamaha E-FV Electric Minibike
The E-FV is referred to as a “minibike” but it is not that small. While it is described as a bike for family recreation, it is more like a stepping board for aspiring young racers.
The electric sports bike was a product of a side project by a team of volunteer young engineers to explore electric mobility for enjoyment as opposed to transportation.
Powered by the motor that powers the TY-E electric trial bike, the E-FV requires no gear shifting, thus allowing the rider to focus on enjoying the ride.
In addition, the engineers have incorporated Yamaha’s Active Sound Control technology into this adorable ride to allow it to sound like its gas-powered counterpart when powering up and powering down. It is not clear though if this exhaust sound effect is available when riding.
Yamaha Y-00Z Mountain Bike
The Y-00Z is a power-assisted mountain and is a technical showcase of what can be achieved with eMTB technologies.
It marries a split arrangement for the drive unit with an Electric Power Steering (EPS) system featuring a magnetostrictive torque sensor from Yamaha’s electrically power-assisted bicycles which greatly improve handling and stability in off-road riding.
Yamaha Y-01W AWD Adventure eBike
Of the two bicycles, the Y-01W AWD has to be the most unique. As the model implies, it is an all-wheel drive bicycle. That’s right, my friends, the Y-01W AWD is a two-wheel drive adventure eBike.
It combines a center-mounted electric motor and a hub motor at the front to achieve all-wheel-drive. It boasts coordinated electronic control of the two motors, twin batteries for long-distance rides, wide tired, and more.
Yamaha TMW Off-road Adventure Leaning Multi-Wheeler
Developed by enthusiastic volunteers within Yamaha Motor’s Motorcycle Testing Division, the TMW stands as the brand’s pioneering off-road adventure Leaning Multi-Wheeler. That’s right, folks. It is an LMW, which is Yamaha’s designation for a vehicle with three or more wheels that can lean like a motorcycle through turns.
With its front two wheels operating independently, it offers exceptional adaptability across diverse terrains. The LMW linkage system supports a substantial front carrier rack that remains level even during leans or inclines, amplifying its cargo capacity and inviting riders to embark on extended journeys.
Additionally, as a hybrid model, electric hub motors propel the front wheels, while the rear wheel is engine-driven – making this little guy a true three-wheel drive.
Yamaha YXZ1000R Side-By-Side Sport Vehicle
The YXZ1000R wants to make tearing through the wilderness a clean experience through the employment of a hydrogen engine.
This recreation off-road vehicle seats two, and is powered by a direct injection 100% hydrogen-burning engine that produces no CO2 emission.
Hydrogen is but one of the few alternative energy sources Yamaha is working on for a cleaner tomorrow.
This reference vehicle is, as denoted by the model name, based on the sport vehicle maker’s YXZ1000R side-by-side which is available to buy for US$20,899.
Images: Yamaha Motor.