I mean, just the lack of that cartoon-space-ship-looking roofing (which, to be fair, made me think “ew!” when looking at the MW) causes this latest design to actually look like a bike! In fact, it reminds me of them futuristic flying hover-bikes from sci-fi movies or video games, which is pretty damn cool if you ask me.
I know, you might argue that by removing the roofing, weather protection is lost, and you’d be right! Thing i,s though, if I’m looking to stay nice and dry during rain or cool in the scorching summer heat, a bike might not be my first choice of a vehicle from the very beginning, but maybe it’s just me.
This time around, as with the MW, the company tilts (pun intended) toward technology obtained as a result of purchasing patents previously owned by Brudeli in 2018. Maintaining the central pillar that the coilover front shocks mount to vertical at any given time (even when the rest of the bike is tilted), the new arrangement gives it the ability to comfortably lean into corners with its body and all three wheels, assisted by a braking system and the servo-operated mechanisms that control the tilt.
Sharing the same chassis with the MW-Vision, we’re led to suppose that it’s powered by what the company would call a “series hybrid”; consisting of a twin-cylinder combustion engine (located between the rider’s feet) fueling a generator, which in turn charges the batteries that put the electric motor (found under the seat) in motion, ultimately leading to the combustion engine running at an efficient, steady pace (therefore reducing pumping losses at small throttle openings).
We could go as far as guessing that some of Yamaha’s hybrid engines to fit this purpose range from TMAX’s 560cc, all the way up to Super Ténéré‘s power-packed 1,199cc. While we couldn’t get much of an idea about how the system is fitted on the MW, this time around we almost immediately spot the exhaust pipes smoothly winding out of the footboards on both sides and into the elegant side pods, to then re-emerge from the back of the pods as tail pipes.
By fitting the electric motor under the seat, the storage unit normally found in this space is lost (duh!).
To compensate, the latest concept features a generously sized top box, also acting as a wrap-around backrest for the passenger. And, well, it just seems to fit beautifully. It’s doesn’t look out of place, it’s not too bulky, it’s just right.
We’ve got to be realistic and keep in mind that the images display a concept rather than a model to be put on the production line, but can safely assume that Yamaha is preparing something at least roughly similar for the showrooms in the not too distant future.
One thing’s for sure, I’m really quite fond of the direction they’re taking and pumped to see what they’ll come up with in the future. We’ll be sure to let you know!