Yamaha PED2 and PES2 A Step Closer to Sale?

Yamaha has registered the design for their electric motorcycle concepts shown at last year’s Tokyo Motor Show – the sportsbike PES2 and the off-road focused PED2 – with the European Union Trademark regulator. While no guarantee of the either bike actually coming to market, it is a sign that Yamaha is continuing to work towards an electric motorcycle in the hopefully near future.

The PED2 concept carries on from the PED1 from 2013, but looks a little more production ready than previous. Even with a heavy battery, Yamaha claims the PED2 well weigh less than 100 kg. The sports bike oriented PES2 is an extra level of unique as it has an additional electric motor built into the hub of the front wheel to make it a 2WD motorcycle. Both models are equivalent in performance to mopeds and small motorcycles (less than 125cc in capacity).

Other features of the two concepts is the use of augmented reality technology via cameras and senors on the bikes which are connected to a ‘smart helmet’. The PED2 also offers the ability to switch between automatic and manual gear changing modes. Yamaha has been registering patents related to electric motorcycle drive trains for many years now, but like Kawasaki who have done much the same, no actual electric bike has yet made it to production.

 

Yamaha to Show Three New Motorcycles at Tokyo Motor Show

The 44th Tokyo Motor Show kicks off in just under two weeks time and Yamaha has announced that it will be debuting six new machines – three of which are concept motorcycles. Two of the bikes that will be on display are an evolution of previous electric bike concepts shown at the same event two years ago.

The PED2 concept carries on from the PED1 from 2013, but looks a little more production ready than previous. Even with a heavy battery, Yamaha claims the PED2 well weigh less than 100 kg. The sports bike oriented PES2 is an extra level of unique as it has an additional electric motor built into the hub of the front wheel to make it a 2WD motorcycle. Both models are equivalent in performance to mopeds and small motorcycles (less than 125cc in capacity).

 

The third motorcycle on show will be the Resonator125, a very lightweight retro styled bike sporting 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. If from the image below it looks like it’s lacking in grunt, you’re right. As its name suggests, the engine is a mere 125cc in size.

In addition to the three bikes, Yamaha will also be showing off a Leaning Multi-Wheeler
(LMW), a Recreational Off-road Vehicle (ROV), a car, and an electrically power-assisted bicycle. They’ll also be unveiling an autonomous motorcycle-riding humanoid robot that combines motorcycle and robotics technologies – hopefully the robot looks like a monkey because there would be nothing cooler than a robotic monkey riding a bike.

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