TOKYO, Japan - Yamaha Motor Co,. Ltd. Is showing a prototype “superbike you can ride every day" at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013. The R25 is a 250cc sportbike mounting a newly developed in-line 2-cylinder engine on a lightweight, slim and compact chassis that shares its look with the YZR-M1 MotoGP model.
The R25 is positioned and offered as an entry-model in the sportbike category for developed markets like Japan and Europe, and as a top performance sportbike for emerging markets, primarily throughout Asia.
The company themed its Yamaha Motor booth for the "Revs your Heart," and it will offer a chance for visitors to experience "the growing world of personal mobility" unique to Yamaha, a specialist in small vehicles for personal mobility.
"Our 'Revs your Heart' slogan expresses the sense of pride and duty we have in this goal, and is an embodiment of our desire to stir people's hearts with excitement and emotion, like the building revs of an engine," said Yamaha Motor CEO Hiroyuki Yanagi.
The booth has a total of 19 models on display, including motorcycles, scooters, and the cute-as-a-bug prototype MOTIV car. The MOTIV is in research and development as a personal vehicle for urban areas. Yamaha says “the idea was born while researching and developing multi-wheeled vehicles that stay true to the original appeal of a motorcycle.” Its most distinctive feature is the skeleton frame based on the iStream process, proposed by Gordon Murray Design Limited and originating in Formula One racing cars. The frame uses a combination of steel tube piping and composite materials to produce optimal engineering and safety designs, and demonstrates possibilities for pursuing high levels of handling stability and safety.
Posted by Holly Wagner