Yamaha announced it is withdrawing its factory World Superbike Championship race team following the end of the 2011 season. The news comes as a bit of a surprise, just a week after reports the team had re-signed racer Marco Melandri for the 2012 season. On the other hand, the team has struggled to find a […]
New Photos and Video of Yamaha PES1 Electric Concept
Yamaha has released additional images and a video of its new PES1 electric motorcycle for the concept’s debut at the Tokyo Motor Show.
The new photographs, shot at Yamaha’s display at the Tokyo show, show more details about the PES1 concept, which Yamaha first announced earlier this month.
The PES1 shares the same electric DC brushless motor, lithium-ion battery and monocoque frame as the PED1 concept which also took its bow in Tokyo. The PES1 is equipped with a switchable transmission, allowing a choice of automatic or manual shifting.
The video shows more details including the rider ergonomics and the use of a cell phone as a digital display indicating speed, battery level and transmission settings.
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Yamaha claims a weight of less than 220 pounds, thanks in good part to the use of lightweight carbon fiber and hollow spaces in both the seat and where a conventional fuel tank hump would be found.
The PES1 remains very much a concept at this point, so we’ll have to wait to see if Yamaha will turn these ideas into a production model.