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Yamaha EKIDS Concept Appearing at New York International Motorcycle Show
Yamaha is bringing its full 2014 line of motorcycles to the New York City stop of the International Motorcycle Shows tour. Along with the production models from Yamaha and the Star cruiser brand, the company will display the EKIDS electric dirtbike concept that debuted at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show.
The Yamaha EKIDS is powered by a DC brushless motor with electricity supplied by a lithium-ion battery. The electric power unit is the same modular unit used in the EVINO electric scooter concept that was also displayed in Tokyo (you can catch a glimpse of it in the background above).
The EKIDS’ dimensions are nearly identical to Yamaha’s gasoline-powered PW50. The two youth motorcycles appear to have several components in common including the three-spoke wheels, front and rear drum brakes and telescopic fork. Like the PW50, the EKIDS uses twin rear shocks, though the shocks are mounted at a different angle to make room for the EKIDS’ motor.
Yamaha will also announce the winners of its limited edition Star Raider SCL giveaway at the New York Show. Yamaha will also display the motorcycles from its Bolt Custom Build-Off competition.