October 18, 2012 at 4:33 pm #14779ChampsParticipant
SOURCES close to Yamaha in Japan say the three-cylinder concept engine shown at Intermot earlier this month will lead to replacements for both the R1 and R6 as the firm makes a clean break from its four-cylinder heritage.
Yamaha was bold in its admissions during the concept’s presentation that the firm hadn’t made enough exciting bikes in recent years, and said the triple would “shape Yamaha’s future motorcycle line-up” but stopped shy of spelling out exactly which models the motor would appear in.
It’s now becoming increasingly clear that triples could become the dominant layout in future Yamahas, covering everything from scooters – the firm both patented and tested a 750cc three-cylinder T-Max derivative several years ago – to superbikes. Our sources say that several different three-cylinder engines are under development, in a range of sizes, to cater for the wholesale change in the firm’s lineOctober 18, 2012 at 4:47 pm #64481ses310Moderator
Interesting stuffOctober 18, 2012 at 9:48 pm #64482RadarModerator
I bet Triumph wont be too happy about it, Triples is very much their turf…October 19, 2012 at 6:04 am #64483ChampsParticipant
Yeah, but hopefully that will bring a development competition into it. Which may lead to some new designs and concepts. Could be good.October 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm #64484GordyParticipant
Because the current R1 and R6 are obviously, clearly and unquestionably boring.
But seriously, a three cylinder layout can surely have a good blend of virtues, and I look forward to seeing what they punt out.October 25, 2012 at 2:47 pm #64485HippoDronesParticipant
be interesting to see how it pans out for racing as well as the road!October 25, 2012 at 10:38 pm #64486RadarModerator
On show in Germany recently and hitting the markets in 2013. Yamaha do need to do something to regain their image as innovators
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