Here’s a few more Yamaha updates from EICMA (no word from Yamaha if we’ll see any of them over here though).
The adventure tourer has received engine and chassis upgrades for 2014. For the engine, this includes larger valves, new cams and piston rings, and a 2-hp boost in peak power. Power characteristics are said to have been smoothed out, and a rubber damper has been incorporated into the clutch to reduce driveline shocks. T and S ride modes have been fine tuned for more manageable throttle response in town and more aggressive mapping for those back-road assaults.
There’s a new four-position windscreen, and a new tapered aluminum handlebar that sits on revised, vibration-reducing clamps fort less vibes. Long-distance riders will be happy to hear that cruise control is standard and seating has been tweaked for a more upright riding position.
All new is the XT1200ZE model, which will come with electronically adjustable suspension, operated via a handlebar-mounted switch, with four preload and three damping settings available. The ZE will also have heated grips, a top case, centre stand and hand protectors.
We rode the FZ-09, known as the MT-09 in other markets, earlier this season and it proved to be a very affordable, powerful and nimble motorcycle. We had also noted that perhaps it lacked some finishing touches, which was actually a fair trade-off for the low price.
Well, Yamaha presented another variation called the MT-09 Street Rally at EICMA. The Street Rally is a standard MT-09 (FZ-09 in Canuck), with a bunch of motard-inspired bodywork bolted onto it. Parts include a headlight cover, gas tank shrouds, number plates, a kite-shaped wind deflector and hand guards.
The bike was originally built by a European Yamaha dealer, but the company liked it so much, it decided to make the parts available for dealer assembly, possibly when ordering a new bike — at least in Europe.
Tricity three-wheeled scooter
Finally, Yamaha introduced the Tricity, a leaning three-wheeled scooter much like the Piaggio MP3. Yamaha claims it will differ from current tripod scooters on the market in that it will be significantly lighter, at around 150 kg, which is comparable to a two-wheeled 125 cc scooter. It will also be considerably narrower than its competitors.
Power will come via a 125 cc four-stroke single mated to an automatic CVT. Although it is currently a concept, it is said Yamaha has already decided to go ahead and produce it. The target price for Europe will be around 4,000 Euro.
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As I said before, rice burner dealers are all over, generally hard to find a Piaggio/Vespa/Aprilla or even Enfield dealers outside the GTA. Would love this but wake me when these hit 400 or 500cc.