It’s not as busy as EICMA, but the Tokyo Motor Show always has some interesting machines on display. Here are some of the concepts we’ve heard about so far.
Along with the Bolt-based cafe racer we told you about last week, Yamaha has also unveiled some interesting electric concepts, as well as a 250 sportbike.
That 250 cc sportbike concept, dubbed the R25, has been rumoured a long time. We knew were supposed to see it this fall, but we expected to see it in production form.
Nevertheless, it shows Yamaha is working on budget sportbikes, just like everyone else. The concept is based around a 250 cc twin-cylinder motor. It has a six-speed transmission and EFI, and styling straight from MotoGP. We haven’t seen any official spec sheets yet, but according to Yamaha, the bike ” boasts a powerful and sporty ride in the high rpm range while being easy to handle.” Translation: The powerband on this thing is likely more Ninja 300-like, with less emphasis on lower-end torque, like Honda’s CBR250.
Like the CBR250 (now a CBR300 in some markets) and the Ninja 300, R25 is aimed at the beginner buyer in developed markets, while in developing countries it will be considered a higher-end sportbike. Check out the bike in the video below.
Yamaha also unveiled two electric motorcycles that could be even more interesting than the R25, the PES1 and the PED1.
These bikes use the battery boxes as stressed members of the chassis, allowing the designers to reduce weight (although the reported weight is so low, at about 100 kg, we’re wondering if these are track tools only – batteries for street range are heavy). The PES1 is a sportbike, and the PED1 is a motocross-style bike based around the same basic platform.
The light weight is an welcome feature, but the bikes also have something else that’s sadly lacking on most battery bikes – a manual gearbox. Supposedly, the bike’s transmission works in either automatic or manual mode. Check out the PES1 in the video clip below.
What about the other Japanese manufacturers? It seems Suzuki made most of their big news at the AIME show in Orlando, and Honda’s big news mostly came out at EICMA, but Kawasaki had an interesting motor on display at Tokyo.
Suzuki made waves when they unveiled their turbocharged concept bike last month. Now Kawasaki is hot on their heels, with a supercharged motor on display in Tokyo.
Details on the hot new inline-four are slim, however. Kawasaki’s marketing team had a brief blurb saying the company was using their expertise gained from years of Kawasaki Heavy Industries involvement with turbine engines to put together the new blower motor, and that was about it – no word on torque, horsepower, etc.