Yamaha has still more concepts for the Tokyo Motor Show, this is the Yamaha Luxair, a hybrid motorcycle that looks more scooter than motorcycle or perhaps you might call it a recumbent motorcycle. It certainly has the low seat height many of you have been asking for.
It has a gasoline engine and electric motor in parallel, the electric motor kicks in for help during acceleration switching over during cruise to recharge the battery. Regenerative braking also helps in the recharging duties.
Yamaha’s super-thin YIPU (Yamaha Intelligent Power Unit) is built into the rear hub to provide the electric power assist during acceleration and when wheeling the vehicle by hand, and it also provides a reverse function. In a collaboration with Yamaha Corp. (music) this model also mounts a special audio system.
Not a vehicle for the sport rider but it looks like it would appeal to a lot of new riders wanting a simple and efficient mode of transportation. Interesting.