Yamaha's 01GEN Trike is the Right Amount of Weird
Bike fans from all around have converged on Cologne, Germany, to see the latest and greatest motorcycles from the world’s biggest brands. Among them, the highly anticipated Ducati Scrambler, Kawasaki H2R, and this oddity…the Yamaha 01Gen trike concept. While there seems to be a fair amount of Internet loathe for three-wheeled motorcycles, it’ll be interesting to see if this latest two-in-the-front trike makes the production cut. RELATED: Survive the zombie apocalypse on this 2014 Motoped Survival Bike
Befitting an aggressive and racy concept, Yamaha’s press notes are appropriately vague. Design philosophies are dreamily romanced, though no mention is given to the powerplant underneath or its drive type, which from photos appears to be a belt-driven setup in the rear.
Yamaha does however hint at its purpose as both an on- and off-road crossover trike. The 01Gen features two separate forks at the front, which suggests a significant lean-in when turning, but could generally offer better road holding than your standard bike and increased capability when said road becomes a rutted trail.
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As far as looks go…well…it’s a concept, so it’s typically adventurous. Up front, a pair of beaky fenders lead into a rather graceful flowing line from front to rear, even if it does have a bit of an angry dolphin look to it. The integrated exhaust is a nice addition as well.
If it does come to fruition, it’ll stack-up against the likes of the Can-Am Spyder, Piaggio MP3, as well as Yamaha’s own Tricity scooter. And if it ends up looking exactly like this, we know which one we’ll want to buy.
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