By Lawrence UlrichPosted 02.21.2012 at 5:36 pm 24 Comments
Since the days of $4 gas began, the single-cylinder motorcycles and scooters that dominate international megacities have become increasingly common on American streets. Engineers at Yamaha created the Y125 Moegi concept to capitalize on that trend. They based it on the company’s first motorcycle, the 1955 125-cc YA-1, but they also included some modern touches, in particular an ultralight frame and a new cylinder design that could help make the Moegi one of the lightest and most fuel-efficient motorcycles ever.
Why reproduce in digital form something that's worked perfectly fine for hundreds of years as an analog device? That's the question I had for Yamaha about their new AvantGrand piano. The answer: So you can save five feet, 1,100 pounds, and $80,000.
Japan's latest sci-fi monster, the Yamaha Tesseract, hunches on four wheels instead of two. This beastie is designed to retain all the turning sensations of a two-wheeled ride, without the threat of Godzilla-style carnage in the hands of an inexperienced rider.