Yamaha readying new fuel-efficient global engine

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Yamaha_G5_hearts.jpgPhoto: Yamaha India

Yamaha is set to roll out a new, highly efficient, small-capacity motorcycle engine worldwide. Said to be around 125cc in capacity, the engine uses 20% less fuel than current equivalents. Not only is it believed to be destined for the US and other industrialized nations, but the company is diverting around 100 engineers from large-capacity motorcycle development to work on this new engine and others like it. This move doesn’t just indicate Yamaha’s new focus on emerging markets, but on smaller capacity motorcycles in general.
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In addition to using 20% less fuel, the new engine will also produce
far fewer emissions than existing engines. This will help it pass
future, tighter emissions regulations expected in places like Thailand,
Japan, Europe and the US. Yamaha is expected to capitalize on this to
market machines using the engine as environmentally friendly.

Does this mean we’ll see less frequent and less dramatic changes to
models like the Yamaha R1 and Yamaha R6? Probably not in the short
term, but this move does indicate that Yamaha sees a larger percentage
of its profits coming from growing Southeast Asian markets and a
smaller percentage from shrinking Western markets. In the long term we
can expect to see a larger emphasis placed on developing models more
suitable for the utilitarian tastes of countries like India and
Thailand and a decreased emphasis on catering to current fashions in
the US.

via Trading Markets

  • Bun Brown

    I’ve been saying this for years. What America needs are simple 250, 350, 450, and 650 standard motorcycles. I’m ready to buy a new UJM… Yippie!

  • http://artistruth.livejournal.com Will

    At least we have plenty of examples of well-backed utilitarian bikes that are still cool. Hopefully won’t end up like all the other new bikes they have over there.

  • http://www.urbanrider.co.uk urban rider

    I sold my S2R 800 Monster recently because it wasn’t much fun for my 5 mile commute on busy roads.

    Bought myself a restored 1979 Yamaha DT 175 and it’s hilarious!

    Hopefully they will make fun, good looking and comfortable bikes like that with the smaller engines…

    Big isn’t always best.

  • Ted

    Agreed on the Duc sale and the beauty of simplicity and operational efficiency. Sold all the Ducati’s and now am working on an rd350 basket case.

    It is going to be stupid fun.

    Retracting my comments about simplicity and efficiency; i like my chicks difficult, complicated, and strangely like the one pictured above.

    Wierd.

  • http://cohobot.blogspot.com/ coho

    I bought a Yamaha TW200 about a month ago.
    If someone had told me six months ago that 16hp was going to be a ridiculous amount of fun and more than adequate for urban traffic I’d have laughed in their face.

    Stupid fun and 80mpg. And the 130/80-18 (it’s fatter than the front tire on my BMW streetbike, and it’s a knobbie) makes it look like a Hummercycle I stole from a clown. It’s gonna make a great streetfighter.

  • Matt

    I love Yamaha’s miserly leanings, fuel wise. However, I’m irritated by the fact that they feel the US market warrants 2 WR250 bikes, an XT250, a TW200 and this new 125, but won’t bring us the XT660Z Tenere. It’s great to have more than one 250-and-below option but I’d like to see a little middle ground.
    And, no, I do not consider the 40 MPG FZ6 middle ground.

  • v

    i’m guessing this will be a four stroke since 2 stroke engines are anything but enviroment-friendly and fuel conscious;if so it will probably be very short on steam…it needs to have at least twice that capacity if it’s going to be of help in the city or impress new riders, you often need to accelerate quicly out of harms way
    yes some might mention the cbr 125r but that isn’t exactly frugal given it’s capacity and also.not a lot of umphhh
    also it’s pretty darn heavy..for a 106 cc machine..123 kg dry… the cub weighs around 90 kg wet…