This blog started when I owned and MZ Skorpion Traveller and a bike magazine dismissed it with the phrase 'you can't tour on a single'. The Skorpion's gone and I now have a Triumph Bonneville, but I can't be bothered changing the title of the blog!
Friday, 11 November 2011
Two for you this week. Both are prototypes shown by Yamaha at the recent Tokyo Show, so might never be seen again.
First up is the XTW 250 'Ryoku'. I really like the funky charm of this bike and it looks like an exaggerated version of the 'agri' bikes sold in countries like Australia. I think this would be a lot of fun as a 250cc engine would give it enough power to be interesting, the semi trail setup would allow a degree of mild off roading, and the good luggage carrying ability and screen would let you tour on it.
However, as the market for 250s is close to zero in Europe, the best we could hope for was a 600 version.
Yamaha call it an 'SUV motorcycle' and say it's “Yamaha's idea of a dependable partner for people who love motorcycles and the outdoor life.”
Next is the even less likely Y125 'Moegi'.
According to Yamaha; “Besides its appeal as a personal vehicle for daily commuting, it sports an active image that will lure owners on longer jaunts on the weekends.”
Tyres look a bit skinny for comfort! Good to see that manufacturers are exploring new ideas and not just sticking to traditional designs.