INTERMOT 2014 Live – Yamaha 01GEN Concept
Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!
A superbike with two front wheels.
The unconventional Yamaha 01GEN three-wheeled “on & off crossover” concept has premiered at the INTERMOT 2014, in Cologne, Germany.
The design is a futuristic interpretation of Yamaha’s current superbike styling language. Finished in a silver and blue combination, the dynamic O1GEN Concept looks far from production-ready.
The company says that The 01GEN is “a proposal for a personal vehicle that enables enjoyment of two modes in one chassis” – demanding riding and relaxed riding. The name sources its inspiration from two words – genesis and generate.
Save for the two front wheels which are supported by four telescopic suspension elements, the rest of the 01GEN concept, with its exposed engine and a swing arm, remains true to an audacious motorcycle concept.
The Japanese two-wheeler major has not revealed the technical specifications except saying that it employs a belt drive. Going by the size of the engine and the level of aggression in the design, the performance should be in the litre class superbike territory.
More details about the design theme are available in the press release below the gallery.
Yamaha O1GEN Concept at the INTERMOT 2014 – Image Gallery
Yamaha O1GEN Concept – Press Release
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