Bluetooth-enabled instrument consoles are the next fuel injection or disc brakes. Once reserved to premium motorcycles like the Ducati Multistrada, the tech was seen on the 2017 KTM 390 Duke and cascaded into more mainstream models like the TVS Ntorq 125. Another manufacturer who is reportedly trying its hands on integrating the connectivity tech onto its instrument consoles is Yamaha.
A report from Bikewale suggests that Yamaha India is working on Bluetooth-enabled instrument clusters for its FZ series and YZF range. The technology will most likely arrive on the updated models that have BS-VI compliance.
The report states that Yamaha Motor will equip its future bikes with the Bluetooth-enabled clusters to entice the growing young buyers. The report also adds that the Bluetooth system would be accompanied by a mobile application – a feature that we have seen on the TVS Ntorq 125. The Bluetooth-enabled system could allow controlling music, calls and messages. The addition of the connectivity feature will result in marginally higher prices, but Yamaha is confident that the Indian buyers would not mind paying the premium.
Yamaha India’s newly appointed Chairman, Motofumi Shitara did hint that the company would have an exciting product portfolio. Speaking to Economic Times in an interview last month, Shitara said:
There has to be fun in commuting — excitement in riding is what we are trying to bring about in our future products. We expect people to upgrade in the future and we will have a suitable portfolio to meet their needs. Majority of young customers like to have differentiated products and they are bored with the majority of the mass-market models.
In other updates, Yamaha India will drift away from mass-market motorcycles and focus on the premium segment and scooters. The company registered positive sales performance from its premium products like the YZF-R15 V3.0, the FZ series and the scooter portfolio. The 100-110cc bikes would be exported to emerging markets like Africa and Latin America.
The report adds that India Yamaha Motor aims to strengthen its R&D and wants the country to look at the development of bikes beyond localisation of parts.