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Yamaha concepts set for production


June 4, 2004

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Monday December 15, 2003Two bikes seen for the first time as concept bikes at the Paris Motor Show are already rumoured to have been given the green light to go into production. Yamaha introduced its radical MT-01 concept bike to the amazement of all at the 2003 Tokyo Motor Show, shoveling the air-cooled, V-twin 1600 cc Road Star motor into what is essentially a TZ250 racing chassis, producing a motorcycle very reminiscent of the Harley-engined Buell: very compact, light, quick-steering and an engine-on-wheels.

The bike is specced as a race bike, with high performance brakes, upside down front forks, and racing rear suspension, and fat low-ratio rubber.The massive twin is also a structural part of the chassis so weight and centre of gravity could be kept low.The other concept bike shown recently in European shows, the MT-03 is almost certain to see production during 2004 and is best described as a Roadster Motard.

Based on the 660cc Yamaha single motor, the bike and is expected to be brought to market in the key French market within a year.Very much the embodiment of the light, lean and purposeful classic big single, the MT-03 has been modernised and styled aggressively and with a production decision following so closely on the first showing, the reaction must have been incredibly positive.

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Mike Hanlon Mike grew up thinking he would become a mathematician, accidentally started motorcycle racing, got a job writing road tests for a motorcycle magazine while at university, and became a writer. As a travelling photojournalist during his early career, his work was published in a dozen languages across 20+ countries. He went on to edit or manage over 50 print publications, with target audiences ranging from pensioners to plumbers, many different sports, many car and motorcycle magazines, with many more in the fields of communication - narrow subject magazines on topics such as advertising, marketing, visual communications, design, presentation and direct marketing. Then came the internet and Mike managed internet projects for Australia's largest multimedia company, Telstra.com.au (Australia's largest Telco), Seek.com.au (Australia's largest employment site), top100.com.au, hitwise.com, and a dozen other internet start-ups before founding Gizmag in 2002. Now he writes and thinks. All articles by Mike Hanlon
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