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Yamaha shows off new house brand of e-bikes

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Yamaha's YDX-TORC
Yamaha's YDX-TORC
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Yamaha's YDX-TORC
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Yamaha's UrbanRush
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Yamaha's CrossCore

Although it may be best-known for things like motorcycles, Yamaha claims to have launched the world's first electrically power assisted bicycle back in 1993. Since then, it's sold over two million electric bikes – in the Japanese market. Now, Yamaha Motor Corp USA has unveiled a new line of e-bikes that should be available at American and Japanese dealerships starting next spring.

The US-designed bikes are being presented this week at the Interbike trade show in Las Vegas. Detailed technical specs aren't being shared just yet, as the units that are on display are prototypes intended more to introduce the brand than to show exactly what will be in stores – that said, they reportedly do indicate the direction that Yamaha will be taking with the products.

Four models are being shown. They include the UrbanRush, a sleek drop-bar road bike; the CrossCore, a flat-bar fitness hybrid; the CrossConnect, which is described as an "everyday recreation-utility;" and, the YDX-TORC, a hardtail cross-country mountain bike with 27.5-inch tires. They all utilize Yamaha's mid-drive motor system, which is already used in other brands of e-bikes.

Yamaha's UrbanRush
Yamaha's UrbanRush

Additionally, all of the prototypes are Class 1 pedal-assist bikes, which means that they don't have a throttle-only mode, and they're electronically limited to a top motor-assisted speed of 20 mph (32 km/h).

More details – including prices – should be released when the final versions are formally introduced, which we're told will likely be in December.

Source: Yamaha

4 comments
kid-jensen
Bikes without any form of suspension (as these apear to be) will have zero uptake in the UK, where pot-holed roads make riding at best uncomfortable and sometimes downright life-threatening...
fb36
I think chainless bikes are the future.
jerryd
Since they don't have throttles handicapped people like me can't use them is pretty shoddy , not giving the simple option.
ProfessorWhat
@jerryd And capped speeds is ridiculous; cars aren't capped at highway speed limits, and being able to crank up the throttle faster than normal at the foot of a particularly hilly road would be better performance-wise and easier on the battery & motor while taking such elevation.