Looks Like the Yamaha PES1 Electric Street Bike Is a Runner

11/20/2013 @ 4:40 pm, by Jensen Beeler30 COMMENTS

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Last week when Yamaha debuted its electric street bike concept, the Yamaha PES1, we thought it looked like a well-though out concept machine that gave the tuning fork brand some street cred for thinking about a future with electric motorcycles. After all, the Japanese company was light on details, and certain parts of the bike seemed a bit more Star Trek than reality. Turns out we were wrong.

Releasing a video of the Yamaha PES1 testing on the track, it’s clear that the concept is fully-functional (just like Data), which means Yamaha has set its phasers to stun with this 100kg machine. From the cuts of this quick YouTube flick, Yamaha seems as serious as a Borg cube with its electric project, which only adds to the intrigue on when they could debut a proper production model.

Maybe with the rumors about Honda being behind the Mugen Shinden project, Yamaha didn’t want Big Red to get too far ahead in the EV game. Whatever the case may be, we like it…even more than Klingon gagh.

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Source: Yamaha

Comment:

  1. Paul McM says:

    Love it. Give me higher bars and make that donut-hole faux gas tank capable of holding gloves and a six-pack and you could have the ultimate city-bike. Interesting that a belt is used rather than a chain.

    This thing makes my DR650 look pre-historic. Hope it gets into production… with adjustable ergos and higher spring rates for North American riders.

  2. Paul McM says:

    Love it. Give me higher bars and make that donut-hole faux gas tank capable of holding gloves and a six-pack and you could have the ultimate city-bike. Interesting that a belt is used rather than a chain.

    This thing makes my DR650 look pre-historic. Hope it gets into production… with adjustable ergos and higher spring rates for North American riders.

  3. paulus says:

    Let’s hope it is released before the governments cut subsidies for electric vehicles… this would be a fun city bike.

  4. MikeD says:

    PEPSI BIKE ! . . . . oh, wait . . .what now ? ! (o_O)’

    I like it (and that’s saying a lot coming from a regular EV Hater), so . . . how much $ ?

  5. TexusTim says:

    whats cool about electric bikes is they have so much room to grow, this is the future and the best platform for electric locomotion is motorcycles..once these things can get around 200 miles on a charge and maybe a little larger then serious track days or hill country rides would rock !

  6. Gutterslob says:

    All these new electrics have such nice frames.

  7. RL says:

    Those wheels are the biz. Also, keep the low bars and the sporty look, Zero already makes all the boring, ergo-friendly e bikes we need. And no one buys them.

  8. FranktheTank says:

    Looks amazing!! Truely hope they make this and not stray too far from the concept design ( and of course keep the price …. reasonable ). I think EV bikes need a futuristic yet elegant designed bike to make them more appealing. I’m not impressed with many of the other designs out there now. This bike, if made, is going to be perfect fo me in Hawaii. Where I don’t have too much range anxiety.

  9. Gear lever but no clutch. Huh? Not entirely sure why we need a gearbox at all for something that does 60mph.

    Looks like fun. But can we please also have something that is properly aerodynamic. And perhaps recumbent. Think Akira, rather than Transformers.

  10. johnrdupree says:

    @Julian, for a bike like this, a lightweight city bike that tops out around 60mph, adding a bunch of aero would be counter productive. You wouldn’t get any benefit until you were above 45mph or so, and the weight of the bodywork would be a detriment every time you wanted to speed up. In this case, keeping it light is better.

  11. Jake F. says:

    Can we infer from this post that more ST:TNG references was a bullet point in the annual A&R development strategy session? Make it so, number 1.

  12. Richard Gozinya says:

    @Paul, Yeah, seems like a no brainer, this definitely looks more city bike/commuter than anything else, but for some reason they missed a pretty obvious way to improve functionality.

    @ RL, E bikes of any kind aren’t selling all that well, the reasons having nothing to do with ergonomics. They’re expensive for what they can do, and motorcycles aren’t really big among the hardcore eco-geeks, who are the primary buyers of EVs.

    As far as this thing goes, I’m skeptical. It’s either using some new super high energy density battery, or has a very short range. It’s just too light to have much juice if it’s using run of the mill lithium batteries. Depending on how much this thing costs, it could be a big success.

  13. Sam Adams says:

    Were there ever any doubts about Honda being behind the Mugen Shinden? Mugen was started by Soichiro Honda’s son and they’ve been tuning Hondas forever.

  14. Mosquito says:

    All I want for Christmas…

  15. Admiral Obvious says:

    @Sam Adams: Dude, I know. I don’t understand my people keep stating it’s a rumor that Honda is involved.

    If a mysterious car showed up at the ‘Ring with fuggin AMG stickers plastered all over it, would anyone in this planet believe that it’s not a Mercedes?

  16. Paul McM says:

    Quote: “Keeping it light is better” — John is dead on. I want to sit high and I don’t need a bunch of aero panels to scratch. I have a VFR800 and ST1100 and DR650. I pick the DR for almost all trips under 10 miles because it is light, easy to maneuver, easy to park, easy to lane-split. The suspension travel is actually useful in the city with potholes, speed bumps. I currently get by with a small tail pack, so one doesn’t need a lot of storage. Put hard sides and a locking lid on that fake tank and you’re good to go. My typical in-city mileage is under 15 per day. Something like this eBike would be perfect — if it is affordable.

    @johnrdupree says: For a bike like this, a lightweight city bike that tops out around 60mph, adding a bunch of aero would be counter productive. You wouldn’t get any benefit until you were above 45mph or so, and the weight of the bodywork would be a detriment every time you wanted to speed up. In this case, keeping it light is better.

  17. Singletrack says:

    Zero and Brammo’s days are numbered once the established brands take electrics seriously.
    The details on this bike are beautiful, and I would bank on the reliability and warranty of a Yamaha over Zero any day.

    Still, it’s just a 7/8 scale Moto3 bike, but a fun toy nonetheless. Now if Yamaha can bring the electric dirt bike to North America for around $5000, then you’d start to see a real market open up.

  18. Doug says:

    Recumbents are a really bad idea for the street unless you want to see how many times you get run over. On the track is different

    I really like the use of negative space.

  19. Ed Gray says:

    If that is the real sound I am jazzed. One of the bast things about bikes for me is the engine sounds. I have been dreading the eventual end of those sounds. However I think I could find the sound in this vid fairly exciting. The reduction of loud bikes on the street could do wonders for the impressions of the general public too. I have had my eyes opened on this topic recently. A young dude has moved in down the street from my house, who is constantly (yeah I know it’s an exaggeration) blasting around with his friends in their hot rod diesel pickup trucks. I am absolutely positive they think the trucks are the coolest thing in the world not annoying smelly noisy… you get the point we also can be annoying. They have no idea that also know exactly how slow they are.

  20. Richard Gozinya says:

    @Singletrack I think Zero and Brammo’s problem is that they’re trying to put out a big company product, on a small company budget. Zero has been especially bad with this, putting out a budget product at a premium price. A smarter move would be to put out a product intended more for the Ducati, or MV Agusta market, than the Honda market.

  21. Sam Adams says:

    @Admiral Obvious.

    Exactly.

  22. Congratulations to Yamaha for coming to the table with something cool looking and runner to boot. Brammo is happy to see the incumbent OEMs participating in the future of their industry… good strategy!

    However, I’m not quite shaking in my boots over a 60mph, 2-speed, 40-50 mile max range commuter bike that looks racy… They’re going to have to try a little harder to impress me. Or… they can bring that prototype to one of our races and prove to everyone what it’s capable of… Yamaha? Yeah… I’m talkin’ to you…

  23. Miguel says:

    It’s practically impossible (with today’s battery technology) to have an electric motorcycle weighing 100kg and doing more than ’60mph and40-50 mile max range’. The PES1 probably has a 3kW or 5kW motor (that’s about 4.5 to 7.5HP) and probably the size of a TZ125 (that’s also the reason it’s light, look how thin the tyres are). It’s practically a 50CC! And the range must be less that 15 miles in a circuit.
    It can’t just be compared to a Brammo and much less a Mungen. And the price should still be quite high (today’s electric bicycles with a 3/5kW motor cost more than 6000$…) compared to a internal combustion engine motorcycle.
    I have nothing against electric motorcycles, I would love to have a Brammo, a Mungen or a Mission.

  24. M&M Customs says:

    Hey BrammoBrian,
    How about that challenge to Richard Hatfield of Lightning motorcycles? I’m pretty sure he will take you up on that in a heart beat.

  25. M&M Customs,
    Ok. We raced against Lightning in the 2011 and 2012 seasons when we won our NA and World TTXGP Championships. You’d have to ask Richard why Lightning didn’t show up to any of the NA races this season. They were missed. We found some challengers elsewhere though as we raced gas bikes in AFM this season…
    https://www.brammo.com/blogs/?p=1916

  26. Bob says:

    @BrammoBrian

    “However, I’m not quite shaking in my boots over a 60mph, 2-speed, 40-50 mile max range commuter bike…”

    Aren’t those basically the specs of your Enertia bike?

  27. JimBob says:

    @BrammoBrian

    “However, I’m not quite shaking in my boots over a 60mph, 2-speed, 40-50 mile max range commuter bike…”

    Aren’t those basically the specs of your Enertia bike?

  28. yung says:

    @BrammoBrian

    Until they have Shelina…they lose!

  29. ^^ I LOVE this guy!!! :D #winning! Yung, you Rock!!

    and to Bob, yes, basically the Enertia specs, and while I absolutely love my Enertia for the fun factor…. my Empulse is definitely the “real” motorcycle. Better handling, power, range, etc, So… Yamaha has to come up with something better than Brammo’s “old” technology to be real competition.

  30. Keith says:

    There is a good reason for an electric motor to have a gear box and clutch…you can get more speed and more range that way. Like ICE engines electric motors suck more just the faster they spin. Hopefully they are being smart and NOT use a DC brushed motor. For efficiency and power you can’t beat a brushless AC motor. Mr. Tesla proved that over 100 years ago.