23 October 2009

You havin' a scarf?

Yamaha shows the most bizarre motorbike you've ever seen

Yamaha Super Tenere

Meet the Lord of Yamaha Adventures. Or to you and us, ‘a bike in a scarf’.
 
Unveiled at the Tokyo motorshow, it’s actually called a Super Tenere and it’s one of those big adventure-type bikes usually found between the legs of Ewan or Charlie.
 
Tenere bikes have been around for years, pummeling dunes on the Dakar rally. This one is a concept and won’t go very far without an engine (those exhausts are floating in thin air at the moment) but when it arrives next year it will have a big V-twin. And hopefully, some bodywork so stop your arse sagging to the floor.
 
It borrows from the world of cars too. So it has a driveshaft rather than a chain, ABS brakes and even traction control to help fat blokes ride over sand without spinning big rooster rails of dust into the air.
 
So it should do well on the Dakar, or wherever the Dakar is actually held next year, with those desert bandit looks and headlights peeping through that headgear like devil eyes.

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