Yamaha Inline Triple Crossplane Concept

October 2, 2012
Ken Hutchison
Ken Hutchison
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The ulcers keep piling on for the warden of the MotoUSA asylum. With the inmates running rampant around the globe, Hutch has opted to get in on the madness more these days than in years past and is back in the saddle again.

The new engine will bring race-inspired performance to the street.
Unfortunately  there has been no indication of exactly what future models the new engine will be used in.
Yamaha has released its ‘crossplane concept’ three-cylinder engine at the Intermot Motorcycle Show in Cologne, Germany. Unfortunately, there has been no indication of exactly what future models the new engine will be used in.

Yamaha has released its ‘crossplane concept’ three-cylinder engine at the Intermot Motorcycle Show in Cologne, Germany. The Inline Triple layout is reportedly being developed for use in its next generation of street bikes, although there has been no indication of exactly what future models it will be utilized in.

According the Yamaha Motor Europe website, the new engine will bring ‘race-inspired performance’ to the street. That seems to eliminate the notion that this Triple will be utilized in a sport bike package since the Yamaha YZF-R1 and Yamaha YZF-R6 are firmly established four-cylinders. However, the idea of a thinner, lighter supersport bike would be a tantalizing concept in its own right.

On the flip side the new light and compact engine could make its way to any number of street bike applications. A small-bore Tenere-style adventure touring bike to go head-to-head with the Triumph Tiger and BMW F800GS would be a trendy move. The Streetfighter market would be an interesting application as well. Imagine this lightweight and torque delivering engine in a sporty chassis at a decent price point? The opportunities are endless and Yamaha is quite excited about this new venture.

Yamaha engineers are playing off the success of the YZF-M1 MotoGP and YZF-R1 superbike engines, both of which have featured the crossplane concept with great success. The linear power delivery and sexy exhaust note would be appealing on a number of fronts. As anyone in the industry will attest to, the Japanese motorcycle market is in a funk, while the European brands continue to gain market share through their innovative engine configurations and multi-purpose platforms, (think BMW F-series and the Monster line-up for example, not to mention the direct Inline Triple competition from Triumph).

“It is the philosophy where ‘crossplane’ means the kind of torque character that gives riders the exact torque they want when they need it,” explains Senior Executive Motorcycle Business Operations, Kunihiko Miwa.

Unfortunately, this is all the information that Yamaha has offered up at this time. Stay tuned for more details on the New Yamaha Concept model Three-Cylinder as it becomes available.

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