The last interesting thing that we’ve heard from the Japanese was the Yamaha Niken – the Leaning Multi Wheeler. Now, news has emerged that Yamaha might be interested in developing an electric trials bike.
Reports suggest that Yamaha has filed a patent with the European Union Intellectual Property Office which reserves the name ‘TY-E’ for the company. We know that Yamaha has been using the ‘TY’ nomenclature for over four decades to name its trial bikes. The patent describes the name as for ‘motorcycles, motor scooters, mopeds, three-wheeled motorcycles, three-wheeled motor scooters, three-wheeled mopeds, electric motorcycles, electric three-wheeled motorcycles, electric scooters, electric three-wheeled scooters and parts and fittings for all the aforesaid goods.’
We can also conclude from the name ‘TY-E’, that the ‘E’ here represents ‘electric’. Yamaha has been pretty active in making trials bike ranging from 50cc to 350cc. It is even backing a factory team of riders using the TYS250fi model in the Japanese national championship. Then there’s the FIM’s Trial-E Cup which has been introduced last year. This would be another reason for Yamaha to work on an electric trials bike.