Yamaha MOTOROiD – The Motorcycle/Robotcycle Concept

OCT 31 2017 BY MARK KANE 8

Yamaha brought a very special motorcycle to the recent Tokyo Motor Show in Japan, the  concept bike integrates many hot topics right now; such as electric drive, autonomous driving, artificial intelligence and balance maintenance.

Nutshell:  The Yamaha MOTOROiD probably won’t be available at your local deal anytime soon, but its pretty cool to look at!

Yamaha MOTOROiD concept

The MOTOROiD recognizes its owner, and is capable to drive autonomously (at a low speed) on demand. A pretty sci-fi project for a e-bike for sure.

The bike’s power-train consists of a rear-wheel hub motor and also lithium-ion battery pack.

“In order to create new experiences of Kando,* this experimental proof-of-concept model employs artificial intelligence and explores creating new forms of personal mobility in which the rider resonates harmoniously with the machine.

MOTOROiD’s development concept was an “Unleashed Prototype,” and it is capable of recognizing its owner and interacting in other capacities like a living creature. By undertaking these kinds of development challenges, Yamaha is aiming to acquire technology for creating new value for our customers.

*Kando is a Japanese word for the simultaneous feelings of deep satisfaction and intense excitement that we experience when we encounter something of exceptional value.

■ Length×Width×Height = 2,060 mm×600 mm×1,090 mm
■ Motor type = Rear-wheel hub motor
■ Fuel supply system = Lithium-ion
■ Vehicle weight (wet) = 213 kg”

Yamaha MOTOROiD concept

Yamaha MOTOROiD concept

Yamaha MOTOROiD concept

Yamaha MOTOROiD concept

Yamaha MOTOROiD concept

Yamaha MOTOROiD concept

Yamaha MOTOROiD concept

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8 Comments on "Yamaha MOTOROiD – The Motorcycle/Robotcycle Concept"

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Will it void the warranty if you take off the training wheels?

Honda has shown electric and hybrid PCX scooters heading to production in 2018. That is far more interesting than another concept bike.

Meh. Looks like a scooter. They should’ve put RADD front swing arm suspension. Maybe that’ll generate as much buzz as GTS1000.


Interesting design.
Never made it through, so it must have drawback.

I like the dry weight specification of this motoroïd.
I don’t know if it mean a full charge battery or a depleted one…..


Yamaha GTS1000 did have Yamaha’s version of RADD, so it was sold. Unfortunately, Yamaha cut out the inventor from participating in design, so it didn’t work as well as it could have.

Speaking of, GTS1000 has becoming exceedingly rare. I should’ve bought one…

‘a rear-wheel hub motor’
How I have been ridiculed over the years for suggesting hub motors can be not only viable, but superior- the rotor being outside helps cooling & torque AFAIK.
Both Michelin & Protean have working HM’s;
“BYD’s Proprietary In-Wheel Traction Motors are another core competency integrated in the BYD 40 ft electric bus. By removing the transmission, the clutch and an engine all requiring thousands of moving parts, the simplicity and durability of the powertrain reduces an operator’s maintenance cost by tens of thousands of dollars each year”
Tes, even cars exist with HM’s; the technology will improve & eventually replace all drive shafts, etc. And I don’t want to hear about the “unsprung weight” bogeyman- it has already been solved–‘Michelin Active Wheel motor as fitted to the Heuliez Will that results in an unsprung weight of 35 kg on the front axle which compares favorably to a small car such as a Renault Clio that has 38 kg of unsprung weight on its front axle.[22]’

Hub motors are used in bicycles and low speed Chinese scooters because they are cheap when performance and reliability are not a concern. That’s where their advantages end.

Hub motors will always be ridiculously heavy and low performing because of low rotational speed, larger clearances and extra structural strength required by this application. You are better off with a motor design for best performance and a transmission that decouples it from the hub.

I’m not necessarily against putting a motor IN a hub as long as it is NOT the hub itself. A simple reduction gear could solve most of the issues of hub motors.

Autopilot on a motorcycle, well that will indeed reduce the number of of accidents. Motorcyclist are most of the time paying no attention at all on respecting the traffic rules. I hope we force it upon them way before we force it on drivers.

A bit more details on the autobalancing system would be interesting.