2-Stroke Twins and Their Heritage
Exhibition Period: August to early November 2017
Since Yamaha Motor was founded, its specialty was motorcycles with simple and lightweight 2-stroke engines, building numerous models and earning a worldwide reputation for its knowledge and expertise with the format.
In particular, Yamaha built high-performance 2-stroke twins one after another that defined the eras they debuted in, a practice that lasted until the end of the 1990s. Even today, with motorcycles now comprised almost entirely of 4-strokes, these older 2-stroke models continue to fuel the passion of classic motorcycle enthusiasts.
This exhibition gathers together several 2-stroke twins that helped propel Yamaha motorcycles onto the world stage, introducing them together with samples of their unique exhaust notes for you to enjoy.
Feel free to take your time and savor the unique and timeless appeal of these iconic machines.
Motorcycle Design – Designing the MAX SeriesSecond Series of 2017: Design Exhibit
Exhibition Period: June to December 2017
In our Monozukuri, Yamaha captivates users and helps create vibrant lifestyles through unparalleled beauty and dynamism under our “Refined Dynamism” Design Philosophy. At the Design Zone on the 1st floor, we highlight a variety of Yamaha products and reveal specific details and the key points of Yamaha Motor Design.
For this fourth installment covering motorcycle design, we take a brief look at how the ideas and concepts for a model are given form. Using the XMAX300 model—part of our globally marketed MAX Series of sport scooters—as an example, the display features the actual sketches and clay model for the scooter, and describes the aims behind the designs of its various shapes and parts and how they were given foam.
Here’s another opportunity to see the process leading to exterior designs that “rev the heart.”
Handling is in the Details -4-First Series of 2017: Technology Exhibit
Exhibition Period: June to December 2017
At the Communication Plaza, we aim to be a place where you can always find fresh new forms of the special excitement and fulfillment we call Kando by creating displays with a variety of current themes and exhibiting the latest Yamaha products. Our “Art of Engineering” exhibit shows the technology and art of Yamaha Monozukuri, and it’s one you won’t want to miss.
We continue our series that goes beyond the actual steering mechanisms and looks at the finer details of the technology and methodologies that influence a vehicle’s handling. This fourth edition covers four items:
- The drive unit for our electric wheelchairs and its fine-tuned electronics that deliver a natural feel to users
- The roughly 600 screws and bolts that go into each motorcycle and how their tightening torque and positioning influence handling and reliability
- Lightweight, high-rigidity and high-precision fracture-split (FS) conrods and how they improve engine reliability and performance at high rpm
- LED headlights meticulously developed for low weight, ideal positioning and shape in order to provide not only illumination of nighttime roads, but also contribute to handling and aerodynamic efficiency
What Kind of Rider Do You Want to Be?Lifestyle Exhibit: Scooters and Cruisers
Exhibition Period: August to November 2017
The Lifestyle Display Area on the 1st floor features displays of various Yamaha products set in attractive or familiar scenes symbolic of our desire to deliver Kando and a more fulfilling lifestyle to people everywhere.
The theme for the Lifestyle Display Area from August is “the allure of life on two wheels.” Freely navigating and zipping through city streets, the fashionable 50cc Vino scooter is all about transforming a short 5 km trip from home into an adventure. Does that strike your fancy? Or does the Star Venture cruiser’s massive 1,900cc engine, cutting-edge technologies and a chassis designed for comfortable long-distance tours draw your interest?
This lifestyle display allows you to step onto the stage, decorated with riding apparel and backgrounds in the image of where and how these two models are intended to be used. Feel free to hop on and strike a pose for a snapshot!