As big fans of moto-trials and having a few kids electric trials bikes in the Watts in Wheels shed, we are very excited to see Yamaha’s all-new TY-E electric trials bike concept.
Due to take part in the 2018 FIM Trial-E Cup, the TY-E is currently a works machine only. However you can be pretty sure this one will come to market , perhaps as early as 2019.
It’s a rather exotic piece of electric motorcycle. The TY-E weighs in at under 70kg thanks to a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) monocoque frame. The bike is powered by a “high rotation-type compact electric motor” , but most interestingly the bike will adopt a hydraulic mechanical clutch. Even though electric motors don’t run continuously like petrol engines, so don’t strictly need clutches, using one will inevitably give an extra layer of control to the rider.
The TY-E will appear at the two-round FIM Trial-E Cup this year. The first event is at Auron in France on July 14-15, the second in Belgium – at Comblain au Pont – on July 20-21. Yamaha rider Kenichi Kuroyama will ride the sole TY-E at both rounds.