Honda, Yamaha collaborate to make small-size scootersHonda Motor and Yamaha Motor has declared that the two organizations have begun discussions toward a conceivable business partnership in the Japanese business sector in the “Class-1 category which incorporate bikes with a 50 cc engine or electric engine.

Road Vehicles Act of Japan defines Class-1 category as “vehicles equipped with two or more wheels and an engine with total displacement of 50 cc or less or an electric motor with rated output of 0.60 kW or less.”

Shinji Aoyama/Operating Officer and Director, Honda Motor said “Through this collaboration with Yamaha, we will continue to offer Class-1 category products that go beyond the expectations of our customers. With that, we will devote all of our efforts to revitalize the motorcycle market in Japan and establish a market environment that enables the popularization of electric motorcycles at the earliest possible timing.”

Honda, Yamaha to make small-size scooters
Honda Tact

The coordinated effort to concentrate on Honda supplying 50 cc bike models to Yamaha as an OEM (original equipment manufacturer), that are created in view of the Honda TACT and Giorno, 50 cc bike models Honda as of now delivers and offers in Japan, before the end of 2018. Yamaha will offer these models as relating models of the Yamaha JOG and Vino.

Honda and Yamaha are currently developing, producing and selling 50 cc business scooter models for the Japanese market, namely the Honda BENLY and Yamaha GEAR, respectively. The two organizations will investigate the attainability of the joint improvement and OEM supply from Honda to Yamaha of a next-generation version of these business bike models.

With the end goal of further promoting electric cruisers for the most part in the Class-1 classification in Japan, the two organizations will investigate conceivable coordinated effort in the territory of building up the establishment important to deliver different issues applicable to electric bikes, for example, range, charging time, execution and expense.

Katsuaki Watanabe/Managing Executive Officer and Director, Yamaha Motor said “We believe that our collaborative activities, which will start with an OEM alliance, will go beyond the framework of a mere product supply alliance and carve out a future motorcycle culture in Japan.”


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