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Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« on: April 02, 2012, 04:20:06 am »
http://www.gizmag.com/yamaha-off-road-scooter-thai-motor-show/21978/


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Yamaha Thailand showed an interesting concept bike in Bangkok earlier this week. It's a scooter, but it has been ruggedized, given higher quality and longer travel suspension, extra luggage facility with provision for much more, and a vastly strengthened frame. Thailand's floods led to calls for a scooter with greater off-road capability, and Yamaha has delivered something that just might catch on.

Most of the world's scooter sales are in countries where unmade roads make up a significant proportion of the road network and road conditions are the speed limit.

The base scooter used in the TTX Adventure is the new Yamaha TTX 115i, a scooter with an automatic, fuel injected 115 cc motor with a sporting bent and a host of small changes that make it particularly suitable for customization.

Thailand sells around two million motorcycles per year, so finding a substantial niche in Thailand probably means finding similar niches in Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines - all similarly large motorcycle markets.

In Yamaha's press documentation for the new TTX, it reports, "Among young male Thai customers in their 20s, a new type of motorcycle culture has taken root where they enjoy customizing their motorcycles to suit their personalities or use them as tools for self-expression."


"The new TTX was mainly planned and developed by group company Yamaha Motor Asian Center Co., Ltd. (YMAC) in Thailand as a customer-oriented next-generation AT commuter model. Its exterior employs sporty and original styling based on a 'layered-structure' concept, special suspension, a wide rear tire (sized: 100/70-14) and more for a commuter model with a new flavor."

Hence Yamaha intends to be the first to offer ready-made customisation options, and the appearance of the TTX-based Adventure is likely to be the first of factory-made examples of what you can do with the blank canvas.

Last year, large tracts of Thailand were underwater for months, including many foreign factories located there. As luck would have it, Thailand's thriving capital city, Bangkok, is in the center of a flood plain. The resultant flooding problems put a large number of international manufacturing facilities offline, and the damage to local business must have been horrendous.


The Thais are a resilient lot, though, and the vitality of the Thai Motor Show bears testimony to that. Moreso, the Yamaha TTX concept indicates just how acutely aware motorcycle manufacturers are becoming to the local needs.

The amount of time during the floods that scooters had to spend on Thai roads which were both unmade and partially submerged, led to calls for scooters with greater off-road capabilities from the Yamaha dealer network, and Yamaha Thailand decided to test the market with the TTX Adventure based on the new TTX.


From discussing the model with Yamaha Public Relations staff on the stand, I gathered the distinct impression that the presence of the TTX Adventure is much more a testing of the need for a "dual-road scooter" than an Adventure scooter.

What a production version might look like is questionable. I seriously doubt that there's a large enough market for Adventure scooters, and while I'm a proponent of the "lighter weight and lower power" mindset, I cannot imagine a sound reason for choosing a scooter if I were going on an adventure. Personally, and I think I speak for 100 percent of motorcycle enthusiasts here, I'd be choosing something a little larger if I was heading off on a long road and wished to be kitted appropriately for all conditions.


With a bit of weight on board, I'd suggest the top speed of the TTX Adventure would be lower than the open road speed limit in many countries.

There's a reason why the capacity of adventure bikes is usually north of 1000 cc, and that's because you need to carry everything you need. Starting out on a scooter might jeopardize the whole adventure. It might do the job, but you'd be much more comfortable with a 250 cc motor or more.


Yamaha caters for this market already with two much larger machines in the XT1200Z Super Tenere Worldcrosser and I think the TTX Adventure is really a preview of a dual-purpose scooter with (maybe) ruggedized features.


Having traveled extensively through Asia, I have seen some of the most remarkable home engineering efforts that began life as scooters, that I think Yamaha's new fuel-injected TTX is being pitched as a base machine for the hundreds of thousands of customization projects and custom-built commercial two and three wheelers.

One of the barriers to customization in general, and for off-road application in particular, is the removal of the headlight nacelle from the handlebars, which makes a TTX a great starting base. Having the Adventure as such a base, with its better suspension, external protection and economical engine, but without the luggage, would be ideal for so many projects.


The TTX uses Yamaha's YMJET-FI (Yamaha Mixture Jet-Fuel Injection), which has an auxiliary air intake passage besides the main passage that Yamaha claims offers "more efficient mixing of the air and fuel that helps improve fuel economy in the practical use range." Honda introduced fuel injection to this class in Thailand four years ago and has been doing very well with its PGM-FI (Programmed Fuel Injection) scooters.

No details were available on the machine, but apart from the braced frame, the TTX Adventure clearly has significantly upgraded, longer travel suspension and a set of trials universal tires designed to give reliable traction on muddy, potholed roads.

Like all successful organisms, the scooter is adapting and may soon be able to go where less adapted members of the species fear to tread. There are a lot more detail images in the image library.

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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #1 on: April 02, 2012, 05:16:29 am »
Oom Dan can strut - I think that this will fly. The other brands will follow quickly. :thumleft:
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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #2 on: April 02, 2012, 06:22:36 am »
Yeah I like it.. :thumleft:
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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #3 on: April 02, 2012, 06:27:29 am »
I would get one if I lived in Malaysia.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #4 on: April 02, 2012, 06:29:46 am »
Great scoot. Motor a bit small for us. 250cc would have been better.
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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2012, 07:15:33 pm »
I think this will do awesome! I love it!  :thumleft:
Check the detail, like frame and rear wheel brace!

I recon this will be put into production!  ;D
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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #6 on: October 04, 2012, 07:25:11 pm »
Naaise - my wife would love one
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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #7 on: October 04, 2012, 07:42:05 pm »
I see nothing!! Is the thing perhaps in camo? :imaposer:

Perhaps school laaities can now do adventure. In perfect reliability.

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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #8 on: October 04, 2012, 07:44:31 pm »
Looks cool.   :thumleft:
I wonder if the Asian chick can be worked into the deal.  :mwink:
 

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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #9 on: October 04, 2012, 09:01:16 pm »
Lekka scoot. Now bring it in a 450 then we can go to the amageza with it  :mwink:
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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #10 on: October 04, 2012, 09:15:03 pm »
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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #11 on: October 04, 2012, 09:24:35 pm »
Ha ha, and if you  need to stand, pegs on the front wheel!!! Lekka stoppies :thumleft:
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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #12 on: October 04, 2012, 09:28:54 pm »
Lekka scoot. Now bring it in a 450 then we can go to the amageza with it  :mwink:
A 58hp WR motor with a cvt drive, this will put those frame braces to work to keep everithing strait with the power on.
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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #13 on: October 05, 2012, 06:04:16 am »
That looks awesome!
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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #14 on: October 05, 2012, 07:16:29 am »
Imagine rocking up at Oasis with this thing.
Been to Thailand a couple of times and almost always end up hiring a scooter to get around there. It is quite the norm for them to put knobblies on the scooters. I suppose it is because their roads are so kak over there. You don't see that on our scooters.
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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #15 on: October 05, 2012, 07:31:27 am »
I am not a scooter fan at all, but that one I would buy just for fun. :biggrin: :biggrin:

 

 

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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #16 on: October 05, 2012, 07:49:59 am »
defintiely cool.
i'd buy one.
 

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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #17 on: October 05, 2012, 08:24:55 am »
Those panniers look a little bit small.

You can fit a sixpack in the one, and 2 rolls of toilet paper in the other.

But it looks like the perfect counter to the current bigger,taller,heavier  trend in bikes.
 

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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #18 on: October 05, 2012, 09:00:24 am »
Just goes to show that you can turn any bike into an "Adventure" bike by simply adding:

1) Knobblies
2) Spots
3) Aluminium Panniers

A suitable paint job helps as well  :thumleft: :biggrin:

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Re: Yamaha TTX Adventure Scooter - Awesome or WTF?
« Reply #19 on: October 05, 2012, 10:12:52 am »
Just goes to show that you can turn any bike into an "Adventure" bike by simply adding:

1) Knobblies
2) Spots
3) Aluminium Panniers Vanity cases

A suitable paint job helps as well  :thumleft: :biggrin:



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