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The Yamaha OR2T Prototype Is Four Wheels Of Pure Excitement

By Victor Baker


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Yamaha OR2T Prototype

The company’s MWT-9 three-wheeled concept was turning heads at the 44th Tokyo Motor Show last week, so it seems odd as well as interesting for Yamaha to discreetly introduce the OR2T prototype, which is even more impressive than the MWT-9.

This bike, if you could call it that way, has four wheels and a complex suspension technology evolving from the innovative 2007 Tesseract concept model, which was revealed at the 2007 Tokyo Show.

Since then, several other bike manufacturers have accepted the challenge to build four wheeled motorcycles, with Swiss company Quadro and French automaker Peugeot joining the club with unique 4-wheeled bikes. Interestingly enough, the Italian Studio Marabese Design have conceived all three different front suspension setups.

Yamaha OR2T Prototype

By comparison, the Yamaha OR2T development prototype brings forth a new suspension arrangement. Instead of having suspension units on each wheel controlled centrally by a swing arm, this four wheeled bike comes with a vertical arm per wheel, connecting it to its own independent shock absorber and linkage, so there are two shocks, one for each wheel.

Powering the Yamaha OR2T project is the same unit found in the MT-09 triple, so there’s nothing new there to talk about here. What we can say with certainty is that Yamaha now has two different LMW technologies in development, making our choice that much more difficult.

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About Victor Baker

Victor is our go-to associate editor for anything with four wheels – and more! With over a decade of experience in automotive journalism, his expertise spans from classic cars to the latest in electric vehicle technology. Beyond vehicles, he has broadened his editorial reach to cover a wide range of topics, from technology and travel to lifestyle and environmental issues. Learn more about Luxatic's Editorial Process.

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