Yamaha shows new XS-V1 Sakura motorcycle

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Yamaha will reveal this new prototype retro motorcycle at the Tokyo Motor Show next week.

The Yamaha XS-V1 Sakura is designed to hark back to the firm’s first four-stroke machine, the 650cc XS-1 of 1970, but is fitted with a new 1000cc Yamaha air-cooled V-twin.

The bike shows Yamaha is following in the footsteps of Honda, which will also use Tokyo to reveal its retro-styled Honda CB1100F and R models – also using air-cooled motors, albeit four-cylinder designs, and featuring the looks of Honda‘s 1970s bikes.

Officially a prototype, rather than a concept, there’s a hint that the Yamaha XS-V1 could become a production machine in the future. It doesn’t feature the wacky design of many concept machines, and might easily be given the green light if there’s a positive reaction to the prototype. Only the odd-looking headlight, slimline dash and over-styled brake discs look difficult to be turned into production parts.

Look out for more news from Tokyo in next week’s MCN, out Wednesday October 24.

Ben Purvis

By Ben Purvis