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        This Yamaha concept bike is operated with the rider’s forearms

        Yes, you read that right
        by Matthew Galang Aug 26, 2021
        PHOTO: Noemi Napolitano
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        Concept bikes these days are either realistic and doable, or avant-garde and striking. The Yamaha Double Y Concept falls into the latter category with its unconventional and innovative design.

        Dubbed the Double Y for ‘Yamaha’ and ‘Youth,’ this concept was developed by Italian design student Noemi Napolitano in partnership with the Japanese manufacturer. Napolitano conceived the bike as a youth-focused model that blends cutting-edge styling cues with practicality and ease of use.

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        Where on this outlandish contraption would ease of use come in, you ask? Napolitano drew inspiration from the human body for the bike’s design and riding position. Instead of steering the bike conventionally, the Double Y is operated with the rider’s forearms. This approach relieves the wrists of having to support the rider’s body weight, and allows for more relaxed ergonomics.

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        On standby, the forearm supports/handlebars fold into the bodywork for a cleaner parked look and better bike security.

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        Rider-essential information will be displayed via the rectangular screen mounted on the faux gas tank. The electronics package has yet to be specified due to the bike’s conceptual nature, but Napolitano stresses that its features should be easily accessible and understandable for new users.

        Claimed seat height is at 800mm (31.4in), which makes this vision of the future relatively accessible to not-so-tall riders. Propulsion will likely be courtesy of an electric powertrain, as is the case with many concept bikes.

        Will we be seeing models like Napolitano’s design thesis out on the roads soon? Probably not. But concepts like this one give a good glimpse at how far electric vehicles can push the boundaries of the two-wheeled form.

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        PHOTO: Noemi Napolitano

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