Japan's famed motorcycle manufacturers are unveiling a range of new two-wheel vehicles at the Tokyo Motor Show, which opens to the public at the Makuhari Messe Convention Complex on Saturday.
Honda, Suzuki and Yamaha -- the three biggest names in the global industry -- will be showing off their cutting-edge technology, although many foreign makers have opted to skip this year's event due to the economic downturn.
Honda says its display will feature "products filled with creativity and dreams." The company has six vehicles making their world premieres at the show, including the CB1100, equipped with an air-cooled, four-cylinder engine, and the VFR1200F sport touring bike.
Living up to the exhibition's commitment to increasingly environment-friendly technology in the auto sector, Honda will also show off its PCX, a global scooter equipped with an idle stop function and outstanding fuel economy, as well as the EVE-neo electric-powered scooter.
Yamaha Motor Co. is taking "The art of Engineering" as the theme for its booth at the 12-day show, and has high hopes for its new fuel-injected SR400 bike. The original design dates back to 1978 and it has become a firm favorite among riders.
The newest version has undergone a series of improvements and has evolved in ways that deepen the SR character while staying true to the original product concept, the company said. The new fuel-injected engine gives it impressive performance but enables it to retain the lightweight design.
Another item on display will be the second generation of the VMAX, which has undergone the first full model change since it was first let loose on Japan's roads in 1985. Powered by a 1,679cc engine, the bike is based on an aluminum frame and benefits from new styling.
Yamaha has also devised vehicles that bridge the gap between motorcycle and bicycle, with the PAS electro-hybrid bike driven by human pedaling power assisted by an electric motor. The new PAS er is a prototype that applies the electric motor that assists the rider to both the front and rear wheels.
The last of the Big Three Japanese makers taking part is Suzuki, which will be displaying the Gladius 400 ABS, a stylish two-wheeler named after the sword wielded by gladiators in ancient Rome and driven by a 400-cubic-cm V-twin engine.
Alongside the Gladius will be the Boulevard 400, a cruiser with aggressive bikini-cowled looks and long, flowing body lines and inverted front forks. Suzuki will also be showing a GSV-R raving bike and the Bandit 1250F ABS, a fully faired tourer that builds on the reputation the Bandit series has already developed.
Tokyo Motor Show
Press Days: October 21 and 22
Special Guest Day: October 23
Public Days:October 24 - November 4
10 am to 6 pm on weekdays
9:30 am to 7 pm on weekends
Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex, Mihama-Ku, Chiba City, 261-0023, Japan.
Advance tickets, Y1,100 (€8.10) for adults, Y500 (€3.70) for children
Tickets at the door, Y1,300 (€9.60) for adults, Y600 (€4.40) for children
Tel. +81 43 296 7711