Video: Yamaha PES1 Electric Motorcycle Takes to the Track

Yamaha PES1 Electric Motorcycle Video

A few weeks ago, Yamaha rolled out a fully electric motorcycle “ecosystem” that could, in theory, take a motorcycle rider “from the cradle to the grave” without burning a single drop of oil. Among the scooters, pee-wees, and dirtbikes, however, there was one critical question that Yamaha had to answer before said ecosystem could really be taken seriously. It was about the PES1 electric sport bike, and it was, simply: How does it ride?

Yamaha, it seems, anticipated the question well enough in advance to provide an answer. Check out the video, below, showing a Yamaha test-rider putting the PES1 electric motorcycle through its paces.

I think that settles that, no?

In skilled hands, it seems like Yamaha’s PES1 will be a Holy terror on a twisty road- and the tighter the turns are, the better the narrow, torquey electric motorcycle is likely to be. When it pulls up next to the Ducati Diavels at the local Hooters on bike night, the V-twin riders may make their jokes, but the PES1 rider could always point to the 4″ wide chicken strips on the Duc and win that game.

The only thing we need to know about Yamaha’s electric motorcycle program now is: Will it happen? What do you think, readers- will the Yamaha PES1’s milled aluminum chassis, carbon fiber fenders, and slick, LED lights make it to production as-is, or will we get a watered-down version with hefty steel tubes and plastic panels? Lets us know your predictions in the comments, below.


Source | Video: Yamaha.

Jo Borrás

I've been in the auto industry 1997, and write for a number of blogs in the IM network. You can also find me on Twitter, at my Volvo fansite, out on two wheels, or chasing my kids around Oak Park, IL.