A Yamaha motorcycle next to a reinforced plant-based resin created by Yamaha and Nippon Paper Industries. Media sourced from Yamaha and Yamaha's press eels.

Plant-Based Engine Resin for Yamaha Motorcycles?

New Cellulose Nanofiber (CNF) Reinforced Resin to Debut in 2024

Yamaha’s working on a new resin for their engines that will ramp up the sustainability initiative that was pledged back in 2019; it’s a plant-based, reinforced bit of blobby stuff that shows huge promise – and yes, we might see the stuff inside our own Team Blue engines after 2024.

Yamaha's Tenere 700. Media sourced from Yamaha's website.
Yamaha’s Tenere 700. Media sourced from Yamaha’s website.

According to a recent press release published by Yamaha on Businesswire, Yamaha’s teamed up with Nippon Paper Industries, a company focused on plant-based materials. Recent success in a multi-puropse waterproof cardboard has also resulted in the creation of a plant-derived cellulose nanofiber (CNF) reinforced resin for marine products – something that could also have great use in the two-wheeled sector.

The reinforced plant-based resin Yamaha plans on using for her Powersports engines. Media sourced from Yamaha's press release.
The reinforced plant-based resin Yamaha plans on using for her Powersports engines. Media sourced from Yamaha’s press release.

“Yamaha Motor is examining the utilization of this material not only in marine products but also in motorcycles and a wide range of other products in the future,” says the Japanese brand in a press release off BusinessWire.

“[We] will adopt plant-derived cellulose nanofiber (CNF) reinforced resin for marine products as an initiative toward reducing CO2 emissions and the Company’s environmental footprint.” 

The creation of CNF for the Powersports industry will be “the first practical use of the material for vehicle parts” – a pioneering first that Yammie is more than happy to splurge on, it seems.

Yamaha's headquarters. Media sourced from VisorDown.
Yamaha’s headquarters. Media sourced from VisorDown.

All the best in the continued efforts of this partnership from MBW; be sure to stay tuned as we continue forward toward 2023, drop a comment below letting us know what you think, and as always – stay safe on the twisties.

*Media sourced from Yamaha’s press release on BusinessWire, Yamaha’s website and VisorDown*

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