Yamaha 04Gen concept scooter
Yamaha 04Gen concept scooter

Yamaha scooter a swan or ugly duckling?

Yamaha has unveiled its 04Gen concept with swan-style transparent wings at the first Vietnam Motorcycle Show in Ho Chi Minh City.

It’s not a late April Fools’ Day joke, but the fourth concept model of Yamaha’s Gen series.

The 04Gen features a sculptured floating seat like the Vespa 946, a swan-shaped headlight and those amazing wings which flip up to expose the frame.

Vespa 946 scooter concep swan
Vespa 946

It’s one of the weird concepts Yamaha has been trotting out lately, including as leaning three- and four-wheeler leaning motorcycles, sports cars and even a robot self-riding motorcycle called Motobot.

There are no specs available on the 04G, but we know it’s not electric because it has a stylish muffler.

Up front it has an Ealses fork with twin shocks which is similar to the BMW Telelever suspension.

Another unusual feature are the disc brakes which are enclosed. Maybe that’s for aerodynamics, but it wouldn’t be good for cooling. It’s probably just a styling exercise.

In fact, the whole scooter looks more like a styling exercise than a serious attempt at a pre-production model.

However, the integration of a smartphone on the handlebars instead of an instrument pod shows  a trend for future motorcycles and scooters.

Yamaha 04Gen concept scooter swan
Smartphone instruments
  1. I look at this modern art deco scooter and I think, “It’s still designed like a 1946 Vespa. The shape is still basically the same.”
    Any scooter under 150cc, fair enough, but any scooter over that should, in my humble opinion, look like a motorcycle. 200cc, 250cc and up to 600cc!
    Some of those scooters are massive. They should have been made looking like the proverbial motorcycle.

  2. All Yammie had to do was paint it stripey yellow and black retro colours and call it the Japanese word for “wasp”. Maybe somebody wanted to but the legal department intervened.
    So much wheelbase and length but where do you store your helmet?
    When you put this next to their tilting trike, it could be the consequences of radiation leaks from Fukushima are only now becoming apparent.

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