This has been going on for a few years with Yamaha, cautiously treading water with their VMax replacement. I don't know what they're thinking over at there, but there's only so much salivating over a tasty dish that people will tolerate before losing their appetite. You don't see other bike manufacturers like Kawasaki and Harley Davidson baiting the public with would-be designs. The element of surprise is very appealing here and once that wears off, the design starts to become a little stale and the desirability of the bike wanes just a little. Build it or get off the pot Yamaha!
I've been sittin' around diddling my ***** for long enough over this bike, as mouthwatering as it is they seem to enjoy keeping it a concept so I've already decided to get a Rocket III. At least I can finally stop diddling my *****, it gets old after a while...
I've owned 2 (88 & 93). Although I work at a Ducati shop I will buy the new one when released. They are not a practical bike (that's what my K bike is for), but they are a blast if you know how their character works.
According to Yamaha rumor the scoops work on this bike. Ugly is pretty strong word from a guy who probably never liked the orginal anyway. For me, once the seat is added and the refinements are made, it is a better looking bike than the original.
It's absolutely great (with the exception of the 'scoops,' I'd like mine body color.)
That is, until the eye reaches that gawd-awful tail section. I see the Giger reference, too - I'm afraid a bazillion baby spiders are about to pop out of that hideous bulge.
And why no monoshock? Packaging room issues? If necessary, a little more wheelbase would only save customers from having to lengthen the swingarm themselves, if the comments from prior owners about intended usage are any indication...
Is Giger really a current aesthetic trend? Isn't that over? I'd rather have 50-year-old retro aesthetic that's authentically moto-referential (H-D, Triumph, Ducati) than a 20-year-old dated aesthetic from a freakin' sci-fi flick.
It looks much better than the last V-Max concept floated over a year ago. I would like to see more of these cruiser-sportbikes (a la Griso) on the market. I'm sure it accelerates - as long as it handles and brakes, too, it's a contender.