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Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Highlights: What You Need to Know

Tokyo Motor Show 2015 Highlights: What You Need to Know

Tokyo’s eccentric nature and distinct charm have filtered directly into the Tokyo Motor Show, and frankly we wouldn’t have it any other way. On Japan’s biggest stage, many of the world’s foremost automotive players have come to impress, discuss, and shape how we’ll interact and navigate our way around in the future. We braved the sauna-like conditions on the floor to bring you these buttery otoro bites.

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Yamaha’s Motobot plans to unseat humans on superbikes

Yamaha’s Motobot plans to unseat humans on superbikes

You've seen self-driving cars before. How about self-driving motorbikes? While autonomous cars can practically be considered robots themselves, Yamaha's latest spectacle actually has a robot driving a motorbike. So yea, no room for human riders. Dubbed the Motobot, because what else would you call it, Yamaha's creation still uses training wheels at the moment and drives at a rather safe speed. But the company hopes that the robot will soon learn how to fulfill its prime objective, which the robot itself ominously says is to surpass humans.

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Yamaha’s new Silent Guitars are electric, boast acoustic sound

Yamaha’s new Silent Guitars are electric, boast acoustic sound

This summer, Yamaha debuted its new line of SLG200 Silent Guitars in the United States, and they’re now shipping to customers. The guitars feature a sleek body with an open design and integrated technology that produces sounds akin to “a full-bodied acoustic guitar.” Yamaha is offering nylon and steel versions spanning three color options, all of which feature a headphone jack for plugging in the included earbuds (or your preferred headphones). When headphones are used, the guitars are nearly silent, allowing them to be used in shared living spaces, apartments, and other places where silence is necessary.

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Yamaha debuts MusicCast multi-room audio system with support for lossless formats

Yamaha debuts MusicCast multi-room audio system with support for lossless formats

Yamaha has just announced it's getting into the multi-room audio system market with its new MusicCast system, complete with support for several lossless music formats. The company says it is introducing MusicCast with integration into more than 20 products, including all but one of their receivers for 2015, along with sound bars, monitors, and speakers. The system will support streaming from a number of sources via WiFi and Bluetooth.

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Yamaha Reface reboots classic synths for mobile

Yamaha Reface reboots classic synths for mobile

Yamaha has put four of its classic synths through the shrink-ray, coming up with the Reface series of portable keyboards intended for on-the-go noodling. Each of the four new models targets a very different style, from the reface DX that's inspired by the DX7 - the sounds from which are memorable from Toto's Africa - through the reface YC with the tones of Yamaha Combo organs from the 60s, the reface CP with electric piano sounds, and finally the reface CS, heading back to the synths of the mid-70s.

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Yamaha debuts new 2016 line-up of ATVs, Side-by-Sides

Yamaha debuts new 2016 line-up of ATVs, Side-by-Sides

Yamaha Motors announced its new line-up of ATV and Side-by-Side recreational vehicles for 2016. The company mentions that there are new models in a number of categories, including utility ATV, sport ATV, youth ATV and recreational Side-by-Side (SxS). This year also marks the company's 60th anniversary, so to celebrate they've produced a number of special editions in black and yellow, Yamaha's classic colors.

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Yamaha bike designers cook up some odd musical instruments

Yamaha bike designers cook up some odd musical instruments

Some people are advised to think out of the box in order to arrive at creative solutions to problems. Yamaha might have done exactly just that, almost literally, and without any real problem to solve. It has taken engineers and designers from its Yamaha Corporation, which makes musical instruments, and from its Yamaha Motor Company, which makes bikes, out of their respective work boxes and put them in each other's shoes. The goal: to come up with designs for the respective products that incorporate the sometimes incompatible ideas and thinking of another.

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2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M motorcycles unveiled

2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M motorcycles unveiled

The 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 and R1M motorcycles have been unveiled, the latter of the two being a limited edition model. With the R1 comes many bragging points, not the least of which is the new engine and 200 horsepower. A new chassis decks out the model, and if all goes as planned, Yamaha will be rolling out the machines in early 2015. Both models sport changes over the previous year, with the R1M building upon the solid foundation that is the 2015 R1.

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Yamaha 01Gen dual sport 3-wheeler debuts

Yamaha 01Gen dual sport 3-wheeler debuts

Three wheelers were common on the off-road scene in the 80s before the four-wheeler made its debut. Three-wheelers had a bad name as being unsafe and unstable thanks to the single wheel in the front. Eventually the three-wheeler went the way of the dodo for off-roading and quads become the norm. On the street, trikes, which are street legal three-wheelers, have been common for decades and over the last several years, a change has happened for street trikes where some moved to dual wheels in the front and a single rear drive wheel.

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