Yamaha will use the prototype of the new electric power steering system on its YZ450FM and YZ250F motocross bikes.
Yamaha has announced that it is working on new motorcycle technology that could change the riding dynamics of motorcycles in the future. The YZF-R1 manufacturer recently presented a first prototype of the Electric Power Steering (EPS) system, which is expected to go into production within the next few years. Yamaha has also informed that the new power steering technology will first make its official debut on the company’s MX series of bikes.
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The first prototype of Yamaha’s power steering uses a torque sensor, magnetic technology and an actuator. All of these come together to provide low-speed steering assist input as well as high-speed steering damper benefits. The company said its new system can provide riders with better stability and reduce fatigue at high speeds by assisting steering, allowing the rider to turn using less force. According to Yamaha, this assisted response system also offers a completely natural feel.
Yamaha tested its new power steering with Australian rider Jay Wilson. Wilson currently works for the Yamaha factory team and competes with the All Japan Yamaha factory race team. The brand also announced that all of its Japan Motocross Championship YZ450FM and YZ250F motocross racers will soon be equipped with this new steering system.
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The YZF-R1 builder is currently testing the magnetostrictive torque-sensing system on its e-bikes. However, rolling out EPS to its Japan Motocross Championship YZ450FM and YZ250F motocross bikes will help the company get real-world development data. Needless to say, this data will be used to further refine the system for road biking in the future.
Date of first publication: April 19, 2022, 3:56 PM IST