Yamaha Shows Unusual 04GEN Scooter Concept

Yamaha has chosen the very first Vietnam Motorcycle Show in Ho Chi Minh City this weekend to unveil one of the most unusual designs we’ve ever seen from the company.

The 04GEN is a scooter concept, and if you were to read through the media releases (don’t bother - I’ve done it for you!) you’d understandably be baffled by the language.

Yamaha says the 04GEN was “designed based on the RUN-WAY concept, which evokes the image of women with an air of dignified elegance and grace in mind and body.”

The “RUN” in the philosophy stands for “Revolutionary, Unique, Noble”.

The press release goes on to say “it’s a new scooter that wonderfully showcases the beautifully-engineered interior structure through its delicate exterior parts” and the exterior is “designed in the motif of a swan”.


Yamaha has designed the scooter with translucent plastic panels to show the structure of the machine that is normally hidden under panel work.

In the concept vehicle the tinted panels lift to give access to the rear of the scooter, and the panels have been described as insect wings, or more elegantly as swan wings.
No mention is made of any technical details of the scooter, just its design philosophy.

The Asian market is very important to the Japanese manufacturers, and unveiling the scooter concept in Vietnam suggests it would target the Asian market first.

But a close look at the photos of the concept show us two interesting things that hint at Yamaha’s future technical direction.

The first is that even though it looks like there’s a disc brake caliper on the front wheel, the disc itself is fully enclosed. The second is that Yamaha seems to be using a smartphone for the instrumentation.

It would be a fairly good guess that the concept has been built to gain feedback from the market, and a production version may be well off, if at all.

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Steve McDowall

Steve is the team’s motorcycle writer and contributes to the podcast each week. He started his “on air” career as a guest on 4BC where he met Joel, and has been with Behind the Wheel now for over 6 years. Steve’s fascination for anything with wheels and an engine started as a child and even though he still loves his cars, he found his true passion was with motorcycles. He is also an accredited rider trainer, consultant and coach. Check out Steve’s website – motorcyclelife.com.au

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