22 Oct 2012

Yamaha Moto Cage-Six Concept

The 21st century has seen massive growth in the extreme sports scene, both in terms of the number of people participating and also in the numbers of fans who follow it via social media and video sharing sites. Whether it's freestyle MX, downhill mountain biking, kite surfing or snowboarding, extreme sports have become more mainstream, and according to Yamaha, with it has come ‘a new look and a new attitude’.

The Yamaha Moto Cage-six concept bike has been inspired by the motorcycle stunt riding scene which has now become an integral part of the motorcycle sub-culture. Stunt riders like Mattie Griffin and Chesca Miles are now rightly seen as professional athletes, and stunt riding competitions and shows have started to attract huge interest.
Yamaha Moto Cage-Six Concept

The Moto Cage-six is equipped with heavy-duty metal tubes that accentuate the stunt-inspired look and also offer extra protection to the engine cases. Built for the urban jungle, Yamaha says it has been inspired by a new generation of riders who want a machine that complements their lifestyle. This also explains the sump guard/skid plate under the engine.

Featuring next generation colouring and graphics, and a large rear sprocket, the Moto Cage-six demonstrates Yamaha’s interpretation of contemporary trends to young free-thinking riders; top speed isn’t everything anymore!

From the photos, it looks like the Moto Cage-six designers have had a ball raiding Yamaha’s extensive parts bin - the front end of the bike and the wheels come straight from the MT-03, complete with the universal hand guards used on the MT and XT range of road bikes; the 4 cylinder powerplant would most likely have been donated from the XJ6, which itself uses a heavily detuned R6 engine.

I think if it ever made it into production this engine may not be the most suitable choice for the type of riding the Moto Cage-six would be used for, due to its high revving nature. Possibly the new triple cylinder engine Yamaha have been beavering away on for a while would be the best compromise; it would have plenty of grunt throughout the rev range, as well as keeping overall weight down on the machine.

I love the styling; Yamaha certainly know how to make eye-catching concept machines, and many of the ones that have later made it into production have barely changed – good examples of this are the MT-03 and recently retired MT-01. Watch this space!

Article by Angela Freeman