The Japan Mobility Show (formerly known as the Tokyo Motor Show) will take place later this month, and the "Big Four" Japanese motorcycle manufacturers, Honda, Kawasaki, Suzuki, and Yamaha, have all provided a brief preview of some of the exhibits they will put on display. There will be a few more surprises (Kawasaki already promised five more "world premieres", and there will likely be more from the others as well), but here's a photo gallery of what we know will be there.
The Honda Pocket Concept is another take on the "suitcase scooter" concept originated with the Motocompo and recently revived by Honda with the Motocompacto. The notable detail about the Pocket is that it is made of recycled acrylic resin to demonstrate the concept of "resource circulation" and environmental sustainability.
Yes, this is a car, but there's a reason we're mentioning it here. The SUSTAINA-C Concept and the Pocket Concept are a package deal, both made with the same recycled resin material. Their symbiotic relationship echoes that of the similar-looking Honda City car from the early '80s that was sold with the Motocompo.
Suzuki has made several alternative-energy Burgmans over the year, but the Mobility Show will see the debut of its first hydrogen-combustion version. The "test model" is based on the Burgman 400 but with a hydrogen engine and a 70MPa tank.
It's not technically a motorcycle, but the MOQBA mobility device does have a saddle you can ride. The MOQBA has four legs, each with its own wheel, allowing it to roll on flat surfaces and climb up steps. The MOQBA can also transform, shifting between Chair, Standing, and Stretcher modes.
The TMW is Yamaha's first leaning multi-wheeler designed to be ridden offroad. The chassis is based on the TW200, but with two front wheels using a similar LMW linkage like the Niken or Tricity. The linkage allows for the mounting of a carrier rack that stays level with the ground when the bike is leaned over. An added twist: the TMW is a hybrid, with a gas-powered rear wheel and electric hub motors driving the two front wheels.
The electric Tricera offers three-wheel steering, with the rear wheel also turning, providing a different steering dynamic than the Slingshot. The rear wheel also has a manual steering mode for more skilled drivers.