Here’s a baffling, secret patent drawing that’s been filed by Yamaha – and we’ve not got a clue what it’s for, but we figure that you might be able to suss it out.

A right position lamp (310R) and a left position lamp (310L) are arranged at a cover member (70). A front cover member (71) of the cover member (70) extends upward and rearward from a position further forward than an intake opening in a vehicle side view, and extends upward, rightward and leftward from a position in front of the intake opening (72o) in a vehicle front view. A right groove (73a) is formed to be located at a position further rightward than the intake opening (72o) and to extend rightward, and is concave or indented towards an inside of a vehicle (100). A left groove (73a) is formed to be located at a position further leftward than the intake opening (72o) and to extend leftward, and is concave or indented towards an inside of the vehicle (100). The right position lamp (310R) and the left position lamp (310L) are provided below the front cover member (71) and above the respective right and left grooves (73a). [image]

What has happened is this; the Yamaha factory has filed for a patent on a new headlight and bodywork assembly and within the depths (like, 20 pages into the patent) of this very detailed patent surrounding tweaks and turns in the nose of a future model lies this drawing of the side of the bike – which looks like an R1 (kind of) but with a split exhaust exiting on the side opposite to where the exhaust is on the current bike. We’ve surrounded the split pipe with a red circle, on the patent it’s featured as a partially dotted outline showing the routing behind bodywork and chassis.

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