Honda and Yamaha in talks to work together on range of bikes – yeah, really.
An announcement has found its way to us from Japan which says that the two companies have started discussions toward an ‘alliance’ that will see Honda providing engines for certain Yamahas.
So far, the only bikes that have been included in the discussions are the Japanese ‘Class-1’ bikes which includes scooters with a 50cc engine or electric motor.
The timescale for the team-up is planned to happen before the end of 2018. Whilst this is currently only about the smallest motorcycles in the domestic market, there’s surely some chance of this proposal to cut production costs and advance tech in the electric-motor sector being spread to other, larger motorcycles on the horizon.
Here’s the actual outline for the proposal from Honda and Yamaha directly, what follows is in the official company-speak of the pair of factories so it’s a bit waffly, but you can see how serious they are from the way the plan is laid out in the following statement: