It’s been months since we first told you about Yamaha’s plans for a leaning, three-wheeled V-Max – to be honest, we’re still reeling from the idea – but this week there’s been a development.

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Yamaha has filed a raft of new patent designs for the 1,674cc leaning bike with the designs going through a patent office one week ago.

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And what that means is that we can now see much more detail to the idea. Yes, the bike is still going to look virtually identical to the iconic V-Max (apart from it’s two front wheels) but the way it leans into corners, and the way the current three-wheeler Niken from Yamaha leans, are completely different.

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With the new designs filed, it’s clear that Yamaha is still investing time, effort and cash into the leaning V-Max idea. Whether the bike ever makes it to production, or even as far as prototype stage is unclear, we’ve certainly seen a lot of these ‘out there’ ideas before that haven’t gone any further in the real world.

But right now, as of this week, the leaning Yamaha V-Max is still alive as a project and the designs are being protected by the factory.

What do you reckon to this? Would you buy a leaning V-Max? 

Tony Carter

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