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New concept bike - Yamaha WorldCrosser

Would anyone want to ride this beast...

WorldCrosser Concept Bike

Note that it doesn't even come with a pillion seat!
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It looks like Yamaha's answer to a BMW HP2.

I believe the Ducati 916 sportsbike didn't have a pillion seat either. A humorous reason given was that "with a 916 you don't need friends".

Looks very shiney. Do they do a version with stick-on-able mud?
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I like it!
It looks very nice, very fast,and very shiny!
And the price will also be very high(for some people) i think.
But it is good for ktm to have some competicion.
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Looks nice enough but it is just a blinged up Super Ten. I travel a lot and haven`t seen one on the road yet as they are too expensive. Maybe they think if they offer this blinged up version for, say, 25K it will make the standard bike look more reasonable.
They will be wrong.
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It says at the bottom it's a concept bike that will never be put in production, and is intended to inspire riders of the super tenere 1200 wanting to kit it out with tat.


As far as I'm concerned any bike manufacturer that would label their bike a 'crosser' is going way wrong somewhere. Very definately a chav term. "I like yer crosser mate, well nice innit bruv" etc etc
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It is what it is. I shows me that the stylists at Yamaha are just like those at BMW, KTM etc. They start with a cartoon of what someone who travels to work by Tube thinks it should be like in this seasons colours, add the latest trendy bits (those brake discs are pad life destroying bling) and then think of some buzz words (Crosser makes me think of blokes in dresses!) to say what a good looking bike it is. This is as much Art as a pickled sheep or a Harley with a Muriel painted on every surface (or a pickled Harley for that matter). Treat it as what it is and don't confuse it with the long distance tool you want them to make.

Bikes as tools are too small a market. Take it as a good thing that Yamaha want their artists to push this segment of the market towards the weekend warriors. So long as they buy hundreds of the things there will be a supply of low milage spares. So long as people buy the Tenere and try and take it into the desert, Yamaha engineers seem to be able to keep it usable once we've stripped off the rubbish.

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As long as companies keep thinking that to make a true overlander you have to keep adding stuff on, rather than taking stuff off, then the offerings will always be more of a popularity pitch than a truly utilitarian option for the micro niche that is the overlanding (as opposed to adventiure style) market.

If it piques some 10/12 owner's interest, then great. It looks very impressive and would no doubt be a great road bike but isn't my cup of tea, personally.
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Crosser makes me think of blokes in dresses!
Classic!

To me all the shiny plastic bits makes what might be a nice bike underneath look cheap. Plus my missus would never let me buy a bike she couldn't sit on the back of (no pillion seat), that would be grounds for divorce!
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As long as companies keep thinking that to make a true overlander you have to keep adding stuff on, rather than taking stuff off, then the offerings will always be more of a popularity pitch
Exactly!
"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away." - Antoine de St-Exupéry
Absolutely true, I found, for an over-landing bike.

It's just that I couldn't get it to work for the luggage I carried!
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Is it possible to "cross" a round object like the world?

Sadly, no one will ever know as in their own words:

*The Yamaha Worldcrosser is a concept bike displayed at Intermot to inspire adventure world travelers and will not go into production.

Consider yourselves inspired.
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