In 2010 Honda patented in the United States a first concept of hybrid bike with base Goldwing that has caused a huge stir. Yamaha and KTM also tested and although the idea comes from far away, it seems that no manufacturer dares to bring to the series.

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In that first hybrid Honda Goldwing, patentedby Kaoru Hanwa and Takashi Tsutsumizaki, had replaced the usual six-cylinder engine for a four-cylinder boxer plus an electric motor/generator that is fed through a battery located behind the combustion engine.

The basic concept that Honda marketed since 2009 in the car Insight it makes the most sense of the world on a motorcycle as the Goldwing. The torque of the electric motor helps to combustion engine in acceleration, so that you get a similar amount of power consumption with a substantially lower. Moreover, a size of the Goldwing motorcycle can digest without much trouble the weight (and space) of the battery which powers the electric motor, something that would not be a smaller bike.

But Honda project is not the only one. Yamaha also presented in the United States introduced two years earlier, a patent on a hybrid bike has been developed on a TMAX 1st generation, incorporating a new transmission system capable of distributing power from the electric motor/generator and combustion unit internal to the rear wheel.

The Japanese company had announced in 2005 its intention to develop its first hybrid car on the Gen-Ryu Concept presented at the Tokyo Motor Show. The Gen-Ryu rode on the engine of 600 cc of R6 with 130 HP together with an electric motor/generator of 50 HP to your level of performance was similar to that of a 1,000. In 2009, this project became the HV-X with a single-cylinder 250 cc and 15 hp together with an electric motor 15 hp also, according to Yamaha, could be produced in series immediately with the available technology.

KTM was a bit further away in a year before the patent for a hybrid off-road bike with two-wheel drive based on the Adventure of raids. In this case, the internal combustion engine is responsible for moving the rear wheel through a conventional transmission, while the electric motor power sent to the front wheel and storing energy during braking, another feature that cannot meet the bikes smaller as a result of its low weight.

While the small motorbikes and scooters seem intended to incorporate propulsion systems 100% electric, since in them the autonomy is not a major issue, the large motorcycles could be found in the hybrid systems a significant reduction in the consumption or an increase in autonomy. Although, for now, will have to wait.

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