Although it seems like an innovative idea, the reality is that Yamaha introduced its first turbocharged motorcycles in the 80s, then let them go and reinitiated this idea in 2017, but without releasing a specific model for series production.
According to reports last year, Yamaha filed a couple of patent applications for its upcoming turbocharged motorcycles, now the Japanese firm will include a turbo in a new segment and it will likely be seen as standard on MT models.
Yamaha already had a model with a turbocharger in the 80s with the XJ650, but it was not very successful due to its low reliability, higher fuel consumption, more complex maintenance and less control when accelerating due to the sudden entry of the turbo that made this model very difficult to pilot.
However, the Japanese firm hopes to reverse this trend with a design that places the turbocharger close to the exhaust manifold, a solution that would have a reasonable cost and would allow keeping engines compact, light and that the turbo input is more gradual, returning to the motorcycle much more controllable.
To achieve this and by looking at those designs, it is expected to work in two different configurations, one is placed the turbo inside the exhaust and another is near the exhaust manifold.
It seems incredible that it is a novelty that we are talking about an engine with a super charger, since these components are widely used in the automotive industry, but in the world of two wheels it has not been so explored yet and very few models and brands of motorcycles have implemented this element, but in recent years this piece has begun to be adopted by manufacturers.
Nowadays only Kawasaki offers motorcycles with a supercharger in the H2, H2R and H2 SX models and on the other hand Suzuki already has plans to include 700 cc with turbo in some of its models.
What is a reality is that the main Japanese brands are clear about their commitment to bringing better products that in turn comply with all anti-pollution regulations and Yamaha will not be left out.