Check Out The New Yamaha YPJ-R Road E-BikeDecember 6, 2017
Yamaha has announced the introduction of its new lightweight electric road bike, the YPJ-R, which is now on sale in Japan for £2,050, and likely won’t ever be exported elsewhere.
The bike features a 240W Yamaha PW series mid-drive electric motor and is paired with a slim, lightweight, 25V/2.4Ah/60Wh battery. A second battery, which obviously doubles the range of the bike, is available for £178, and the bike’s battery doubles as a dual-port phone charger. Offered in at least two sizes, the YPJ-R weighs in at less than 34 lbs, which is approximately 20 lbs lighter than the average electric bike. True to its road bike roots, the bike uses the 22-speed Shimano 105 system to handle shifting, which is a well-respected STI groupset that road cyclists are quite familiar with.
The YPJ-R offers three different power modes: High, with a range of 9 miles; Standard, with a range of 14 miles; and Eco, which offers a range of 30 miles. On Yamaha’s Japanese-language website, they disclose that they’ve had some testers who were able to notch 36 miles of range with the YPJ-R, likely by using power selectively, perhaps only while climbing hills.