yamaha what's new news release
releases new PAS Star Cross 26-inch
Electro-hybrid bicycle with
sporty, sophisticated design
|On March 1, 1997, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.
releases on the Japanese market the PAS Star Cross, a new
version of its PAS electro-hybrid bicycle series which
has won fans of all ages as a personal commuter that
expands mobility in everyday life. Adopting the cross
frame that is the trend today among casual bicycles and a
front suspension into a sporty, sophisticated design, the
new Star Cross joins Yamaha's PAS lineup at the basic
unit price of 112,000 yen (approx. US$970).
The addition of the Star Cross model brings the PAS
lineup to six models in nine variations. This model was
developed jointly with Bridgestone Cycle Co., Ltd.
Remark: This model will be marketed only in Japan and no
exports are planned at present.
Yamaha PAS Star Cross
the product development
Since its dramatic debut in 1994, the Yamaha PAS series
has continued to win popularity as a convenient means of
personal transportation for daily life.
As its use spreads beyond personal commuting with the
recognition of its potential in the leisure and wellness
fields, Yamaha has received many requests from the users
for a sportier model.
The new PAS Star Cross debuts as a model that answers
this market demand.
At the same time it is a model that embodies the
expansion of electro-hybrid bicycles with the new concept
of the "Fun-minded PAS" with a range of
features devoted to fun and the sporty use.
Main product features
(I%(BTrendy cross frame
This model adopts the cross frame that has become the
trend in casual street bicycles, especially among the
younger generation. The body line features simple, sporty
sophistication and puts the rider in a more sports-like
A lightweight, simple, high-performance spring loaded
front suspension is adopted. Besides softening the shock
of bumps in the road, this suspension also absorbs the
unpleasant vibration that is transmitted through the
handlebars while riding for an even more comfortable
(I%(BHigh quality parts
The sporty appeal of this model is enhanced by the
adoption of aluminum parts in places like the saddle post
and pedals. Other quality touches include a chrome plated
(I%(BGenerous 28 km cruising range (on Yamaha Pattern)
The assist cruising range on one battery charge is a
generous 28 km over the Yamaha Pattern and 38 km on flat
roads. This means a greatly expanded mobility range with
plenty of distance for most leisure cycling.
(I%(BNew battery layout
A new battery layout has been designed to match the
sporty lines of this model. Mounting this "U"
shaped battery design with right-left symmetry on the
saddle stay offers outstanding riding stability and
(I%(BConvenient battery charge lamp
The battery charge lamp fitted at the main switch is a
three-lamp unit that informs the rider of remaining
charge on five-level increments. This extra feature makes
it easier to plan rechargings and avoid running out of
(I%(BFull recharge in approx. 3.5 hours
The new quick-recharge battery takes only about 3.5 hours
for a full charging. The recharger retains the same easy
operation as the existing model with a refresher function
that erases the nickel-cadmium battery's memory effect.
(I%(BKeyless main switch
An easy to operate keyless main switch has been adopted.
As an energy-saving device, the switch is designed to
turn off the power assist unit automatically when the
bicycle remains standing for more than five minutes.
(I%(BGrip type 3-speed gear box
To make riding even easier, this model comes with a fully
enclosed 3-speed gear mechanism as standard equipment.
The shift mechanism is a grip type, which means a simple
turn of the grip without taking your hand off the
handlebars is all it takes to change gears. Also, the
rear wheel is fitted with a roller type brake knows for
its excellent controllability.
Specifications for the Yamaha
PAS Star Cross
||760 - 930 mm
||26 x 1 - 3/8
|Power assist range
(in "Fast" gear)
|1 : 1 assist ratio
Diminishing assist ratio
|Up to 0 - 15 km/hr
Up to 15 - 24 km/hr
|Power unit type
|Designated power output
|Power assist control
||Control relative to
||1.2 V x 20/5AH
Refresher function / Charging time
Approx. 3.5 hr.
(Dynamo type, Battery type)
*When run over the Yamaha pattern
Conditions: new battery, air temp. 25(, carrying weight
(weight of rider and luggage) 56 kg.
Yamaha pattern: Data taken from runs on a designated 5 km
course consisting of 3 km flat, 1 km of 2 degree uphill
and 1 km of 2 degree downhill is run at a speed of 15
km/h on the flat, 10 km/h on uphills and 20 km/h on
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