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Yamaha has announced the new EC-02, a tiny motorcycle just about powerful enough for scooting around town.
Here's a picture of it I snapped at the Tokyo Motorcycle Show earlier this month. Bear in mind that it's raised up on a pedestal, so it looks larger than actual size:
There's even a "concept" model, not available for sale (yet?), that has a special iPod docking cradle, amplifier, and loudspeakers built into the body, with a remote control by the right handle grip:
The whole thing weighs just over 100 pounds, and the handlebars fold down for easy storage. (Because it uses no gasoline or oil, it can even be laid flat on its side.) It seems like an updated version of Honda's old Motocompo, although the gas-powered Moto had more oomph. It'll be interesting to see if the electric EC-02 has enough juice to catch on.