Yamaha's Gen-Ryu concept, for example, could well become the bike of the (near) future. Dubbed the Big Blue Bike, this design mates a hybrid engine with two wheels. The 599cc engine, based on Yamaha's lightweight, compact YZF-R6 powerplant, is enhanced with a 45kW electric motor, allowing greater torque while increasing fuel economy. Yamaha says the super-swoopy construction is designed to offer the superior handling characteristics of a motorcycle with the comfort and carrying capacity of a scooter. The company lists features like a lightweight aluminum body with optimized rigidity balance, a noise-cancelling system, a voice-navigation function, large-diameter wheels and long wheelbase, all of which will allegedly give this model the performance and handling of a 1000cc-class machine.