Two guides and nine others will make the 800-mile journey from Hanoi to Hoi An riding small motorcycles down the country’s eastern coast. A combination of off-road and highway riding, their route will take them to sites such as the Phong Nha Cave, widely hailed as the most beautiful in the region; Hue, the imperial capital of feudal Vietnam; and China Beach, the site of the first major Marine landing of the Vietnam War.
Yamaha Motorcycle has succeeded in the development of a continuously variable transmission (CVT) named Y.C.A.T. (Yamaha Compact Automatic Transmission) that is compact enough to be mounted on a moped type motorcycle of the 100 to 125cc class. In addition to displaying this Y.C.A.T. system at the 41st Tokyo Motor Show 2009, it will appear on new moped type models for the ASEAN market beginning with a 2010 model in Vietnam.
Although legendary actors Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper received top billing in the seminal 1969 film Easy Rider, their co-star Captain America—a chopped Harley-Davidson Panhead with an American flag emblazoned on its gas tank—gained just as much attention. It became one of the most evocative motorcycles in American history, transcending its function as transportation to reach mythic status as a postmodern icon.