TWO-STROKE TUESDAY: THE JAPANESE SPY PHOTOS OF THE 2005 YZ125
The All Japan Nationals are where you’ll find the manufactures biggest secrets if you look close enough. The Japanese manufactures seem to race test all there parts and new models before production. The problem is, it doesn’t take long before someone recognizes the top secret part or bike and takes a picture of it to exploit it to the world.
In 2003, Yamaha had been in the final stages of their aluminum frame YZ125 testing. One of their Factory Yamaha riders, Shinobu Idehara was the lucky one that got to race test the prototype bike. Yamaha tried to disguise the bike by painting the frame the same color blue as their steel frame YZ125 as well as using the same graphics as the 2004 production model.
When this spy photo was leaked, the pubic noticed the frame was different and many people thought it was aluminum, although no one could be sure until the bike was released over a year later.