Ploof: A Yamaha Scooter Prototype

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Transportation design student Axel Dichamp dubbed this dadaesque scooter prototype "Ploof," which could be an onomatopoeic approximation of the sound made when its image smacks against the optic nerve. Dichamp's idea was to create a Yamaha two-wheeler for adult consumers concerned with comfort. The result is a motorcycle that wouldn't look out of place parked inside a public library. The seating perch is an honest-to-goodness mid-century-modern chair, four legs and all, while the base appears to have been influenced by personal watercraft and superbikes. We had this dream too, only Jimmie "Dyn-o-mite!" Walker was at the controls, and he may have been eating cantelope.

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Mike Spinelli

Thanks, Mssrs. sccotermc and h. Or is that Mssrs. Merriam and Webster?