Behold! Yamaha has unveiled a brand new product at the Tokyo Motor Show 2017. Something that will give you the heebie jeebies in the first look. A Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW) called Niken is like highly intelligent artificial intelligence got its hands on Yamaha parts and came up with a machine. Two wheels up front with riding ergonomics of a motorcycle means leaning will be that much more convenient on it. Yamaha say that the Niken is equipped with LMW technology "to reduce the effects of changing ride environments and to deliver a high feeling of stability when cornering". The body design makes full use of the unprecedented front-end suspension mechanisms pairing 15-inch front wheels with dual-tube upside-down forks to visually accentuate the machine’s sporty performance and create a high-quality look and feel at the same time.
Yamaha have not revealed many details on the Niken yet, but we do know that it will be powered by a liquid-cooled inline three-cylinder. It is most likely the production version of the very similar-looking MT-09 three-wheeler concept shown three years ago, then called the MWT-09. So, that means the three-cylinder engine in question is the 847cc one from the MT-09.
Another confirmation for that is a close-up shot of an engine cover, that reads ‘CP3’, the name given to the MT-09 plant. The Niken broke cover at the Tokyo Motor Show on 26th October and full details about it will be released in Milan, Italy on 6th November.
This was quite a surprise from Yamaha this year and the Japan's is perhaps revelling in the glory of its mechanical finesse. Other brands such as Kawasaki too revealed new models this year.
The independent suspension on the Niken and balance of two wheels up front should allow it to be easy to lean. Mean machine is passé, welcome lean machine!