Yamaha Niken: A motorcycle with three wheels and yet it can lean!


  • Yamaha unveiled a Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW) at the Tokyo Motor Show this year. Called Niken, the LMW will have two wheels up front with riding ergonomics of a motorcycle which means leaning will be easy on it.

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  • Yamaha says Niken's 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.

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  • The Niken is most likely the production version of the similar-looking MT-09 three-wheeler concept shown three years ago, then called the MWT-09. 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".

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  • It is expected to be powered by a 847cc liquid-cooled, inline three-cylinder engine that produces 113.4 hp at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of torque at 8,500 rpm. The two wheels up front means novice riders will be able to access more of Niken's power and have better balance while leaning.

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  • 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. The pricing is not known yet and considering its unique design, the Niken will not have any competition immediately after launch.

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