The Yamaha Niken is based on the MT-09, and bonds the same 3-cylinder motor, but it’s the first leaning production 3-wheeled motorbike of its type. Yamaha hasn’t revealed too many details and specs at Tokyo about the Niken, and more details are probable to be released at next month’s EICMA show in Milan, Italy. The only spec released so far is that the Niken uses a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, in-line triple engine. The three-cylinder engine without question is the 847 cc triple from the Yamaha MT-09.
The Yamaha Niken is the first production leaning three-wheeler. President of Yamaha Hiroyuki Yanagi revealed the 3-wheeler in Tokyo. The corporation calls it as a Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW). The overall styling of the 3-wheeler is aggressive with a sharp and edgy design.
In a press release on the Niken, Yamaha said: “This large-displacement Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW) is powered by a liquid-cooled, in-line, 3-cylinder engine. This model is armed with LMW technology to decrease the effects of changing ride environments and to deliver a high feeling of stability when cornering. It attains excellent performance for spirited and sporty riding on various road surfaces and the capability to freely carve through the continuous corners on winding roads. The body design creates full use of the unprecedented front-end suspension mechanism, pairing 15-inch front wheels with dual-tube upside-down forks that visually emphasize the machine’s sporty performance and create a high-quality look and feel at the same time. New Yamaha NIKEN. Ride the Revolution.”
The fact that Yamaha has chosen to disclose more details and specs about the Niken confirms that the leaning 3-wheeled motorcycle will only be released as a 2018 model, and will possibly go on sale next summer. So far, Yamaha has not commented on the price and other details; and has only unrestricted the sizes of the Niken, which is 2150 mm long, 885 mm wide, 1250 mm tall, and uses a triple-cylinder engine. Other official information is projected to be release on November 6, at the EICMA show in Milan.