Yamaha has unveiled a new bike, or should that be trike, called the MXT850 Niken at the Tokyo Show, with the final spec machine set to be revealed in Milan next month.
The company showcased the Niken at its home show but will make a full launch of the three-wheeler ahead of Italy’s EICMA show on 6 November, indicating that the quirky new machine will be coming to Europe. We expect that you’ll also be able to see the Niken at our own Motorcycle Live event, which takes place at the Birmingham NEC from 18 November.
Technical details of the three-wheeler are sketchy just now, but Yamaha has confirmed that it will be powered by an inline three cylinder engine, presumably from the MT-09. The dimensions are also very similar to an MT-09, being only slightly longer and taller than he brilliant middleweight, and just 70mm wider despite having a twin front wheel set-up.
The front suspension set up looks similar to that debuted on the useful Tricity scooter. Yamaha describes it as a ‘leaning multi-wheeler’ and the front end features a pair of 15-inch front wheels with dual-tube upside-down forks that gives a futuristic Transformer look.
If the set-up is as effective as the one on the 125cc Tricity, the Niken will offer excellent front end stability and grip, with a feeling of ‘carving’ through corners that’s not dissimilar to downhill skiing. The Niken could well appeal to new riders who perhaps like the idea of a motorcycle but are intimidated by having just two wheels on their vehicle. It is also unclear as to whether or not the new Yamaha will be classed as a motorcycle for licencing laws, although we suspect it will be.
No word on prices or availability dates yet, expect those to be confirmed in the next few weeks.
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