Yamaha NIKEN

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The Yamaha NIKEN was first unveiled at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show, and official sales began in September 2018 (model year 2019).

The model is distinguished by a unique concept, which is based on the use of two front wheels and the proprietary LMW (Leaning Multi Wheel) system, which allows a three-wheeled motorcycle to get the control of a two-wheeled one. Prior to the NIKEN model, similar technologies were used in the Yamaha Tricity scooter.

The Yamaha NIKEN was based on the engine from the MT-09 series - an in-line 3-cylinder liquid-cooled block with a volume of 847 cm³, producing 115 hp. power and almost 88 Nm of torque.

The frame of the motorcycle is a steel tube structure with aluminum elements such as a swingarm. The front suspension is a combination of two inverted telescopic forks per wheel, fully adjustable. The LMW system achieves the effect of fully independent suspension at the front, ensuring optimal traction in virtually all conditions and in all weather conditions.

In parallel with the regular version of NIKEN, the NIKEN GT is offered on the market. This modification features a high touring glass, a more comfortable seat, heated arms, side trunks, a trunk, two 12V sockets and a central stand.

NIKEN series models also feature all of Yamaha's latest electronic technologies:

  • Electronic Throttle (YCC-T - Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle)
  • ABS
  • Cruise control
  • Traction control (TCS - Traction Control System)
  • Selectable engine operating mode (Selectable D-Mode)
  • Quick Shift (QSS - Quick Shift System)
  • Assist and Slipper clutch



Specifications Yamaha NIKEN:

ModelYamaha NIKEN
Motorcycle typesports and tourist
Release year2019+
FrameHybrid (steel pipes, aluminum swingarm)
Engine type3-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume847 cm³
Bore / stroke78.0 x 59.1 mm
Compression ratio11.5: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemInjector with YCC-T (Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle), 3x 41mm
Ignition typeTCI
Maximum power115.0 h.p. (84.6 kW) at 10,000 rpm


TCS (Traction Control System)

Cruise control system

Maximum torque87.5 Nm (8.8 kg-m) at 8500 rpm

QSS (Quick Shift System)

Drive typechain
Front tire size2x 120/70-R15 M / C (56V)
Rear tire size190/55-R17 M / C (75V)
Front brakes2x 2 discs, 298mm, 4-piston radial calipers (ABS)
Rear brakes1 disc, 282 mm, 2-piston caliper (ABS)
Front suspension2x 43 / 41mm Inverted Forks (LMW system - Leaning Multi Wheel) (Fully Adjustable), 110mm Travel
Rear suspensionPendulum with monoshock (fully adjustable), stroke - 125 mm
Motorcycle length2150 mm
Motorcycle width885 mm
Motorcycle height1250 mm - NIKEN

1425 mm - NIKEN GT

Wheelbase1510 mm
Saddle height820 mm - NIKEN

835 mm - NIKEN GT

Minimum ground clearance150 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h4.0 sec
Maximum speed210 km / h
Fuel tank capacity18.0 l (including reserve - 4.0 l)
Motorcycle weight (curb)263.0 kg - NIKEN

267.0 kg - NIKEN GT