To come only in one color option and will be a limited edition affair

Being the most talked about bike ever since its launch, the Niken showcases a crazy innovation called the Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW). Basically, Yamaha has stepped up their game with this.

The three-wheeled revolutionary motorcycle based on the hugely popular MT-09 platform is finally coming to the US, and it costs exactly $5,333 per Wheel. If you can do the math right, that means the Niken will cost exactly $7,000 markup over the Yamaha MT-09.

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‘Ni’ means ’two’ and ‘Ken’ means ‘sword’ in Japanese

Booking this three-wheeler will be through a dedicated “2019 NIKEN Online Reservation System“after which customers can receive their motorcycles from authorized Yamaha dealers selected by them. This is the similar system that Yamaha USA used for the VMAX power cruiser and YZF-R1M superbike.

The Niken will be made available in the US in only the Granite Gray color scheme and will be a limited edition affair, each retailing for $15,999. Yamaha will open the online reservation system on May 17th at 10:00 am CEST and deliveries will begin from September on a first come, first served basis.

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Based on the brand’s MT-09 platform

This 2018 Niken is crazy, even by Yamaha standards. There is no denying in that. The front end gets not one, not two but four upside-down forks, two on each side that completely changes riding perspectives for any rider throwing a leg over the Niken. Yamaha says that it has "excellent performance for spirited and sporty riding on various road surfaces".

Optimising the advantages associated with the unique Leaning Multi Wheel system, Yamaha has equipped the Niken with sophisticated specification and range of electronic aids. The first potent spec will be the 847cc liquid-cooled in-line 3-cylinder mill borrowed from the MT-09 but gets a Niken-dedicated tune-up with forged aluminum pistons and connecting rods delivering high torque and refined power.

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It leans like a normal motorcycle would

Ride-by-Wire “YCC-T Electronic Throttle” allows linear throttle response increasing engine controllability. The gearbox is tethered to an Assist and Slipper clutch for effortless clutch-lever operation. Then there is the Quick Shift System (QSS) that allows seamless upshift but no downshift though.

A multi-level traction control system has three modes including OFF mode that disables interventions when rider wishes to take full control of the motorcycle. It automatically regulates throttle response, ignition timing and fuel injection to help the bike with optimum traction in all situations.

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The front gets quad-LED projector beam

The Niken will come with a compact LCD dash, three riding modes, and cruise control system that kicks in from 4th gear at speeds over 30 mph keeping the rider comfortable for long rides. Dual LED headlamps showcase Yamaha’s intention of being the “Revolutionary face of Motorcycling”.

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