Electronic rider aids and engine specifications

Launched at the 2017 Tokyo International Motor show, the Japanese brand set the pace with this stunning three-wheeled machine called the Niken. It is a three-wheeled motorcycle based on the hugely popular MT-09 platform that gets double the grip on the front and heightened ride stability for carving corners with minimal effort. Basically, Yamaha has stepped up their game with this.

Being the most talked about bike ever since its launch, the Niken showcases a crazy new innovation called the Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW), and now, the Japanese Blue Team has released a new technical video showcasing fresh new information that lets us understand its ’ultimate corner carving experience’.

Yamaha released more specification info on the three-wheeled Niken Screenshots / Gameplay
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Yamaha released more specification info on the three-wheeled Niken Screenshots / Gameplay
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Yamaha released more specification info on the three-wheeled Niken Screenshots / Gameplay
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Yamaha released more specification info on the three-wheeled Niken Screenshots / Gameplay
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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.

Yamaha released more specification info on the three-wheeled Niken Screenshots / Gameplay
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Yamaha released more specification info on the three-wheeled Niken Screenshots / Gameplay
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Yamaha released more specification info on the three-wheeled Niken Screenshots / Gameplay
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Yamaha released more specification info on the three-wheeled Niken Screenshots / Gameplay
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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.


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”.

Hopefully, we’ll get more than the static big-engined three-wheelers like the Can-Am Spyder or Harley-Davidson Freewheeler which don’t offer the same experience as two-wheeled motorcycling. Meanwhile, stay tuned with us for further updates.

Yamaha will open the online reservation system on May 17th at 10:00 am CEST. The Niken will be made available only on a first come, first serve basis.

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