New Yamaha Niken – This Is Not a Concept

Three cylinders + three wheels = Blade Runner look. And it seems ready to hit the market

Yamaha just did it. They mixed the CP3 inline-three engine from the MT-09 with a two-wheel front-end already seen on their small displacement scooters. The result: a production ready “leaning multi-wheeler”. 

Yamaha says that this architecture “reduces the effects of changing ride environments and delivers a high feeling of stability when cornering. It achieves excellent performance for spirited and sporty riding on various road surfaces and the capability to freely carve through the continuous corners of winding roads”. 

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We have no other details than the engine type and the fact that it comes with 15-inch front wheels with dual-tube upside-down forks. We’ll have the full specs on 6th November at the EICMA (Milan Show) press conference. 

Still, we can spot some riding modes, a cruise control and a (two level) traction control. It also seems to have the same swing-arm, the same exhaust and the same brakes. Those radial calipers will have a lot of work to to considering the extra front-end weight. 

The technology was already used for Tricity 125 and Tricity 155, some small-capacity Yamaha scooter, but it's the first large displacement machine to incorporate this kind of mechaninsm. 

P.S. You still need to use the side-stand. 

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