Yamaha Releases New Video Detailing Tech Behind the Niken Three-Wheeler

2019 Yamaha Niken
The 2019 Yamaha Niken. Photo courtesy Yamaha.

When Yamaha unveiled its radical “LMW” (Leaning Multi-Wheel) three-wheeled Niken at EICMA in November 2017, moto journalists and enthusiasts alike expressed an immediate and keen interest—even if not everyone agrees on its viability or even whether or not it’s really a motorcycle.

Most of the questions and discussion since the unveiling have centered around the Niken’s front suspension, especially given it will have the ability to lean just like a normal two-wheeled motorcycle. To that end, Yamaha has released a new video that offers some explanations about the technology, including the suspension, frame and swingarm design, behind the Niken.

Granted, the video is high on production value and somewhat low on actual, detailed information, but we’re guessing they want to keep the nitty gritty to themselves until the bike is actually ready for its press introduction—presumably sometime later this year.

So for now, watch and let the discussions commence!

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4 COMMENTS

  1. I’m a great believer in the saying “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”
    Is there really anything broken with a two-wheeled motorcycle that this fixes?

    • There’s nothing broken, but stability in corners is increased with this motorcycle. It has another point of contact on the road from another tire, more traction. This will give you the riding characteristics of a motorcycle. CanAm’s, Trikes and Bike with sidecars can’t.

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