2019 Yamaha Niken GT | Video Review

2019 Yamaha Niken GT
2019 Yamaha Niken GT (Photo by Joe Agustin)

After the success of the Niken, the world’s first production Leaning Multi-Wheeled motorcycle introduced last year, Yamaha has launched a sport-touring version called the Niken GT, with a larger windscreen, heated grips, comfort seats, saddlebags, a centerstand and more. With neutral, natural steering feel and an incredible amount of front-end grip, the Niken must be experienced to be believed.

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8 COMMENTS

  1. If only Yamaha would make the bike accessible to those of us with shorter inseams or design the bike to stand by itself. I’m 69 years old, have a 30” inseam and want a bike that offers the stability this bike apparently offers. I’ve been frustrated by seat height for years. I want something that allows for flat foot stability at stops, allows for a comfortable upright riding position, and doesn’t weigh 800 lbs (in other words no cruisers). Oh well, maybe I’ll have a 33” inch inseam next time around.

    • Wait, 30″ inseam & no cruisers = x/0 [does not compute!] Sorry, but sportbikes all have tall seats because of engine design & packaging details [short wheelbase for maneuverability, CoG close to centerline, etc.] I may want to be a professional jockey, but at 6’+ and 250#, it’s just not in the cards!
      Get the 400cc Pietta MP3 [you could go for the 500cc Fuego, but it’s uglier ‘n’ sin & does away w/ the cool underseat storage channel]; that’s as close as you’re going to get, I’m afraid. :-\

    • Terry what do you suggest for someone with a 34 inch inseam? There are very few motorcycles I can even ride, they are like riding a friggin sled.

  2. This looks similar to the previous post but… I’ve added an exclamation point!
    If only Yamaha would make the bike accessible to those of us with shorter inseams or design the bike to stand by itself. I’m 69 years old, have a 30” inseam and want a bike that offers the stability this bike apparently offers. I’ve been frustrated by seat height for years. I want something that allows for flat foot stability at stops, allows for a comfortable upright riding position, and doesn’t weigh 800 lbs (in other words no cruisers). Oh well, maybe I’ll have a 33” inch inseam next time around!

  3. Getting a sportbike to fit a 30″ inseam is doable, but it requires some compromises. I gave up some lean, but my modified 2002 VFR800 allows me to flat foot with the same inseam. I’ve heard the same argument for ADV bikes. Ask Triumph how they pulled off the Tiger 800 XRX Low. If the stance is narrow enough, an 800-810mm seat height will allow for flat footing with a 30-inch inseam. Yamaha has a factory solution for the Tracer/GT using a low seat and lowering link from their accessory catalog. Unfortunately, it won’t fit the Riken.

    • Agreed Brian. The width of the seat has a lot to do with how feet contact the ground. I put a lowerfed seat on a Ducati Multistrada. It was lower, but wider at theseatse and actually made it more difficult to get both feet firmly on the ground.

  4. Really intriguing machine. I’m a 150 mile a day guy in the Pacific north WET. I’ve Motorcycles that are more aligned for the wet up here. But to have a shot at adding additional front end grip has really grabbed my attention. There’s a long term review by a journo in England and he absolutely raves about it. Kudos Yamaha!

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