Yamaha Niken Test

Okay, let’s get some things out of the way first

Yes the headline was a poor allusion to Animal Farm

Yamaha Niken Trev
Yamaha Niken

The Niken has three wheels. A pair of 120/70-15s up front, and a single conventional 190/55-17 at the back.

Yes it rides pretty much like a motorcycle. There is no long adaption period to feel comfortable, just get on it and ride. 

Yamaha Niken Trev
Yamaha Niken

The riding experience is nothing remotely similar to the non-leaning Can-Am Sypder. The Niken leans, steers and powers out like a motorcycle, unlike the Spyder which rides like, well, a car, and a shit car at that.

Yes the Niken can pull wheelies, stoppies, skids and perform all manner of stupidity, if you’re good enough to do so without dying.

Yamaha Niken Trev Mono
Yamaha Niken

Yamaha quote a 45-degree lean angle for the Niken, and yes you can get your knee down if you are going to hang off it to a ridiculous degree. That said, using a reasonable bit of body English does help keep the pegs off the deck and realise more cornering speed, just like a motorcycle…

Yamaha Niken Trev
Yamaha Niken

Yes you can lane split, and quite easily. The widest point of the bike is still the bars/mirrors and you know once that front end is through then the rear is most definitely going to roll through without a problem. The Niken is 70 mm wider at the mirrors than a T-Max, and 120 mm wider than a Tracer 900.

It does not stand up by itself. The Niken will fall over if not placed on the side-stand or optional centre-stand.

Yamaha Niken Cockpit
Yamaha Niken

Now with that out of the way and for those of you that have an open mind and are still reading, instead of throwing a pretentious little hissy-fit about it having three wheels and clicking away to somewhere else, let’s dig into this leaning three-wheeler business a little more.

I first tried out such a machine more than a decade ago when Piaggio launched the MP3 scooter. I quite liked it, revelling in the incredible front end grip the twin-tyre front end offered. But of course with modest power and a CVT gearbox it was still essentially a scooter. A fun, practical and versatile scooter that I rate highly, but still a scooter.

Yamaha Niken LHF
Yamaha Niken

However, the Niken is a considerably more serious piece of kit.  Even the name carries a bit of attitude to it.  Two Japanese words Ni (Two), and Ken (Sword), is derived from a 17th century dual sword fighting technique. Well the Niken would want to be sharp then wouldn’t it…?

The drivetrain is lifted directly from the MT-09, one of the maddest motorcycles to be released this century.

Yamaha Niken Engine
Yamaha Niken

The Niken gets the full monty 115 horsepower of the MT-09 and while 115 ponies doesn’t sound all that much these days, the slightly uncultured way that Yamaha’s enigmatic triple delivers them makes those ponies feel a little more Clydesale-like. In Niken guise the MT09 engine does carry a bit more crank weight, which is no bad thing, and its throttle response is a little smoother in operation than the manic naked. 

Yamaha Niken Engine
Yamaha Niken

A conventional six-speed motorcycle gearbox complete with quick-shifter, which is unfortunately up only in this application, carries over from its two-wheel siblings, as does the chain final drive. The rear sprocket carries a couple more teeth to help counteract the extra weight of the Niken. 

At 263 kg wet, the three-wheeler is is around 70 kg heavier than the MT-09, and 50 kg heavier than the Tracer 900 GT.  That mass certainly takes some urgency out of the power delivery, don’t expect the instantaneous response of an MT-09.

Yamaha Niken RHF Group
Yamaha Niken

When jumping aboard the low 820 mm saddle and lifting the Niken off its side-stand the machine does not feel particularly heavy. The mass is also not felt at the lights or while manoeuvring at walking pace, the larger foot-print of the twin-tyre front end no doubt helping in those scenarios.

Yamaha Niken Trev
Yamaha Niken

Yamaha claims that with a rider onboard the Niken has a perfect 50-50 weight distribution between the front and rear axles.  I would say that feels about right as the Niken exhibits no untoward handling traits, and feels perfectly natural when scything through bends at speed.

Yamaha Niken Trev
Yamaha Niken

Due to the gyroscopic forces generated by those two front tyres up front it also proves unflappable and affords great stability. Steering effort is light enough, and the Niken only ever feels slightly cumbersome when negotiating really tight sub-20 km/h corners. The longer and stiffer swingarm contributes to a 70 mm longer wheelbase than the MT-09, the Niken is also 10 mm longer between the axles than the recently released Tracer 900 GT.

Yamaha Niken Trev
Yamaha Niken

Front grip is other-worldly. Yamaha claim the Niken offers up to 40 per cent increased front-end grip. It feels like all of that and more, you quickly start carrying entry speeds on less than perfect road surfaces that would be risky, heart-in-mouth type stuff on a conventional motorcycle.

Yamaha Niken Trev
Yamaha Niken

The fact that those front wheels move independently of each other (on a camber, one front wheel can be running at a very different level of travel through its fork legs than the other), is another positive trait highlighted on bumpy surfaces. The Ackermann dual parallelogram front end just copes with any irregularities thrown at it. You are hardly aware of all those extra front end components doing their thing, it just works and is all completely hidden from your view. The unique front-end set-up also feels as though it completely eliminates any semblance of understeer.

Yamaha Niken Trev
Yamaha Niken – See how one wheel can ride at a different height than the other

Of course all this confidence in the front end of the machine pretty much turns your approach to back road corner carving on its head.  When approaching a tight corner on a conventional motorcycle my concentration is predominantly on judging the road surface which, along with testicular fortitude, largely decides entry speed and aggressiveness on turn-in. While coming out the other side, the grip of modern tyres means it is largely a “hit the throttle hard as soon as you start picking the bike up off the rear tyre and see the corner exit” type affair.

Yamaha Niken Trev
Yamaha Niken

From the apex of the corner is when you start really thinking about grip and the Niken’s purchase on the road, particularly when you really start to press on while chasing a skilled local on an MT-10. Here the Niken did not really do anything wrong, but I was certainly starting to get a little apprehensive in regards to rear end grip when attacking both low speed and high speed corners with some real aggression. Out of some of the tighter stuff the traction control was starting to impede progress and reign things in.

I am sure there was plenty of rear grip there, but the mass and the lack of feedback from the chassis in this scenario did not instil the type of confidence that I was enjoying from the front. I guess with less contact patch at the rear that is to be expected. The Niken could never be expected to be a perfect panacea for every scenario.

Yamaha Niken RHS
Yamaha Niken

In any normal riding of course rear grip is plenty, but I was not game to start trying to drift the rear at lean, it felt as though when it did finally break away it might not have been all that pretty.  I did slide the machine a little on dirt roads, but was certainly much more circumspect than I would have been on a normal two-wheeler, and that surprised me. I think a combination of the different ergonomics providing less response to peg inputs, and that extra weight, was enough to make me a little more cautious than I might otherwise have been. Perhaps a lot more seat time would have me more game to let it all hang out.

Yamaha Niken Rear Tyre
Yamaha Niken

A pair of 298 mm disc rotors and four-piston calipers do a great job of hauling the machine up, while those two independent front tyres give you the confidence to turn-in late and hard.  When really on it, and I mean really on it, I had those two front tyres squirming into the grey tarmac of the Crown Range descents under brakes. I could feel them walking about a little even before the well-tuned ABS system kicked in. The front Bridgestone A41 Adventure tyres were at their recommended 33 psi, I checked them myself, but if going full nutter again I think I might be tempted to try another couple of pound in them.

Yamaha Niken Brakes
Yamaha Niken

The riding position for normal riding feels natural enough, be that in the city or on the highway. Despite only that tiny little front spoiler above the digital instrumentation, the wind-blast was never onerous and I never once felt any turbulence disturb my Shoei ensconsed bonce. Even with that 847 cc triple turning 8200 rpm in top gear for an indicated 205 km/h.

Yamaha Niken Trev
Yamaha Niken

The seat felt good until I was getting towards the end of a 600 kilometre first day, only then did I start moving about a little to ease the burden on the buns and upper thighs. All up I covered almost 1000 km on the Niken.

Yamaha Niken Seat
Yamaha Niken

A pillion can be carried and the rear KYB shock has a convenient hand-wheel to change the preload, while compression damping can also be tweaked. The front offers rebound and compression damping adustment. 

Yamaha Niken Shock Adjust Swingarm
Yamaha Niken

A GT version is expected next year and will offer more sumptuous seating arrangements along with standard panniers and other changes to improve the Niken’s long-distance touring credentials. The standard Niken does include cruise control.

Yamaha Niken Cruise
Yamaha Niken – Cruise control as standard

The mirror-integrated indicators and trick front lights are all LEDs, and a 12-volt accessory port is provided next to the dash. Unfortunately, like virtually every other motorcycle with this feature it is of the regular Hella/DIN/BMW small cigarette lighter style port which, unless you buy all manner of adaptors, is pretty damn useless. Just give us a simple USB port or two FFS.

Yamaha Niken Lights Mirrors
Yamaha Niken

Unfortunately I did not take note of economy figures, and I would suggest that our strops would not have been all that indicative of what one would experience on a normal Sunday ride or multi-day epic. The aluminium fuel tank holds 18-litres, so you would expect a normal touring range of around 300 km.

Yamaha Niken Trev Lights
Yamaha Niken

The Niken is available now, but only from specialist Yamaha dealers that have undertaken servicing training on the unique beast. These dealers are also required to tool up for front end alignments and minor greases that are recommended every third service. A full re-pack with new grease is required every 50,000 km. Otherwise routine servicing is as per normal and recommended every 6000 km.

Yamaha Niken LHF Group
Yamaha Niken

Yamaha’s initial shipment of 50 Nikens have now hit our shores, and are priced at $21,999 plus on road costs.

If you take one home, prepare to be the centre of attention when ever you hit the road, people will even come up and want to have their photo taken with it.

Yamaha Niken Arrowtown
Ride a Yamaha Niken and prepare to be the centre of attention

Oh, and order the optional Akrapovic full titanium exhaust system to liberate that triple chord symphony, it is just cruel not to. Yamaha dealers are getting their demonstrators ready to roll now, get down there and try one out for yourself. 

Yamaha Niken Lights RHF
Yamaha Niken


<h5 style='text-align: left;'><strong><img class='alignnone wp-image-200218 size-medium' src='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6-300x169.jpg' alt='' width='300' height='169' srcset='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6-300x169.jpg 300w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6-160x90.jpg 160w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6-768x433.jpg 768w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6-1024x577.jpg 1024w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6-745x420.jpg 745w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6-1491x840.jpg 1491w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6-640x361.jpg 640w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6-1280x721.jpg 1280w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6-681x384.jpg 681w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6-1362x768.jpg 1362w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6-1021x580.jpg 1021w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-6.jpg 1920w' sizes='(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px' />Dual 298 mm front disc brakes</strong></h5> <p style='text-align: left;'>Dual 298 mm front discs generate high levels of braking performance, and the increased surface contact area provided by the double front wheels enables the Niken to stop quickly and efficiently. With a rear 282 mm disc brake, these three large diameter discs work through three wheels, giving you a high degree of control.</p> <p>
<img class='wp-image-200194 size-medium' src='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4-300x169.jpg' alt='Yamaha Niken' width='300' height='169' srcset='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4-300x169.jpg 300w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4-160x90.jpg 160w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4-768x432.jpg 768w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4-1024x577.jpg 1024w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4-746x420.jpg 746w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4-1492x840.jpg 1492w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4-640x360.jpg 640w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4-1280x721.jpg 1280w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4-681x383.jpg 681w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4-1362x767.jpg 1362w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4-1021x580.jpg 1021w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Action-4.jpg 1920w' sizes='(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px' /></p> <h5 style='text-align: left;'><strong>New leaning multi wheel (LMW) technology</strong></h5> <p style='text-align: left;'>The NIKEN’s advanced leaning multi wheel (LMW) design delivers an exciting and confident new cornering experience. Consisting of parallel quadrilateral arms and cantilevered telescopic suspension, Yamaha’s unique Ackermann design gives enhanced feelings of stability and grip when cornering in a wide range of surface conditions.</p> <p>
<img class='wp-image-200207 size-medium' src='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-10-300x172.jpg' alt='Yamaha Niken' width='300' height='172' srcset='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-10-300x172.jpg 300w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-10-160x92.jpg 160w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-10-768x441.jpg 768w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-10-1024x588.jpg 1024w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-10-732x420.jpg 732w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-10-1464x840.jpg 1464w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-10-640x367.jpg 640w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-10-1280x735.jpg 1280w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-10-681x391.jpg 681w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-10-1362x782.jpg 1362w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-10.jpg 1920w' sizes='(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px' /></p> <h5 style='text-align: left;'><strong>Deep 45 degree bank angle</strong></h5> <p style='text-align: left;'>The high-tech front end features dual 15-inch wheels with specially developed 120/70R15 tyres that provide high levels of grip for enhanced feelings of confidence when braking and cornering. With a 410 mm track, this sophisticated LMW front end design delivers deep banking angles of up to 45 degrees.</p> <p>
</p> <h5 style='text-align: left;'><strong><img class='alignnone wp-image-200219 size-medium' src='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-300x225.jpg' alt='' width='300' height='225' srcset='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-300x225.jpg 300w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-141x106.jpg 141w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-768x576.jpg 768w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-1024x767.jpg 1024w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-560x420.jpg 560w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-1121x840.jpg 1121w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-80x60.jpg 80w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-160x120.jpg 160w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-100x75.jpg 100w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-200x150.jpg 200w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-180x135.jpg 180w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-360x270.jpg 360w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-238x178.jpg 238w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-476x356.jpg 476w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-640x480.jpg 640w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-1280x959.jpg 1280w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-681x510.jpg 681w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-1362x1021.jpg 1362w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-1832x1374.jpg 1832w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-1376x1032.jpg 1376w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-1044x783.jpg 1044w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-632x474.jpg 632w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7-536x402.jpg 536w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-7.jpg 1920w' sizes='(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px' /></strong></h5> <h5 style='text-align: left;'><strong>Sports cowl with dual LED headlights</strong></h5> <p style='text-align: left;'>The broad, downward curving front cowl is equipped with dual LED headlights that underline the NIKEN’s sporty and confident character, and the dual position lights help to emphasise the strong and planted look of the dual front wheels. YZF-R1 derived mirrors feature integrated LED turn signals.</p> <p>
</p> <h5></h5> <h5><strong><img class='alignnone wp-image-200211 size-medium' src='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-300x200.jpg' alt='' width='300' height='200' srcset='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-300x200.jpg 300w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-160x106.jpg 160w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-768x512.jpg 768w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-1024x683.jpg 1024w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-630x420.jpg 630w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-1260x840.jpg 1260w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-537x360.jpg 537w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-1074x720.jpg 1074w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-640x427.jpg 640w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-1280x853.jpg 1280w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-681x454.jpg 681w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14-1362x908.jpg 1362w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-14.jpg 1920w' sizes='(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px' /></strong></h5> <h5 style='text-align: left;'><strong>Compact instrument panel with LCD display</strong></h5> <p style='text-align: left;'>The broad shoulders of the front cowl give a futuristic look. Compact instruments feature a white LCD display on a black background for easy day time visibility.</p> <p>
</p> <h5><img class='alignnone wp-image-200209 size-medium' src='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-12-300x162.jpg' alt='' width='300' height='162' srcset='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-12-300x162.jpg 300w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-12-160x87.jpg 160w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-12-768x416.jpg 768w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-12-1024x554.jpg 1024w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-12-776x420.jpg 776w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-12-1552x840.jpg 1552w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-12-640x346.jpg 640w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-12-1280x693.jpg 1280w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-12-681x369.jpg 681w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-12-1362x737.jpg 1362w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-12.jpg 1920w' sizes='(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px' /></h5> <h5 style='text-align: left;'><strong>Advanced electronic control technology</strong></h5> <p style='text-align: left;'>The world’s most revolutionary and futuristic motorcycle comes fully equipped with the very latest electronic control technology – including 3-position D-MODE, YCC-T, Cruise Control and a Traction Control System with two levels of intervention and an off switch. And for seamless performance, the NIKEN features an A&S clutch and QSS.</p> <p>
</p> <h5><strong><img class='alignnone wp-image-200210 size-medium' src='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-13-300x196.jpg' alt='' width='300' height='196' srcset='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-13-300x196.jpg 300w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-13-160x106.jpg 160w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-13-768x502.jpg 768w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-13-1024x670.jpg 1024w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-13-642x420.jpg 642w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-13-1284x840.jpg 1284w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-13-640x419.jpg 640w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-13-1280x837.jpg 1280w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-13-681x445.jpg 681w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-13-1362x891.jpg 1362w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-13.jpg 1920w' sizes='(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px' /></strong></h5> <h5 style='text-align: left;'><strong>Aluminium fuel tank</strong></h5> <p style='text-align: left;'>The Niken’s 18-litre sculpted aluminium fuel tank was created using the same advanced production technology as the YZF-R1. The tank features concave surfaces that give a firm knee grip area and allow you to move freely.</p> <p>
</p> <h5 style='text-align: left;'><strong><img class='alignnone wp-image-200220 size-medium' src='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-8-300x239.jpg' alt='' width='300' height='239' srcset='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-8-300x239.jpg 300w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-8-133x106.jpg 133w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-8-768x611.jpg 768w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-8-1024x814.jpg 1024w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-8-528x420.jpg 528w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-8-1056x840.jpg 1056w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-8-640x509.jpg 640w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-8-1280x1018.jpg 1280w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-8-681x541.jpg 681w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-8-1362x1083.jpg 1362w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Static-8.jpg 1913w' sizes='(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px' />Bold and futuristic design</strong></h5> <p style='text-align: left;'>With its two leaning front wheels, dual tube upside down forks and broad shouldered stance, the Niken projects an imposing and radical new look that reflects its revolutionary new riding character. The muscular and athletic body design features a futuristic dual headlight cowl and integrated fuel tank that create a bold and unique profile. Prepare to be the centre of attention.</p> <p>
<img class='wp-image-200201 size-medium' src='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-300x172.jpg' alt='Yamaha MTX850 - Presumably the triple-cylinder mill is borrowed from the MT-09 motorcycle' width='300' height='172' srcset='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-300x172.jpg 300w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-160x92.jpg 160w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-768x439.jpg 768w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-1024x586.jpg 1024w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-734x420.jpg 734w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-1469x840.jpg 1469w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-640x366.jpg 640w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-1280x732.jpg 1280w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-681x389.jpg 681w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-1362x779.jpg 1362w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4.jpg 1920w' sizes='(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px' /></p> <h5 style='text-align: left;'><strong>Hybrid frame</strong></h5> <p style='text-align: left;'>To achieve a natural steering feeling with sport bike agility and confident corner carving performance, a specially developed hybrid frame is used. The cast steel steering head is joined to the cast aluminium swingarm pivot area by steel tubing to give the required levels of strength, rigidity and flexibility precisely where they are needed.</p> <p>
<img class='wp-image-200201 size-medium' src='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-300x172.jpg' alt='Yamaha MTX850 - Presumably the triple-cylinder mill is borrowed from the MT-09 motorcycle' width='300' height='172' srcset='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-300x172.jpg 300w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-160x92.jpg 160w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-768x439.jpg 768w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-1024x586.jpg 1024w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-734x420.jpg 734w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-1469x840.jpg 1469w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-640x366.jpg 640w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-1280x732.jpg 1280w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-681x389.jpg 681w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4-1362x779.jpg 1362w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-4.jpg 1920w' sizes='(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px' /></p> <h5 style='text-align: left;'><strong>847 cc, 3-cylinder, CP3 engine</strong></h5> <p style='text-align: left;'>The Niken’s torque-rich 847 cc, 3-cylinder engine has been developed from the outstandingly successful design used in Yamaha’s MT-09 and Tracer 900 models. Smoother fuel injection settings are used along with an an 18 per cent heavier crank.</p> <p>
</p> <h5 style='text-align: left;'><img class='alignnone wp-image-200204 size-medium' src='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-300x223.jpg' alt='' width='300' height='223' srcset='https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-300x223.jpg 300w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-143x106.jpg 143w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-768x571.jpg 768w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-1024x761.jpg 1024w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-565x420.jpg 565w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-1130x840.jpg 1130w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-80x60.jpg 80w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-160x120.jpg 160w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-100x75.jpg 100w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-200x150.jpg 200w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-180x135.jpg 180w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-238x178.jpg 238w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-476x356.jpg 476w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-640x476.jpg 640w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-1280x951.jpg 1280w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-681x506.jpg 681w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7-1362x1012.jpg 1362w, https://www.mcnews.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/2018-Yamaha-MTX850-Detail-7.jpg 1920w' sizes='(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px' /><strong>Fully adjustable rear suspension</strong></h5> <p style='text-align: left;'>The Niken’s rear suspension offers full adjustability for preload, compression and rebound damping, enabling you to set it up to suit varying conditions, and for convenience the preload can be set without the need for tools.</p> <p>
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2018 NIKEN
Engine type 3-cylinder, 4-stroke, 4-valves, liquid-cooled, DOHC
Displacement 847 cc
Bore x stroke 78.0 x 59.1 mm
Compression ratio 11.5 : 1
Maximum power 84.6 kW (115.0PS) @ 10,000 rpm
Maximum torque 87.5 Nm (8.9 kgf+m) @ 8,500 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Clutch type Wet, Multiple Disc
Carburettor Fuel Injection
Ignition system TCI
Transmission system Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain
Frame Diamond
Front suspension system Double upside down telescopic forks
Front travel 110 mm
Caster angle 20º
Trail 74 mm
Rear suspension system Swingarm, Link type suspension
Rear travel 125 mm
Front brake Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 298 mm (dual front wheels)
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 282 mm
Front tyres 120/70 R 15
Rear tyre 190/55 R 17
Overall length 2,150 mm
Overall width 885 mm
Overall height 1,250 mm
Seat height 820 mm
Wheelbase 1,510 mm
Track 410 mm
Min. ground clearance 150 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 263 kg
Fuel tank capacity 18 litres
Oil tank capacity 3.4 litres
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