Little did we know about what Yamaha has under one of its sheets at the 2017 Tokyo Motor Show. The Japanese firm revealed its 3-wheeler machine called the ‘Niken’.
Three years ago Yamaha showcased its 3-wheeler concept which was codenamed as the MWT-09. But since then not much information about the same have been available. We were aware of the fact that Yamaha was working on that concept but nothing about its progress was known. Well, until now.
The Niken is a high-capacity 3-wheeler which can lean in corners like some vehicle that we usually see in a Sci-Fi movie. The engine powering this weird yet beautiful machine is going to be a 3-cylinder one which has already been used in the Yamaha MT-09. The letters ‘CP3’ engraved on the side of the engine gives away this information.
According to Yamaha’s latest press release about the Niken, ‘This large-displacement Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW) is powered by a liquid-cooled, in-line, three-cylinder engine. This model is equipped with LMW technology to reduce the eﬀects of changing ride environments and to deliver 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 on winding roads. The body design makes full use of the unprecedented front-end suspension mechanism, pairing 15-inch front wheels with dual-tube upside-down forks that visually accentuate the machine’s sporty performance and create a high-quality look and feel at the same time. New Yamaha NIKEN. Ride the Revolution.’
It’s indeed a revolution. No other details regarding this are currently available. We’re expecting Yamaha to give out more details during the EICMA show in Milan next month.