Innovations in motorcycle construction have always been discussed HEIB. What began with ABS in the early nineties, continued in the two thousands in the slip control: driving assistance systems were first perceived by many as an attack on self-determination. It becomes particularly hot if a new concept is pushed the idea of the motorcycle in its groundfest, as currently the electric wheel.
Like the reaction to Yamaha’s new Niken (say: Neiken), it is still more violent. Rarely has a motorcycle in advance to plug in as much HAME, such as the tricycle, ahhh that Leaning Multi Wheeler Named motorcycle of Yamaha.
Can three rade motorcycle?
All those who know a little with the Yamaha model palette may have been in demand at the first presentation of the Niken at the end of 2017, where the Japanese take the courage to take a concept. As a reminder: Already in 1993, Yamaha tried with the sports tour GTS 1000 at the first motorcycle produced in series with aerial control. And 25 years ago, the experimentation of the Japanese was punished. With only nearly 1400 specimens sold in Germany, the GTS could confidently be referred to as a flop. At that time, however, was above all the lack of maturity of the system, which did not generate real advantages and the disgountable, curvature front-wheel dimension of 130/60.
Now the engineers from Iwata try again with an extravagant front deposition. But while the GTS has been completely dispensed with the conventional approach of the telegraphed front wheel, he is even in the Niken in double execution. Two raders instead of one, four fork legs instead of two. And here begins the princess discussion. Go a motorcycle with three riders? And – much more important – can three rade motorcycle?
Much better than thought
But we first make the uptake. The Niken brings everything you need for a motorcycle. The heart stuck is an old acquaintance. In the Niken, by name, the 847 cubic centimeter rough CP3 engine from the MT-09 and the tracer 900, which was nominally one to one from the MT with 115 hp and its 87.5 nm torque. The only difference: In order to improve the driveability, the crankshaft was handled and the constitution increased by 18 percent.
The engine is spanned from a so-called hybrid frame, which is so mean because it consists of a steel grid pipe part and a stiff aluminum element for the swinging uptake. Although the framework is a new development, the ergonomics of the Niken is a current model of the Yamaha product range very similarly, even the subsignions of the triangle from the handlebars, seat and joints were taken from the sports tour Tracer 900. The only difference: The driver is placed upright and a little further back.