EICMA 2018: 2019 Yamaha Niken GT Leaning Motorcycle Unveiled


The three-wheeled 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is mechanically similar to the standard model but gets additional equipment which make it a better touring motorcycle.




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The new Yamaha Niken GT has gotten more comfortable and suitable for longer commutes.

We first saw the Yamaha Niken three-wheeled motorcycle last year at EICMA and this year, the new Yamaha Niken GT that’s been unveiled at the 2018 EICMA in Milan, Italy has definitely gotten more comfortable and suitable for longer commutes. Instantly noticeable are the 25-litre panniers which also feature grab handles for the rear passengers and has a 12-volt outlet to charge a smartphone or any other gadget. The 2019 Niken GT also gets a centre stand unlike the standard Niken. Moreover, it gets a taller windscreen, wider seats and heated handle bar grips.


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Mechanically the 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is similar to the standard three-wheeled Niken. It is also based on the Yamaha MT-09 and has two 15-inch wheels with modified cycle parts which help it lean at corners. The wheels are connected to the frame with two separate pairs of inverted forks which allow the Niken GT to lean through corners just like a regular two-wheeler. It is powered by the same 847cc in-line three-cylinder engine which is seen in the MT-09. The engine develops 114 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of peak torque at 8500 rpm. The 2019 Yamaha Niken GT is equipped with a standard slip and assist clutch, quickshifter and three-mode traction control. It also gets cruise control which is effective from fourth gear and over the speed of 50 kmph.

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The Niken was the first three-wheeled motorcycle from Yamaha and as radical it may look, Yamaha is sure about this design and is planning more such motorcycles. Earlier, the company had also acquired the leaning three-wheeler designs and concepts from a Norwegian firm called Brudeli. The Yamaha Niken is already on sale in some of the international markets like the UK and US for $ 15,999. However, the company as of now is producing the Niken in limited numbers and has similar plans even for the 2019 Niken GT.

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Yamaha Niken Leaning Three-Wheeler Prices Announced In The UK


Yamaha has announced the price in the UK of the radical leaning three-wheeler which we have been seeing around motor shows for the most part of a year now. The Yamaha Niken is now available at a price of GBP 13,499 (roughly around ₹ 12.39 lakh) in the UK. The Niken can be ordered online in Britain and customers will receive an email confirmation of a temporary allocation if the Niken is available. Then, customers can visit a Yamaha dealer within 14 days to confirm and finalise the purchase process.

The Yamaha Niken is based on the Yamaha MT-09, sharing the same in-line three-cylinder, 847 cc engine, which makes 114 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of peak torque at 8,500 rpm. The difference is, of course, in the cycle parts, and the fact that the Niken employs a radically different leaning front end with two wheels. And that has led to considerable gain in weight as well. While the MT-09 tips the scales at 193 kg kerb weight, the Niken is considerably heavier, at 263 kg. But it’s expected to be quite the performer, when compared to any other three-wheeled motorcycle available in the market right now.

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The Yamaha Niken has no real competitor right now

Also Read: Yamaha Buys Patent For Brudeli Leanster

Yamaha seems to be betting big on the three-wheeled side of things, acquiring patents for a little known Norwegian brand called Brudeli, which is also in the business of designing and developing leaning three-wheelers, based on a KTM 690 Supermoto engine, and gearbox. The Yamaha top boss has been vocal about the ongoing development and R&D of more three-wheeled machines, so looks like we’ll get to see more of these leaning three-wheelers from Yamaha in the near future. So far, Yamaha seems to have taken the lead in a completely new segment of motorcycles – the leaning three-wheeler.

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Now, coming to the price, the Yamaha Niken has no real competitors to make a fair judgement of if it’s been priced well, or if it’s slightly on the higher side. Compared to the Yamaha MT-09, priced at GBP 8,499 (which retails at ₹ 9.55 lakh in India), the Niken does seem to be a little pricey, but it does get the radical new leaning three-wheeled technology. And with limited numbers available, it remains to be seen how the Yamaha Niken is accepted in the market. Our guess is, it will sell out soon!

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