RIDE THE REVOLUTION.
2018 Yamaha NIKEN Review on Total Motorcycle:
This large-displacement Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW) is powered by a liquid-cooled in-line 3-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 of winding roads. The body design makes full use of the unprecedented front-end suspension mechanisms pairing 15-inch front wheels with dual-tube upside-down forks to 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.
• Length x Width x Height = 2,150 mm x 885 mm x 1,250 mm
• Engine type = Liquid-cooled 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve
• Cylinder arrangement = In-line 3-cylinder
• Fuel supply system = Fuel injection
New Yamaha NIKEN. Ride the Revolution
2018 Yamaha NIKEN Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
- Totally new concept in the motorcycle industry
- Unique corner carving abilities
- Feelings of front end grip, confidence and braking
- Radical, bold and unique design
- Advanced leaning multi-wheel technology
- Deep lean angle, maximum 45 degrees
- Ackerman steering, double upside down front forks
- Around 50:50 weight distribution with rider
- Fully adjustable rear suspension
- 847 cc, 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC CP3 engine
- TCS, QSS, A&S clutch, D-MODE, Cruise Control
- Hybrid steel and aluminium frame
2018 Yamaha NIKEN Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
Carve with confidence
The key to the NIKEN’s outstanding sports and touring performance is its high-tech front end. With its dual leaning front wheels, this unique
design creates a large contact patch with the road, giving many advantages. When you lean the NIKEN you’ll experience a natural, planted feeling that gives added handling confidence – both through fast corners and also riding on a wide range of road surfaces in the wet or dry. And as you’d expect with such an advanced motorcycle, the NIKEN is fully equipped with a wide range of electronic control technology including YCC-T, D-MODE, Cruise Control and TCS – as well as an A&S clutch and Quick Shifter.
New leaning multi wheel (LMW) technology
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.
Bold and futuristic design
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.
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.
847 cc, 3-cylinder, CP3 engine
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. Special fuel injection settings are used to achieve strong performance in twisty and challenging riding situations – and a new crank design gives excellent driveability and smooth starts.
Sports cowl with dual LED headlights
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 to enhance the bold and futuristic looks.
Deep 45 degree bank angle
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, to give you a new experience in corner carving.
2018 Yamaha NIKEN – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $ USD
See 2019 Yamaha NIKEN – New model (USA)
2018 Yamaha NIKEN – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $ CDN
2018 Yamaha NIKEN – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
3-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves
Bore x stroke
78.0 mm x 59.1 mm
11.5 : 1
84.6 kW (115.0PS) @ 10,000 rpm
Limited power version
87.5 Nm (8.9 kgf+m) @ 8,500 rpm
Wet, Multiple Disc
Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Front suspension system
Rear suspension system
Swingarm, (Link type suspension)
Hydraulic Disk, Ø 298 mm
Hydraulic single disc, Ø 282 mm
120/70 R 15
190/55 R 17
Dual front tyres
Minimum ground clearance
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)
Fuel tank capacity
Oil tank capacity
Manufacturer Specifications and appearance are subject to change without prior notice on Total Motorcycle (TMW).