TURNS HAVE NO SEASONS.
2019 Yamaha NIKEN GT:
Fitted with a range of touring equipment, this Leaning Multi‑Wheeler brings added long distance functionality and comfort.
Yamaha is a company that thrives on creativity, always looking toward the future in the quest to develop original, exciting technology and radical new concepts. The launch of the NIKEN GT, with its innovative three-wheel, leaning design, demonstrates the company’s commitment to innovation. It’s another example of how Yamaha “Revs Your Heart” with its exciting and diverse range of models.
For high levels of comfort, control and enjoyment, the NIKEN GT features a high screen, as well as heated grips and a luxury comfort seat. Side cases and a rear carrier base give plenty of luggage potential; and, for added functionality, the GT comes equipped with a main stand and two 12V outlets.
Offering intense feelings of front-end grip with outstanding handling, the NIKEN inspires confidence in every rider. And its ability to carve efficiently through the most challenging corners has to be experienced to be believed.
Now Yamaha are taking this daring new concept into new territory, with the NIKEN GT. Featuring increased weather protection from the higher screen, together with a comfort seat, side cases, heated grips and more, this cutting-edge Sport Tourer gives you the ability to master the most challenging road conditions and stay comfortable in adverse weather.
Corner carving, touring or weekends away, this new generation Sport Tourer gives you premium comfort, with class-leading control and maximum enjoyment, whatever the season.
///LEANING MULTI-WHEEL TECHNOLOGY
The NIKEN GT’s unique Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) technology offers very sporty and confident handling characteristics, combined with enhanced feelings of stability and grip when cornering and braking in a wide range of surface conditions.
///BOLD, FUTURISTIC DESIGN
The NIKEN GT’s muscular and athletic body design clearly shows that this innovative new three-wheel Yamaha is made for energetic riding. The twin front wheels form the focal point from which the futuristic cowl and integrated fuel tank flow, giving a unique, mass-forward look that emphasizes NIKEN GT’s bold and unique profile.
The NIKEN GT utilizes a specially-developed version of Yamaha’s popular 847 cc, crossplane-concept, three-cylinder CP3 engine, offering plenty of power and rich torque. Other sport-minded features such as fully adjustable rear suspension and twin, 298 mm front disc brakes are blended on the NIKEN GT with perks like standard side cases, heated grips, a taller windscreen and a touring seat.
2019 Yamaha NIKEN GT Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
- Revolutionary Leaning Multi-Wheel Chassis
The NIKEN™ GT LMW chassis is an exclusive motorcycle control system that provides unparalleled rider confidence across a wide range of road conditions. With two front tires leaning in unison, the NIKEN doubles the amount of available grip for exceptional stopping power, cornering confidence, rider comfort and impeccable road manners—all while maintaining natural steering feel.
- New NIKEN GT Package
The new NIKEN GT combines the revolutionary LMW chassis with a range of luxury touring accessories to creating the ultimate cornering package, with improved comfort, practicality and flexibility.
- Radical Styling
NIKEN GT doesn’t look like anything on the road because it isn’t like anything else on the road. Graceful curves highlight the mass-forward design to show off the unique LMW system, combining futuristic technology with flowing, organic style.
- Powerful Inline Triple
Derived from the award-winning MT-09™, the advanced CP3® inline 3-cylinder motor uses Yamaha’s full range of performance technology to produce exceptional torque with linear power delivery. This results in a flexible, responsive powerplant that combines the best aspects of both 2- and 4-cylinder motors while remaining light, slim and compact.
- Advanced Rider Aids
NIKEN GT features a complete range of technologies to boost rider confidence and performance, including Yamaha’s ride-by-wire throttle system, adjustable throttle mapping, traction control and ABS. Riders also enjoy the convenience of a factory quick shifter and integrated cruiser control.
Yamaha Introduces New 2019 NIKEN GT Leaning Multi-Wheel Motorcycle
Company’s Sport Touring Lineup Expands for the Roads of Life
Cypress, CA – November 5, 2018 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), today introduced the NIKEN GT Leaning Multi-Wheel (LMW) motorcycle as a more touring-focused version of the previously released NIKEN. Featuring a pair of locking quick-release 25-liter ABS side cases, a wider and taller touring windscreen, comfort seat, heated grips and more, the new NIKEN GT offers riders the pleasure of cornering confidence combined with comfort and convenience for longer rides.
More options for the Roads of Life
Yamaha has always been committed to creating innovative and exciting designs that offer riders the best choice for their needs. Whether riding solo for the commute to work or spending weeks crossing the continent with a passenger and luggage, Yamaha’s Sport Touring motorcycles provide a world of opportunity to make memories that will last a lifetime. Combining outstanding sport performance, all-around versatility and serious long-distance ability, Yamaha’s Sport Touring lineup is designed to appeal to a wide range of riders who are looking to enjoy the many new experiences, places, and people that they will discover when traveling the Roads of Life.
New NIKEN GT: Turns have no seasons
The NIKEN’s Leaning Multi-Wheel concept is designed to master adverse conditions, making it ideally suited to all-weather, four-season riding on the most challenging mountain roads. Fitted with a range of specialized equipment, the new NIKEN GT brings added functionality to the LMW concept by offering increased long-distance touring capabilities together with elevated levels of rider and passenger comfort.
The NIKEN GT’s wider and taller touring windscreen gives greater upper body protection from the wind and weather, and the specially designed comfort seat enhances the sport touring experience for both the rider and passenger. Premium quality quick-release 25-liter ABS side cases are light, compact, lockable, and easy to handle. For added convenience, the rear of the carrier base features integrated passenger grips.
Heated grips ensure riding comfort in all weather conditions, while the all-LCD instrument display keeps the rider informed of the warmth level. There’s also an extra 12-volt outlet to power or charge various electronic devices. The NIKEN GT model also comes fitted with a centerstand that facilitates convenient parking, chain maintenance, and tire inspections on longer trips.
With its innovative LMW design and radically styled bodywork, the NIKEN GT is always going to be the center of attention wherever it travels.
NIKEN GT Exclusive Features
- All-weather four-season long-distance Sport Tourer
- Touring windscreen
- Comfort seat
- Heated grips
- Lockable, quick-release 25-liter ABS side cases
- Rear carrier base with passenger grip
- Second 12-volt DC outlet
NIKEN GT and NIKEN Key Features
- Radical and bold Leaning Multi-Wheel design is most advanced and unique in the Sport Touring class
- Unrivaled corner carving experience
- Front end grip provides confidence for less stress and more fun
- Deep lean angle, maximum 45 degrees
- Ackerman steering, double upside down front forks
- Fully adjustable rear suspension
- 847cc, 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC CP3 engine
- TCS, QSS, A&S clutch, D-MODE, Cruise Control
- Hybrid steel and aluminum frame
2019 Yamaha NIKEN GT Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
- Advanced 3-Cylinder Engine
Derived from the award-winning MT-09, the NIKEN GT features a thrilling 847cc liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder motor packing a range of advanced technologies. With DOHC heads, an oversquare 78mm x 59.1mm bore and stroke and 11.5:1 compression ratio, NIKEN GT delivers an exciting, torquey character, refined with additional crankshaft inertia for smooth starts.
- Crossplane Concept CP3 Engine
By utilizing the naturally smooth firing order and power characteristics of the 3-cylinder motor, Yamaha’s CP3 engine produces extremely linear torque with an excellent feeling of connection between the throttle grip and engine. To boost refinement and improve rider and passenger comfort, the motor features a geared counterbalancer to minimize engine vibration. This results in a responsive powerplant that combines the best aspects of both 2- and 4-cylinder motors while still light, slim and compact.
- Advanced Yamaha Engine Technology
The CP3 engine uses forged ‘fracture-split’ connecting rods, where the big-end ring of a connecting rod is split in two to create a more precise mating surface when they are bolted together again around the crankshaft. The cylinder block is offset towards the front wheel, to reduce piston force against the cylinder walls, improving efficiency. And the cylinder boars are plated with a ceramic composite for excellent durability and heat transfer.
- Unique Staggered Intake Funnels
To provide a broad spread of torque and a unique intake sound, the airbox intake funnels have been designed with three uneven lengths. This combines with the fuel injection system and cylinder head design to deliver a torque, flexible engine character.
- Assist And Slipper Clutch
Yamaha’s assist and slipper clutch gives the rider smoother, more confident downshifts when entering corners aggressively, as well as a lighter pull effort at the level in day-to-day riding, all while easily handling the torque of the NIKEN GT’s high-output motor.
- Compact 6-Speed Transmission
The transmission harnesses, the low-to-mid-range torque and excellent response characteristics of the inline 3-cylinder engine to give riders ideal gearing ratios for any type of riding. The 6-speed transmission also features staggered input shafts in a triangular layout, to reduce overall engine size and further centralize mass.
- Mass-Centralized 3-Into-1 Exhaust System
The NIKEN GT utilizes a compact three-into-one exhaust system with midship muffler. Not only does this layout centralize mass for sharper handling, the headers feature SixONy™, a hard-wearing ceramic nano- film coating that looks great while resisting both exhaust heat and the elements. Featuring a short, slash-cut exhaust outlet, the NIKEN GT howls with a sweet 3-cylinder exhaust note, too.
- Advanced YCC-T® Engine Control
The ride-by-wire Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) system senses the slightest throttle input by the rider, relays the data to the ECU, which instantaneously calculates the ideal throttle valve opening based on engine rpm and throttle opening, and then sends commands to a servo-motor actuator that moves the throttle valve which actively controls the intake airflow volume. This technology contributes to the rider’s feeling of torque and controllability from the 3-cylinder engine.
- Selectable D-MODE
The NIKEN GT features Yamaha’s D-Mode system to allow the rider to choose the optimum engine character for their riding situation and preferences. The rider can choose from three throttle valve control maps for different throttle response characteristics at the push of a button.
- Adjustable Traction Control System
A Traction Control System (TCS) assists the rider in managing traction on various road conditions by quickly modulating throttle opening, ignition timing and fuel volume. The NIKEN GT TCS includes two modes to suit various road conditions, and can also be disabled by the rider if they so choose.
- Cruise Control System
The NIKEN GT includes a cruiser control powered by the YCC-T. Using the left handlebar switchgear, the rider can easily select or adjust a set speed to ease long-distance touring on the highway, improving rider comfort.
- Factory Quick Shifter
NIKEN GT comes standard with Yamaha’s Quick Shift System (QSS), which allows on-throttle upshifting without the clutch, for smooth, fast shifts with minimal loss of drive.
- High Tech Instrumentation
A high contract all-LCD display provides a clear display of engine and road speed, electronic systems such as traction control and D-Mode, fuel reserve trip meter, economy and more.
- Class-Defying Leaning Multi-Wheel Chassis
Yamaha’s advanced LMW (Leaning Multi-Wheel) chassis is the result of countless hours of engieering and testing to create a unique motorcycle control system that provides unparalleled rider confidence no matter what the road conditions. With two front tires leaning in unison the NIKEN GT doubles the amount of available grip for exceptional stopping power, cornering and rider comfort, especially over uneven and poor road conditions.
- Unique Double-Tube/Dual-Axis Steering Design
The radical front end of thge NIKEN GT uses paired fork tubes for each front wheel and steering linkages to provide ideal steering geometry and natural steering feel. The system turns and leans like a conventional motorcycle, but with twice the front tire grip. And, like other Yamaha sportbikes, this system provides adjustable compression and rebound damping for a highly tunable ride.
- Compact, Sporty Design
Front wheel track is only 16.1 inches, making NIKEN GT no wider than traditional motorcycles and ideal for congested, urban riding conditions, with maximum lean angle at an impressive 45 degrees. With a rider aboard, NIKEN offers a perfect 50/50 weight distribution for neutral handling. And the seat design, fuel tank width, and other dimensions are all set to work with the qualities of the compact 3-cylinder engine to achieve a sporty handling character, an upright riding position and a narrow body at the seat/tank junction.
- Hybrid Frame Design
Connecting the LMW system to the rear wheel is an all-new hybrid frame that utilizes steel castings and tubes with a lightweight aluminum swingarm pivot area and swingarm. Balanced for rigidity and steering response, the NIKEN GT chassis provides superb handling and natural steering feel.
- Adjustable Horizontal Monocross® Shock
The rear suspension features a linkage-type Monocross® shock, mounted below the seat with an almost horizontal alignment. This unique positioning contributes to mass centralization and a slimmer body design. The rear suspension is also fully adjustable for spring preload as well as compression and rebound damping.
- High Performance Tires
NIKEN GT uses paired 15-inch lightweight allow wheels with LMW-specific 120/70R15 tires. Developed in concert with the chassis, these tires feature sportbike-style profiles and construction, for high levels of grip, wear resistance and wet-road capability. Out back, the rear wheel mounts a massive 190/55R17 rear tires for a combination of style and traction.
- Powerful Triple Disc Brakes With ABS
Mounted outside of each front wheel are disc brakes with four-piston radial calipers, matched to a large rear disc brake, complete with Yamaha’s responsive ABS. With paired front tires and the security of ABS, NIKEN GT riders are able to brake with confidence across a huge range of road conditions.
- New NIKEN GT Package
The NIKEN GT combines the revolutionary LMW chassis with a range of luxury touring features to create the ultimate cornering package. The GT model comes standard with a wider, taller touring screen, plusher rider and passenger saddles, and integrated heated grips for improved protection and comfort. The NIKEN GT includes a pair of locking, quick-release saddlebags, a passenger grab rail ready to mount additional luggage, and a pair of 12-volt DC outlets for charging accessories. Finally, a centerstand eases maintenance and loading.
- Aggressive, Mass-Forward Profile
Highlighting the unique LMW system and all-new riding experience, the NIKEN GT presents a muscular and aggressive appearance unlike anything else on the road today. The front suspension systems are proudly displayed, while the body curves to a graceful and sleek tail section.
- LED Lighting
Dual LED headlights present a furious glare at the road ahead, but match style with function, providing a huge spread of crisp illumination for excellent visibility. Position lighting, mirror-mounted turn signals and brake lights likewise use LED technology, for bright, long-lasting performance and modern style.
- High Quality Finish
The NIKEN GT fuel tank is gracefully curved to provide a narrow midsection, and uses the same lightweight alloy found in the YZF- R1® and R6® fuel tanks for reduced weight. Paint and surface finishes are selected to highlight the technical nature of the LMW chassis as well as for long-lasting durability.
- Comfortable, Upright Ergonomics
With upright ergonomics and a slightly forward lean, the NIKEN GT rider is ready to attack corners or cruise down the highway with equal comfort. The tapered aluminum handlebar, placement of the seat and footpegs, and narrow midsection create excellent rider feel. Upgraded comfort saddles on the NIKEN GT boost both rider and passenger comfort, too, ideal for longer tours.
2019 Yamaha NIKEN GT – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $17299 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $20999 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
Australia MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in AU
Engine Type 847cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder; 12 valves
Bore x Stroke 78.0mm x 59.1mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel Injection with YCC-T
Transmission 6-speed; multiplate assist and slipper wet clutch
Final Drive Chain
Suspension / Front 43mm/41mm LMW dual tube fork, adjustable rebound and compression damping; 4.3-in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock, adjustable preload (w/remote adjuster) and rebound damping; 4.9-in travel
Brakes / Front Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm; ABS
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 282mm; ABS
Tires / Front Dual 120/70R15
Tires / Rear 190/55R17
L x W x H 84.6 in x 34.8 in x 56.1 in
Seat Height 32.9 in
Wheelbase 59.4 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 20.0°
Trail 2.9 in
Wheel Track 16.1 in
Clearance 5.9 in
Maximum Lean Angle 45.0°
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gal
Fuel Economy** TBD
Wet Weight*** TBD
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color Matte Phantom Blue
*** Wet weight includes the vehicle with all standard equipment and all fluids, including oil, coolant (as
applicable) and a full tank of fuel. It does not include the weight of options or accessories. Wet weight is
useful in making real-world comparisons with other models.
2019 Yamaha NIKEN GT – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details
|Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 12-valves (4 valves/cyl.), inline three-cylinder|
|Bore and Stroke|
|78 x 59.1 mm|
|8.9 kg-m (64.3 ft-lbs.) @ 8,500 rpm|
|YCC-T, D-Mode (3 settings), traction control, cruise control|
|Mikuni 41 mm throttle body F.I.|
|Estimated Fuel Consumption±|
|18.6 kpl / 52.5 mpg (Imp.)|
|Ignition / Starting|
|TCI / Electric|
|43/41 mm LMW dual-tube inverted fork / 109 mm (4.3 in.) wheel travel|
|Adjustable link-type, single shock / 124 mm (4.9 in.) wheel travel|
|Dual 298 mm discs / ABS-equipped|
|282 mm disc / ABS-equipped|
|2,150 mm (84.6″)|
|885 mm (34.8″)|
|1,435 mm (56.1 in.)|
|1,510 mm (59.4 in.)|
|Rake / Trail|
|20° / 74 mm (2.9 in.)|
|150 mm (5.9 in.)|
|835 mm (32.9 in.)|
|18 litres (4.8 imp. gallons)|
|267 kg (588 lb.)|
2019 Yamaha NIKEN GT – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
3-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves
Bore x stroke
78.0 mm x 59.1 mm
11.5 : 1
84.6kW (115.0PS) @ 10,000 rpm
87.5Nm (8.9kgf+m) @ 8,500 rpm
Wet, Multiple Disc
Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Front suspension system
Double upside down telescopic forks
Rear suspension system
(Link type suspension)
Hydraulic Double Disc, Ø298 mm
Hydraulic single disc, Ø282 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
2019 Yamaha NIKEN GT – Totalmotorcycle.com Australian Specifications/Technical Details
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