Here’s the patents for Yamaha’s NEXT Niken

And it’s an MT-03-pow­ered lean­ing three-wheeler!

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Here’s what we’ve been sent on the next Niken from the Ja­panese mo­tor­cy­cle man­u­fac­turer. It’s a se­ries of of­fi­cial de­signs from the fac­tory that are be­ing filed as part of a patent for the next Yamaha three-wheeler.

Two things are clear from the draw­ings; the funky two-wheeled front end is vir­tu­ally iden­ti­cal to the MT-09-pow­ered Niken three-wheeler that had it’s world launch a few weeks ago and the new bike’s pow­er­house and chas­sis, seat and petrol tank come di­rectly from the cur­rent MT-03.

In the de­signs, the small Niken has ex­tra frame parts that can be seen around the bulk of the en­gine, these are to cope with the ex­tra side-turn forces gen­er­ated by the bike’s quirky front end. Other than that, the 321cc, liq­uid-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve mo­tor, swingarm, wheels, seat and tank are all iden­ti­cal to the cur­rent learner-le­gal, 42bhp A2 friendly MT-03.

We’ve brought you many re­ports of ru­mours in Ja­pan that Yamaha has been look­ing at smaller ca­pac­ity Nikens as part of a fu­ture line-up but up un­til now, those ru­mours have fluc­tu­ated be­tween a very small ca­pac­ity 125cc MT-based ver­sion and a larger MT-07 de­rived op­tion.

With Yamaha al­ready serv­ing the small-ca­pac­ity three-wheeler mar­ket with the Tricity scooter, the small op­tion Niken looks to have been wish­ful think­ing and with these exclusive images of the MT-03pow­ered Niken the 07-ver­sion doesn’t ap­pear to be in the pipe­line any­time soon ei­ther.

The new bike’s style is mainly taken from this MT-03.

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