What you need to know
Where’s that name from?
Meaning ‘two swords’ in Japanese, the word Niken originates from 17th century Japan when the two-sword style of swordsmanship was first invented. It proved revolutionary and marked the beginning of a new era in combat.
Who can ride it?
Unlike other three-wheelers – the high-performance Yamaha Niken can only be ridden on a full motorcycle licence.
Who’s it aimed at?
Interestingly, Yamaha hasn’t really done any specific market research on who’s going to buy the Niken – but, there are three main groups it reckons could be tempted. There are the innovators, who are always looking to get their hands on the latest tech. Then there are the expert riders, who are looking for a tool to help them get the most out of riding. And finally, there’s function oriented riders, who are looking for extra confidence and stability.
What’s it going to cost?
It’s not going to cost as much as you might think – setting you back £13,499. Yamaha has been purposefully aggressive with its pricing strategy to try and convert as many motorcyclists as possible.