What you need to know

Motorcycle Monthly - - Launch Report -

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.

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