Learn about the lean
The parallel linkage controls the lean limits of the front end, ensuring both wheels stay aligned during cornering, and offering up to 45º of lean before it hits its limit (and you scrape the pegs on the floor).
Twin USD KYB forks are mounted outside the wheels for maximum lean angle, offering 110mm of suspension travel. They work independently. Its 41mm front forks provide direction setting – and hold the wheel and brake assembly in alignment. And the 43mm rear forks provide shock absorption, with full preload, compression and rebound adjustment.
Dual front wheels
The Niken uses unique 15in front wheels and specifically developed Bridgestone tyres to recreate the natural steering feel of a two-wheeled motorcycle. They help to offer high-speed stability, cornering confidence and, Yamaha claims, up to 80% more grip.
What is Ackermann geometry?
In simple terms, Ackermann geometry means that the inner wheel must follow a tighter radius than the outer wheel, like on a car. It works to create a natural motorcycle feeling in all conditions – by allowing each wheel to independently track the required radius without slip or scrubbing, ensuring the Niken holds its line and doesn’t drift wide.