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Sun Jan 06, 2019 2:46 am quote
It's here and being reviewed in the Los Angeles Times:

https://goo.gl/6BffMz

Yamaha's 3-wheel Niken is an exceptional motorcycle. Maybe too exceptional
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Sun Jan 06, 2019 6:37 am quote
The first run was available by pre-sale only. My local dealer apparently did get one (which surprised me), but as it was pre-sold, it was already gone.

I think I read that Yamaha is talking about making it a full production bike (the Niken GT), but I can't cite a source for that...

Edit: Looks like the GT is being sold the same way, by reservation only:

https://www.cycleworld.com/yamaha-debuts-2019-niken-gt

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Mon Jan 14, 2019 10:21 am quote
UK Niken Trike ?.
Hi.

Would it be possible to change the front suspension legs over. Offside to near side and vice versa with a view to widen the track.

If 460mm plus could be achieved presumably it might be re-classed as a trike in the UK.

If a crashed/written off Niken came along it would make an interesting project. One of my friends suggested wheel spacers but they might be too wide.

Suggestions would be appreciated.

Regards. Granty.
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Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:09 pm quote
looks really familiar

https://i.imgur.com/vEZiOnM.jpg

niken front end.jpg

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Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:10 am quote
Re: UK Niken Trike ?.
granty wrote:
Hi.

Would it be possible to change the front suspension legs over. Offside to near side and vice versa with a view to widen the track.

If 460mm plus could be achieved presumably it might be re-classed as a trike in the UK.

If a crashed/written off Niken came along it would make an interesting project. One of my friends suggested wheel spacers but they might be too wide.

Suggestions would be appreciated.

Regards. Granty.
Hi.

Just realized, spacers would'nt work without changing the legs over.

Regards.
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Tue Jan 15, 2019 1:20 pm quote
granty wrote:
Would it be possible to change the front suspension legs over. Offside to near side and vice versa with a view to widen the track.

If 460mm plus could be achieved presumably it might be re-classed as a trike in the UK.
Why go to all that trouble, expense, and uncertainty rather than just getting a motorcycle license?
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Wed Jan 16, 2019 1:34 am quote
Dooglas wrote:
granty wrote:
Would it be possible to change the front suspension legs over. Offside to near side and vice versa with a view to widen the track.

If 460mm plus could be achieved presumably it might be re-classed as a trike in the UK.
Why go to all that trouble, expense, and uncertainty rather than just getting a motorcycle license?
I passed my M/C test back in the dark ages 'just go round the block a couple of times, and i'll stand here and watch you' .. It's a lot more involved and expensive nowadays, probably costs about £600 to £700 if you want to hop on an 850cc
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Wed Jan 16, 2019 3:21 am quote
Hi all.

I'm now 75 years young and started biking about four years ago. Started on MP 3s and would have still been on one if I hadn't got myself a unreliable one that became a maintenance headache.

I'm now on a CB 125 F and to be honest I feel as if Im a hinderance at times to other motorists, going uphill and into wind. Im frequently tailgated by the minority.

I have to display L plates, can't go on motorways or take an unqualified pillion.

In the spring of this year Im going back to Piaggio and give the MP 3 another go. Im going for a 500 Sport or HPE.

Currently I wont need to display L plates, I'll be able carry a pillion passenger and travel on motorways.

Whoopee. Regards.
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Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:14 am quote
granty wrote:
Hi all.

I'm now 75 years young and started biking about four years ago. Started on MP 3s and would have still been on one if I hadn't got myself a unreliable one that became a maintenance headache.

I'm now on a CB 125 F and to be honest I feel as if Im a hinderance at times to other motorists, going uphill and into wind. Im frequently tailgated by the minority.

I have to display L plates, can't go on motorways or take an unqualified pillion.

In the spring of this year Im going back to Piaggio and give the MP 3 another go. Im going for a 500 Sport or HPE.

Currently I wont need to display L plates, I'll be able carry a pillion passenger and travel on motorways.

Whoopee. Regards.
Can I recommend you check out the Peugeot Metropolis 400, it's what i'm going with next (sick and tired of the notchy bearing thing on MP3s)
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Wed Jan 16, 2019 4:30 am quote
fleece wrote:
granty wrote:
Hi all.

I'm now 75 years young and started biking about four years ago. Started on MP 3s and would have still been on one if I hadn't got myself a unreliable one that became a maintenance headache.

I'm now on a CB 125 F and to be honest I feel as if Im a hinderance at times to other motorists, going uphill and into wind. Im frequently tailgated by the minority.

I have to display L plates, can't go on motorways or take an unqualified pillion.

In the spring of this year Im going back to Piaggio and give the MP 3 another go. Im going for a 500 Sport or HPE.

Currently I wont need to display L plates, I'll be able carry a pillion passenger and travel on motorways.

Whoopee. Regards.
Can I recommend you check out the Peugeot Metropolis 400, it's what i'm going with next (sick and tired of the notchy bearing thing on MP3s)
Hi.

Interesting one that. Four hundred cc and maybe a better reliability record. Im going to read the reviews now. Thanks for the info. (Had the notch issue on my first MP 3)
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Wed Jan 16, 2019 5:51 am quote
I tried one last year, along with a 300cc Yourban, the Pug won hands down IMO

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Thu Jan 17, 2019 3:19 am quote
fleece wrote:
I tried one last year, along with a 300cc Yourban, the Pug won hands down IMO
Hi.

Iv'e had a look at some videos and read the reviews on the Metropolis and it's looking good for a purchase.

I like some of the spec a lot. It gets away at a decent pace. Ideal for keeping up with traffic flow and getting yourself out of trouble when needed.

What caught my eye straight away was the step through without any obstruction down the middle, and the foot brake pedal well forward out of the way of your right foot.

Very interesting.

Regards.
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Tue Apr 09, 2019 10:30 am quote
On my drive home tonight, I passed a Niken. Thought it was an MP3 at first, but then realized the dual xenon light setup. Wish it was a little brighter and had my radio turned down so I could hear it when it passed. Looked pretty impressive though to see it in the wild.
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Wed Apr 10, 2019 10:27 am quote
Standard Niken already out of production
Its cool you saw one in the "wild". Too bad Yamaha already announced the Niken production run has already ceased. Apparently Yamaha is now making a single run of the Niken GT as well. Consequently, both models will end up being collectors' bikes. To be honest, I was hoping to buy a used one at a fair price. Not much chance of that now.
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Wed Apr 10, 2019 4:35 pm quote
If you can get EuroSport or similar TV coverage the marshals in some of the Cycling races are using Nikens' particularly in the Italian races. They do look the goods and have all of the MP3 benefits of two front contact patches, but the do look huge front on.

No bigger than a Harley or an Indian dresser, but that's still pretty big.
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Tue Aug 20, 2019 2:31 pm quote
turbo niken
it had to happen
search youtube : Yamaha Niken Turbo - BIKE ME!



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yewReN9YmM
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Wed Aug 21, 2019 7:42 am quote
Anyone watch the Tour de France this summer? A bunch of the chase bikes were Nikkens. I thought they were MP3s like in past years, but the I noticed the wide double struts.

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Sat Aug 24, 2019 3:25 pm quote
another turbo niken. this one being throgged on a track. looks like a beast.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tX88LTmxR2M


TEST : Yamaha Niken Turbo (english subtitles)
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Fri Aug 30, 2019 2:35 pm quote
new200guy wrote:
On my drive home tonight, I passed a Niken. Thought it was an MP3 at first, but then realized the dual xenon light setup. Wish it was a little brighter and had my radio turned down so I could hear it when it passed. Looked pretty impressive though to see it in the wild.
Yea! I saw one also. Badassed Bike!!!!
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Sat Aug 31, 2019 1:08 am quote
I had the chance to sit on one. Way too tall for me. My inseam is 30" and the Niken is about 33 or 34". Can barely hold it up with one leg. Damn I hate being short. I know in Japan you can have a procedure done where they break your legs and extend them by up to about 2.4". $100000 to have it done if you need a bit more height.
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Sat Aug 31, 2019 4:03 am quote
new200guy wrote:
I had the chance to sit on one. Way too tall for me. My inseam is 30" and the Niken is about 33 or 34". Can barely hold it up with one leg. Damn I hate being short. I know in Japan you can have a procedure done where they break your legs and extend them by up to about 2.4". $100000 to have it done if you need a bit more height.
I'm sure they would be able to lower that bike on request ! No need to break your legs over it !
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Sun Sep 01, 2019 9:12 am quote
honestly, i am not sure how much you could lower it. it was quite high for me. so disappointed when i found this out. and the throwover angle for you leg...ugh!!!
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Sun Sep 08, 2019 1:28 pm quote
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
new200guy wrote:
I had the chance to sit on one. Way too tall for me. My inseam is 30" and the Niken is about 33 or 34". Can barely hold it up with one leg. Damn I hate being short. I know in Japan you can have a procedure done where they break your legs and extend them by up to about 2.4". $100000 to have it done if you need a bit more height.
I'm sure they would be able to lower that bike on request ! No need to break your legs over it !
He just needs to think 1970's and get a pair of these.
https://images.app.goo.gl/g1ff153HTvTDmVog8

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Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:55 pm quote
WEB-Tech wrote:
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
new200guy wrote:
I had the chance to sit on one. Way too tall for me. My inseam is 30" and the Niken is about 33 or 34". Can barely hold it up with one leg. Damn I hate being short. I know in Japan you can have a procedure done where they break your legs and extend them by up to about 2.4". $100000 to have it done if you need a bit more height.
I'm sure they would be able to lower that bike on request ! No need to break your legs over it !
He just needs to think 1970's and get a pair of these.
https://images.app.goo.gl/g1ff153HTvTDmVog8

I think you`re right WEB-Tech! He`d also look good in them!
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Mon Sep 09, 2019 9:57 am quote
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
WEB-Tech wrote:
Hillbilly Fred wrote:
new200guy wrote:
I had the chance to sit on one. Way too tall for me. My inseam is 30" and the Niken is about 33 or 34". Can barely hold it up with one leg. Damn I hate being short. I know in Japan you can have a procedure done where they break your legs and extend them by up to about 2.4". $100000 to have it done if you need a bit more height.
I'm sure they would be able to lower that bike on request ! No need to break your legs over it !
He just needs to think 1970's and get a pair of these.
https://images.app.goo.gl/g1ff153HTvTDmVog8

I think you`re right WEB-Tech! He`d also look good in them!
I have had Tricity 155 for just four months but I have to say to the detractors that nothing can be removed, given that the concept of a three-wheeled vehicle, except for the different operating system, remains valid.
In my case the scooter consumes little, has a good engine, has a flat platform and the LMW system works great!
Apart from parochialism, I consider it as valid as an MP3 or other three-wheeler on the market.
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