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Title: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: MtnRider on December 05, 2018, 03:10:09 pm
I've been watching YouTube videos of the Niken and I want one!      :great: :motonoises:  The enginerd in me says go, go, go!     :D      Yamaha says it has 80% better front end traction. Reviewers all say how great the front end grips. And I do love unique things (mostly).  It just looks like a cool vehicle to me.

Unfortunately, if I brought a second bike home I would have to sell it immediately to pay for the divorce lawyer....     ::) :truce:   :rotflmao: :rotflmao:      And I certainly won't trade the C14 in on one.

Oh well, it's good to dream.    ; :great: :beerchug:

Any one else lusting over one?

Leo
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: Buzzard on December 05, 2018, 03:25:48 pm
I've seen videos of the bike, not in person yet. It does spike the imagination. A test ride would be in order. I can see the pros. The cons: Three tires to replace, weight, complexity, and maybe a short production run. Still, if it has a motor and wheels, I'm in.
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: Bud on December 05, 2018, 03:28:57 pm
I'd love to ride one.  I'm not sure about the owning part.  +1 on what Buzzard said. :motonoises:
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: Tour1 on December 06, 2018, 03:47:00 pm
For the most part I'm not hot on anything with 3 wheels.  I can see the point of a Can-Am or even a traditional tricycle to try for an economical skid-tolerant vehicle but 3 wheel presents 3 times the frontal area of 2 wheels (unless you're on a Seque - Segg-way - whatever) and 4 wheels is only twice as much as a bike.  Makes no sense to me to go nuts trying to lean a 3-wheeler.
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: Kelly E on December 06, 2018, 03:56:07 pm
Maybe when I can't manage a regular motorcycle I would consider one. It would be way better than the other forms of tricycle I see out there.
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: Daboo on December 07, 2018, 12:08:06 am
The Yamaha marketing folks have done their job well with you. 

Every time my mother would say she just had to buy XYZ, I'd have to explain that (a) she didn't really have any use for it, and (b) the sole function of the marketing department is to have you spend your money buying something that you didn't need till you saw their advertisement.

Chris
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: WillyP on December 07, 2018, 12:48:18 am
If three wheels is better than two, why not six... hey, my truck six wheels!
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: MtnRider on December 07, 2018, 03:21:12 am
 :D :D :D :D

And I thought i was an old curmudgeon.   :rotflmao: :rotflmao: :rotflmao:

I really appreciate the engineering and thinking outside the box by Yamaha. I can't get one but I do want to ride one to see if the reviews are accurate. Most have been very positive. It's not like the trikes that can't fall over and does require the ability to ride a motorcycle. It won't stand on the three wheels, it requires a kickstand, check out the You Tube reviews.

Give it a real look and you might find you can appreciate the uniqueness....
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: Stasch on December 07, 2018, 12:34:42 pm
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It won't stand on the three wheels, it requires a kickstand

I noticed that too, and wondered if that removes it as an option for the traditional 3 wheel market for folks with diminished strength, or missing a limb?
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: MtnRider on December 07, 2018, 02:53:38 pm
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It won't stand on the three wheels, it requires a kickstand

I noticed that too, and wondered if that removes it as an option for the traditional 3 wheel market for folks with diminished strength, or missing a limb?

It does. Most of the reviewers comment that it rides like 2 wheel motorcycles, just more front grip.
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: SantaCruzRider on December 15, 2018, 07:46:28 pm
Would you want one if you could knit it together yourself -- and for the cost of a ball of yarn (whatever that might be)???

https://global.yamaha-motor.com/showroom/handicraft/amigurumi/niken/recipe/


(It just keeps getting weirder.)

"Dude, did you knit that Niken yourself? SOOO COOOOOLLLLLL!"    -- said no one ever.     :rotflmao:
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: Strawboss on December 20, 2018, 03:10:26 pm
Looks to me like an exercise in engineering to see if they can build it and sell it. It also looks like a nightmare when it comes to service and maintainence. I have no desire to ride or own one much less work on one. As stated above, we aren't ready for this weirdness/progress and I think it may be a very short production run with them becoming a cult bike in about 10 years.
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: connie_rider on December 20, 2018, 04:24:31 pm
Until I saw your post, I had never heard of one.
Apparently it's based on a MT-09.
Did a look up. Here is image's and  a video of it.
https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport-touring/models/niken (https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sport-touring/models/niken)

Cycle World article.
https://www.cyclenews.com/2018/06/article/2019-yamaha-niken-first-test/ (https://www.cyclenews.com/2018/06/article/2019-yamaha-niken-first-test/)

Not my thing, but interesting.

Ride safe, Ted
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: m in sc on December 26, 2018, 08:08:36 pm
NO.
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: gsun on January 19, 2019, 01:22:53 am
Saw it at the MC show today. All I can say is...huh? I don't get it. They had one with the front fairing off. It looked like a mess. There is so much going on there, I was surprised. And each wheel has two shocks. I got some explanation about stability. This bike weighs a thousand pounds!! Most of it in front of the rider. I don't think so.
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: ZXtasy on January 19, 2019, 03:40:00 pm
I am not a fan of it.
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: CRocker on January 19, 2019, 07:22:50 pm
I heard that it really corners...but, no...I don't want one...
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: mattchewn on January 20, 2019, 12:34:01 am
in a word, NO!
Ugly and heavy, we already have a lot of bikes that fit in that category.
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: Diz on January 21, 2019, 09:49:27 am
Good to see you posting again Matt! And my opinion about the Nikken is that just because you can build it does not mean it should be
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: MtnRider on January 22, 2019, 01:47:40 am
You guys are all a bunch of old fuddy duddies!    :nananana: :rotflmao:

It's new! It's different! Embrace the experimental!    :D :beerchug: :D

I should have titled this "Anybody else want to TEST RIDE a Niken?"

I'm certainly not trading the C14 for a Niken but I really do want to ride one to see what's about.   :motonoises: :motonoises:

And yeah, I do like the unusual a lot of the time. YMMV

Ride on!
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: gsun on January 22, 2019, 03:46:05 am
When you do, I listening.... :)
Title: Re: Anybody else want a Niken?
Post by: m in sc on January 22, 2019, 08:40:26 pm
would i test ride one? yes. just like i did the spyders when they came out. would i consider buying one? oh hell no. same with bmws, and harleys. I'll try anything with hopes they will change my mind. Ive ridden a bunch of stuff, rarely is it impressive enough to change direction from whats already proven.