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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 5:43 pm 
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Yamaha video shows how it works:
https://youtu.be/HK21-4WZnWM

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 17, 2018 9:25 pm 
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Is it just me, or is that trike gayer than aids :?:


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:14 pm 
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Gay? Not sure about that, but it sure looks ugly at the front end! It reminds me of a shipping container crane/lift.
Didn't Yamaha make a previous foray into twin front wheel design back in the early 90s?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 18, 2018 3:23 pm 
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Nope it wasn't two front wheels i was thinking about. It was the GTS1000 which had only 1 front wheel but no forks. Memory gets a bit hazy as you get older :wth: :roll:


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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:07 pm 
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Piaggio has had a similar design scooter on the market for years and seeing them flying around Paris, you can see that two wheels at the front may be better than one.

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PostPosted: Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:00 pm 
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tz375 wrote:
Piaggio has had a similar design scooter on the market for years and seeing them flying around Paris, you can see that two wheels at the front may be better than one.

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Yamaha probably should hire a good Italian designer to do something about the Niken’s fugliness.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 19, 2018 5:11 pm 
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I suppose it answers a question that hasn't been asked........ :?


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 10:15 am 
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Neither Piaggio or the Yammy look very manly. Perhaps they are aiming it at the female market.


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 20, 2018 9:45 pm 
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I don't think so. They appear to be used extensively in cities like Paris where people use 2 wheels to commute regardless of the weather. And since a few cities still have nice slippy cobble stones, twin front wheels make for a safer ride - or at least it probably feels safer.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:51 am 
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Ah, I see. A bike for pussies then! I was kinda close with my guess :lol:


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 21, 2018 6:13 pm 
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I wouldn't call anyone that rides around Paris on a daily basis a "pussy". Those guys are seriously nuts. Have you ever been on the periferique in morning rush hour? They take lane splitting to a new dimension.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:53 am 
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tz375 wrote:
I wouldn't call anyone that rides around Paris on a daily basis a "pussy". Those guys are seriously nuts. Have you ever been on the periferique in morning rush hour? They take lane splitting to a new dimension.

Haha. Point taken!


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 1:03 am 
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Another official Niken video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_a1KCPZ_TkU

Maybe Yamaha thinks it understands the European market a bit more than we do.
Online Niken ordering system for Europe goes live on May 17th:
https://niken.yamaha-motor.eu

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PostPosted: Tue May 01, 2018 10:27 am 
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Interesting bike. Just find it so hard to stop staring at the ugliness. Its like when you are a kid being told not to stare at the disfigured face of a war vet. Its so hard to look away!


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PostPosted: Fri Jun 01, 2018 11:22 am 
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More info here: [url]https://www.msn.com/en-us/autos/motorcycles/surprise-yamaha’s-niken-does-wheelies-and-rides-like-a-regular-motorcycle/ss-AAxW85h#image=9[/url]

Dual wheel setup added 100 pounds. Allows for a 45 degree lean angle. Still can pop a wheelie.
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