Yamaha NIKEN For Sale

Yamaha NIKEN
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Insurance Costs: 9 of 10
Currently: £11,100–£8,900
Launch RRP: £13,500

Power: 114 bhp

Engine: 847 cc, 11,300 rpm red line, 110 mph top speed

Economy: 40 mpg

Range: 160 miles from the 18.0 litre tank

Seat Height: 820 mm

Weight: 263 kg (wet)

What Is It?

The Yamaha NIKEN is basically a sporty naked MT-09 with an extra wheel at the front and is powered by a Euro 4 compliant liquid cooled 847cc triple engine producing 113.5bhp at 10,000rpm and maximum torque at around 8,500rpm.

Features include:

  • Steel / Aluminium hybrid frame with Aluminium swingarm
  • 298mm disc per wheel up front with 2 piston calipers
  • 282mm disc at the rear with Nissin single piston caliper
  • ABS system
  • Adjustable forks with 110mm travel
  • Adjustable rear shock with 125mm travel
  • 3 riding modes, cruise control
  • 2 level traction control with off mode
  • LED lighting all round
  • 12V socket on the dash
  • 3->1 exhaust system
  • Quickshifter and slipper clutch (like the 2017 MT-09)
  • 6 speed gearbox with gear position indicator

What do you get if you take the awesome MT-09, 3 wheeler technology derived from the Tricity, a black'n'white dash reminiscent of that on the MT-10 and throw in the mirrors from the 2015 R1? Meet the NIKEN (Ni-Ken), Yamaha's latest Leaning Multi Wheeler (LMW) model. 

Unlike the MT-09 the front two wheels are 15" rather than 17", the radiator appears to have moved down in order to accommodate the dual wheel jiggery-pokery, the crank has been revised and the fuelling toned down a bit.

The rear disc is actually 53mm larger that the MT-09 which is probably to compensate for the 32.4mm smaller front discs necessitated by the 2" smaller wheels. The new MT-09 headlight clearly made it through to the re-designed front end though, just with the LED running lights moved to the sides.

Yamaha reckon the benefits of the extra wheel include almost double the front grip, enabling you to carve a tighter line through corners with a 45° maximum lean angle, twice the contact area with the road when braking and like the Tricity more all round stability at low speeds.

The design is actually really clever, because it keeps the front wheels the same distance apart even while leaning in corners. This future-tech will probably filter down to smaller capacities over the next few years and maybe even a larger capacity version.

Crucially, in the UK at least, the distance between the front wheels is 410mm so it's a proper bike and not something you can hop onto with a car licence like the Piaggio MP3. The 10-spoke 15" front wheels take Bridgestone Battlax 120/70 tyres and the rear 17" a 190/55.

Accessories include the Akrapovic full Titanium exhaust, heated grips, extra 12V socket, centre stand, 25 litre panniers, tall screen and comfort seat.

  • 2018-2020: Black

2019: NIKEN GT launched with panniers, tall screen, heated grips, comfort seat, centre stand and extra 12V socket.

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Did You Know?

Ni means Two and Ken means Sword in Japanese. It's also called the MXT850.


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More Info

Check out this tech video from Yamaha.

Common Questions

How much is a Yamaha NIKEN?

The Yamaha NIKEN currently costs in the range of £11,100 to £8,900.

How fast does a Yamaha NIKEN go?

The top speed of the Yamaha NIKEN is around 110 mph.

How much does a Yamaha NIKEN weigh?

The curb weight of the Yamaha NIKEN is 263 kg. It includes fuel, oil and other fluids so is commonly called the wet weight.

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Bikes for Sale (2)

  • Yamaha Niken 2018
    £10,999 eBay
    • £100 Under Guide Price
    • 2018
    • Chesterfield(Map)
    • Finance and Nationwide Delivery available. P/X Welcome
  • 2018 Yamaha NIKEN
    £10,995 eBay
    • £100 Under Guide Price
    • 2018
    • Edinburgh(Map)
    • From Saltire Motorcycles Ltd on 0131 478 6661

Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2018 £11,100 £8,900 £7,750 2,100
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Popularity & How Many Left

Year On The Road Off The Road Total For Sale
2018 29 - 29 79 / month
2019 Data not yet available Rarely

Source: DVLA


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