Yamaha has announced the price in the UK of the radical leaning three-wheeler which we have been seeing around motor shows for the most part of a year now. The Yamaha Niken is now available at a price of GBP 13,499 (roughly around ₹ 12.39 lakh) in the UK. The Niken can be ordered online in Britain and customers will receive an email confirmation of a temporary allocation if the Niken is available. Then, customers can visit a Yamaha dealer within 14 days to confirm and finalise the purchase process.
The Yamaha Niken is based on the Yamaha MT-09, sharing the same in-line three-cylinder, 847 cc engine, which makes 114 bhp at 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of peak torque at 8,500 rpm. The difference is, of course, in the cycle parts, and the fact that the Niken employs a radically different leaning front end with two wheels. And that has led to considerable gain in weight as well. While the MT-09 tips the scales at 193 kg kerb weight, the Niken is considerably heavier, at 263 kg. But it's expected to be quite the performer, when compared to any other three-wheeled motorcycle available in the market right now.
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Yamaha seems to be betting big on the three-wheeled side of things, acquiring patents for a little known Norwegian brand called Brudeli, which is also in the business of designing and developing leaning three-wheelers, based on a KTM 690 Supermoto engine, and gearbox. The Yamaha top boss has been vocal about the ongoing development and R&D of more three-wheeled machines, so looks like we'll get to see more of these leaning three-wheelers from Yamaha in the near future. So far, Yamaha seems to have taken the lead in a completely new segment of motorcycles - the leaning three-wheeler.
Now, coming to the price, the Yamaha Niken has no real competitors to make a fair judgement of if it's been priced well, or if it's slightly on the higher side. Compared to the Yamaha MT-09, priced at GBP 8,499 (which retails at ₹ 9.55 lakh in India), the Niken does seem to be a little pricey, but it does get the radical new leaning three-wheeled technology. And with limited numbers available, it remains to be seen how the Yamaha Niken is accepted in the market. Our guess is, it will sell out soon!