2019 Yamaha Niken GT First Ride

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Model history versions

Model history

  • 2018: The Niken is launched
  • 2019: The Niken GT adds semi-soft panniers, heated grips, a comfort seat, taller screen, centre stand and an extra 12v socket to the base mode to make it more practical for touring on.

Other versions

The base model Niken was launched in 2018 and costs £13,642. This lacks the touring capabilities, however is largely the same machine.

Yamaha NIKEN Specs

ENGINE

Engine Type 847cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder; 12 valves
Bore x Stroke 78.0mm x 59.1mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery Fuel injection with YCC-T
Transmission 6-speed; miltiplate assist and slipper wet clutch
Final Drive Chain

CHASSIS

Suspension / Front 43mm/41mm LMW dual tube fork, fully adjustable; 4.3-in travel
Suspension / Rear Single shock, adjustable preload (w/remote adjuster) and rebound damping; 4.9-in travel
Brakes / Front Dual hydraulic disc, 298mm; ABS
Brakes / Rear Hydraulic disc, 282mm; ABS
Tires / Front Dual 120/70R15
Tires / Rear 190/55R17

DIMENSIONS

L x W x H 84.6 in x 34.8 in x 49.2 in
Seat Height 32.3 in
Wheelbase 59.4 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 20.0°
Trail 2.9 in
Wheel Track 16.1 in
Maximum Ground Clearance 5.9 in
Maximum Lean Angle 45.0°
Fuel Capacity 4.8 gal
Fuel Economy** 42.3 mpg
Wet Weight 580 lb

WARRANTY

Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Engine

Next up: Reliability 3 out of 5 (3/5)

The triple motor is effectively the same as the MT-09’s unit, however the Niken’s crank has 18% more inertia as well as revised fuel maps.

The issue is that while in the MT/Tracer/XSR ranges the triple makes for a spirited performer, the Niken is lugging around an extra 50kg of weight (a Tracer GT is 215kg, the Niken GT is 267kg) and that does make it feel more lethargic.

It’s still a brilliant motor, but in the Niken it

It’s still a brilliant motor, but in the Niken it lacks the pazzaz you get in the two-wheelers that make them so appealing and fun to ride.

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