When shopping for new accessories or motorcycle parts online, you may have come across Yamaha’s relatively new addition to their lineup. Far from the standard offerings, the Niken GT’s dual front wheels make it stand out from the competition.
Is this strange look just a gimmick to get more riders in Yamaha’s camp? Or is it a revolutionary new design that will change how purists view touring motorcycles as a whole? Here’s the low down on the new kid on the block to see if it holds up.
Dual front wheels aren’t anything new to motorbikes. Many vehicles have taken a three-tire approach, but most have spread them apart to provide a more conventional car-like footprint. The Niken takes things to a different level.
With the front tires so close together, this bike acts more like single wheel variants, with the additional footprint providing extra traction when needed. Since it rides like a regular motorcycle, it takes little time to get used to the strange front end.
The Niken isn’t made to win any races and as a touring bike, it’s not supposed to. What it does is provide that extra traction in wet road conditions that long-haul riders usually have to avoid.
To provide the power needed for its two-forked design, it features the same engine found in the MT-09/Tracer 900 GT, retooled a bit to make up for the additional weight. This means that Yamaha genuine parts can be used for maintenance, perfect for road warriors on the go.
While it might seem like an extra wheel is enough, the Niken GT has extras that keep it in a touring mindset. Heated handlebars and a well-designed seat keep you comfortable, and although the windscreen isn’t adjustable, you can get aftermarket versions that fit with Yamaha motorcycle oem parts designs.
The Yamaha Niken GT is an excellently designed touring bike with a super-grip front end that won’t disappoint. Special order it today and shop for other accessories and motorcycle parts online while you wait for its big arrival!