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2018 Yamaha Niken (leaning 3 wheeler)

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by eakins, Oct 18, 2017.

  1. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Strong possibility this is coming to market. 900 triple motor.

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  2. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    I own this and can verify cornering traction unreal, even on loose conditions. It's my car most days.

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  3. sloryder

    sloryder Been here awhile

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    How much?[​IMG]
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  4. mousitsas

    mousitsas Long timer

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    I'd put a turbo in it!
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  5. mousitsas

    mousitsas Long timer

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    1.5 x mt09
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  6. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    Can you see into the future?
    Please let us know.
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  7. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    I seriously like this concept. Not sure I’d buy one, but it really looks fun.
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  8. swimmer

    swimmer armchair asshole

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    Who wouldn't want twice as many fork seals?
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  9. Vectored2adv

    Vectored2adv Been here awhile

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    This is way cooler than a can am spyder that tries to throw you off if you don't lean your body into every turn!

    And a nice turbo fits neatly onto the fz09 motor if you desire also.
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  10. Dismount

    Dismount Dagnabit billy

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    I hate to say it, but I'd ride it.

    Blindfold myself first, but I'd ride it.
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  11. barefoot

    barefoot Frustrated Rock Star

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    If I'm not mistaken, it looks like 4x fork seals.

    Never mind - after a 2nd look the 'fork' legs are only on the outside of each front wheel. Which is weird.
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  12. barefoot

    barefoot Frustrated Rock Star

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    This might be a boon for shorties who can't touch down at stops.
    Or for folks who like oddities.
    I guess it would have extra traction, but at what cost in weight, complexity and price?
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  13. ctfz1

    ctfz1 been there

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    FUN?
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  14. sloryder

    sloryder Been here awhile

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    Does not Piaggio have a vehicle like this already?
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  15. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    in Paris this type of vehicle rules the streets. seemingly 4 or 5 of them at every red light.
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  16. KMC1

    KMC1 There is no spoon.

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    The day I started to want an MP3 I was walking in Rome, and it was raining... this guy came ripping around a roundabout over cobblestones in the rain with the front end chirping and the throttle pinned lol... I stood there mouth agape watching him and from that moment on... it’s been on my mind. :lol3
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  17. yamalama

    yamalama wet coaster

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    yup. my experience as well. guys in suits ripping it up, in the pouring rain. usually talking via their headsets.
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  18. Vectored2adv

    Vectored2adv Been here awhile

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    Indeed. In Paris I saw many with 3 wheels and some with windshields and some type of roof too!

    There's a large market of people that want to ride but not fall, and the sales of the can am prove it. Money to be made.
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  19. chazbird

    chazbird Long timer

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    No center stand. Would not buy.

    Also, ugly, juvenile fantasy ugly. Aggressive rabid bat ugly.

    Ugly.

    Thus, it'll probably be produced and sell.
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  20. coast range rider

    coast range rider Been here awhile

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    Closest thing to compare it to is the Piaggio MP3 500.
    Yet, the MWT-9:
    It's not made in Italy.
    Does not have a single cylinder 40 hp engine mounted to the swingarm.
    Does not have a cvt transmission.
    Doesn't look like a scooter.

    The Piaggio is $9K. I wonder how much more the Yami will be. I bet it will be worth it...
    I'd like to keep one as an alternative to my bike for the wet and/or icy days.
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