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    First Look@ Yamaha Niken

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    I really don't know what to make of it. DNA sounds like a good time..
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    Re: First Look@ Yamaha Niken

    I see very little positive to the design as a production vehicle. You have doubled the components upfront (bad for maintenance and weight), made it follow three tracks (bad for avoiding obstacles and more likely to get pulled around by uneven roads) and they didn't install the lockout when stopped which could actually be a valuable feature of the three wheeled design.

    I am looking forward to a ride vid to see if he can figure out what the upside is (other than your bike looks vastly different than 99.9% of the other bikes on the road).

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    Re: First Look@ Yamaha Niken

    only possible upside I can see
    is that maybe people with certain medical conditions could ride it
    like vertigo from inner ear damage....but there are other 3 wheel options for that
    agree with the ^ downsides

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    Re: First Look@ Yamaha Niken

    Iíd rather this over something like a Spyder or trike.

    There are some folks that like to ride but might have limited physical abilities to keep the bike upright for stops or slow speed maneuvers etc.

    Instead of riding a snow machine that you canít lean or a trike etc. Here is an alternative.




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    Re: First Look@ Yamaha Niken

    Quote Originally Posted by nakkers View Post
    I’d rather this over something like a Spyder or trike.

    There are some folks that like to ride but might have limited physical abilities to keep the bike upright for stops or slow speed maneuvers etc.

    Instead of riding a snow machine that you can’t lean or a trike etc. Here is an alternative.




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    How is this substantially different than 2 wheels? I thought lean was manually controlled? Does it have some sort of power lean system? Zack specifically points out that this bike doesn't lock itself upright like the MP3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyGhost View Post
    How is this substantially different than 2 wheels? I thought lean was manually controlled? Does it have some sort of power lean system? Zack specifically points out that this bike doesn't lock itself upright like the MP3.
    Well, it doesnít require a kickstand. Lol.

    Maybe not good for people that have no lower motor function? But for the segment of people with knee issues or the like that can still use their legs but, might buckle trying to duckwalk around the parking lot with two wheels.




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    Quote Originally Posted by nakkers View Post
    Well, it doesn’t require a kickstand. Lol.
    Yes it does.



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    Quote Originally Posted by GreyGhost View Post
    Yes it does.



    I stand corrected! Never mind.


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    Quote Originally Posted by nakkers View Post
    I stand corrected! Never mind.


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    Having it self centreing (which should not be too difficult given current adjustable suspension tech) could be a game changer for this thing. That could allow it to be used by people with mobility issues that still want a leaning vehicle and it would occupy a unique place in the market.

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    Great engine, that is about it.
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    I find it a bit ridiculous when people say oh this is good for people with "limited physical abilities" etc. Isn't the ability to manhandle(oops sorry, peoplehandle) the machine, sort of a licensing requirement?

    Like putting cameras with descriptive audio into a car and saying "sweet, now blind people can drive".
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    Hah! Good one
    Quote Originally Posted by nakkers View Post
    I stand corrected! Never mind.


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    ^ Saw that.

    It'll be great for those with mobility/health issues



    Too heavy for me probably that front end adds a lot of weight

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigpoppa View Post
    ^ Saw that.

    It'll be great for those with mobility/health issues



    Too heavy for me probably that front end adds a lot of weight
    I still don't understand why people think it is any different than a normal motorcycle with respect to mobility issues?

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    Like most others i fail to see the point. Other than for someone who wants to ride something just different/futuristic looking for the sake of being different and maybe to get some attention. Because as far as mobility challenged people go, there are already other types of 3 wheelers that are very stable and easier to manage/drive.
    But i wanna see this thing in action/on track and maybe ill eat my own words lol

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    Re: First Look@ Yamaha Niken

    No matter how much I look at it, this thing is simply an abomination.

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    Maybe somebody from Yamaha musical instruments ended up in the wrong design office and never knew it?


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    Very strange looking. Curious, who Yamaha are targeting with this product. Couch potatoes? People intimidated by conventional 2-wheel motorcycles?

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