2019 Yamaha Niken GT: Quirky Three-Wheeler Gets Enhanced Long-Distance Touring Features

The Niken GT is more on the touring side of sport touring.

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Year Make Model: 2019 Yamaha Niken GT

Topline: The upcoming three-wheeled sport touring bike gets a more touring-oriented variant with a bigger windshield, standard bags, and more.

What’s New: The Niken GT is what Yamaha is calling an “all-weather, four-season, long-distance Sport Tourer.” We’re not sure how well this thing would do in the snow, but the point is that it’s a variant of the Niken three-wheeler that’s better suited for year-long riding.

A few upgrades that the Niken GT receives over the standard Niken include a bigger touring windscreen that keeps more air off of you and your passenger; a comfort seat that’s easier on the behind for longer distances; standard 25-liter lockable, quick-release, hard saddlebags; a center stand; a second 12-volt outlet; and heated grips.

Other than those tidbits, the Niken GT is largely similar to the standard Niken. It’s powered by the same 847cc inline-three engine, rides on a hybrid steel/aluminum frame, and has cruise control. Of course, it also means you get two wheels up from with double upside down front forks giving you a generous 45-degree lean angle.

Quotable: “The Niken's Leaning Multi-Wheel concept is designed to master adverse conditions, making it ideally suited to all-weather, four-season riding on the most challenging mountain roads. Fitted with a range of specialized equipment, the new Niken GT brings added functionality to the LMW concept by offering increased long-distance touring capabilities together with elevated levels of rider and passenger comfort,” said a Yamaha press release.

What You Need to Know: If you’re planning on riding cross-country and want to bring a passenger along to enjoy some three-wheeled corner carving along the way, this is the bike for you. You can reserve your 2019 Niken GT now and get it as soon as March of 2019. The starting MSRP for the Niken GT is $17,299 which is a $1,300 increase over the standard Niken variant.

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