We're off to the launch of the new Yamaha Niken tomorrow, and Yamaha's online ordering system has just opened for the 'bike' too. Which means they've also finally announced a price for it - £13,499. That's around £5k more than the MT-09 which supplies the engine for the Niken - a fair chunk, but not as hefty as some folk thought it might have been. Here's where to order one.
Now normally we can have an instant gut reaction to seeing a new bike’s price. We know what the obvious rivals are, and how much they cost, and from that we can make a snap judgement on whether or not it’s good value.
But with the Niken, that’s impossible. How much should we expect to spend on a tilting trike with a 115hp three-cylinder engine? The thing’s got as much power as a first-gen Fireblade or early Ducati 916, so even though it’s heavy – 263kg ready-to-ride – performance is going to be leagues ahead of any other three-wheeled offering on the market.
We're riding the Niken this Saturday, and will be reporting back on how it goes as soon as we can. At that stage getting a handle on that price tag will become a little easier. But with limited numbers available, how soon will the Niken sell out?
In the meantime, here's some light background reading on how the Niken came about...