Yamaha’s CEO and President Yoshihiro Hidaka has revealed that the firm will make more three-wheeled ‘leaning multi-wheel’ (LMW) models soon.
Having dipped its toe into the leaning trike market with the Tricity scooter in 2014, Yamaha has taken the plunge with the Niken in 2018. The three-wheeled Niken is the first attempt from a major manufacturer to market a high-performance tilting trike. It uses the same 115PS, 847cc three-cylinder engine as the MT-09.
But Yamaha already has plans for more three-wheeled machines. Presenting Yamaha’s 2017 financial results, President and CEO Yoshihiro Hidaka said: “Our company is working on various initiatives with the theme of the growing world of personal mobility in the current midterm plan. This is a product line up of LMW leaning multi-wheel. Since the launch of Tricity commuter in 2014 we continued R&D activities and in the last year’s Tokyo Motor Show we have presented large size sports model Niken, which will be launched in the market this year. Not just limited to these two models we will be expanding customer base with new values of LMW.”
Most revealingly, this part of the presentation included a PowerPoint slide. It showed a blurred bike sitting between a Tricity and a Niken. The implication? That the next leaning three-wheeled Yamaha will be somewhere between 155cc and 847cc.
Rumours in Japan earlier this year suggested Yamaha is working on a 250cc LMW using the engine from the MT-25. The same parallel twin also forms the basis of the European-market, 321cc MT-03 and YZF-R3. Yamaha’s latest announcement suggests that the rumours are right on the money.