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All good things are three

No question, a beauty contest will not win this machine. With its extra-wide Front and in the comparison, narrow the rear, the Yamaha reminded Niken more like a giant insect. No other motorcycle in the recent polarized as strongly as the Techniques that you pronounce in English, so Neiken.

Since the controversial appearance is not a failure of the Designer, it is a result of the system. The Niken is not a Bicycle, but a tricycle has two front wheels. For the purists, an abomination, for Yamaha, "the most innovative Design of the sports Tourer class".

no Matter how you refer to the Design As Yamaha's new Techniques, which means "Double sword", in the year 2018, presented the rose to be a Shitstorm without equal. "Is that even a real motorcycle?" asked the most, to negate the question in the same breath. The Yamaha promised "unprecedented curve driving experience" has been denied, before the tricycle was on the road.

"You're not going to greeted by motorbike drivers,"

The mechanic, who will introduce shortly into the test machine, is already warning that time as a precautionary measure: "With this machine, you won't be greeted by other riders." To lift the left Hand when a machine comes to is riders common.

But the Techniques are reminiscent of the front of one of those three-wheeled scooter. And scooter riders are ignored by motorcyclists in General. The Techniques has to do with a three-wheeled scooter the Slightest, and not only because it falls in the Stand without a side stand the same as any other bike.

The two front wheels, what the bike is elementary to: a lot of Grip.

you can tell already after a few meters. As the Techniques have been made in the past year, first of all, the magazines for the first Test, were the professional testers, all experienced motorcycle riders who like to fast, in unison, into raptures.

it was Soon found out: You can't drive it with the Techniques just as well as you would with any normal bike, you can even drive better. Because the two front wheels provide, what is for the motorcycle elementary drive, lots of Grip, even in situations where the normal two wheels reach their limits. This allows higher cornering speeds and cornering in a sloping position is, for most riders the ultimate in Fun.

Actually, the Niken inspires the driver after a short settling-in a lot of confidence. In curves, it seems to be like they were on rails, the two front wheels offer more lateral support than just a. Especially on bad road surfaces the Techniques behaves phenomenal. Whether manhole cover, longitudinal grooves, bitumen stains or sudden wet sections, such as in woods or in the mountains, at any time, can happen: Where it is possible to correct with a normal motorcycle driving line or the pace needs to reduce, ironed out the Techniques stoic about it. Even familiar and well-known house tracks to a new experience.

the time Is ripe for a Revolution?

With more than 260 kilos of weight is the Niken a heavy motorcycle, but with the fine, 115-horsepower three-cylinder also used in the MT 09 is used, it is motorized fully sufficient.

The suspension comfort is not enough to the similar heavy big travel Enduro bikes, the fun of driving is. Because the Techniques not only allows for large skew, it gives the driver less experienced, thanks to their enormous stability, the feeling that he can trust such a calm.

Whether a new concept will be a success or not depends on more than just the facts. The time must be ripe for it. Because even if a motorcycle driver's delight to technical finesse (all the electronic helpers are far more controversial), for a Revolution they are hard to come by.

That had to experience BMW years ago with the Roller C1. This was a covered vehicle, on which one could fasten the seatbelt and no helmet had to wear. The machine was literally weggemobbt and disappeared after three years from the market. Today would offer a manufacturer, as a concept, ideally combined with an electric drive – could be quite a sales hit for the urban traffic.

Also Yamaha Europe strives to make potential customers the Niken tasty, but the sales scale Demo move numbers, in spite of a great Tour so far, a maximum in the middle of the range of expectations. However, the Japanese seem to trust your concept, because the Techniques are there for a few weeks, and from 18'990 francs, as well as a GT Version with side cases and a higher wind shield – ready for the big trip. It's possible that savvy tour driver will soon be left behind on the Alpine passes of a Niken, a fascinating three-Wheeler.

(Sunday newspaper)

Created: 17.06.2019, 09:09 PM

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