I wouldn't mind trying this Yamaha Niken (1 Viewer)

PhilG

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When I first saw it, I just thought 'why'... that hasn't changed. Its hard to know what the target market is.

Its funny how the market seems to have drifted into a bit of an alternative reality, which means everything is either an adventure bike , or a scrambler, or some throwback thing that never actually existed. Saw a road test on a new Guzzi Adventure bike, that is basically want the have made for years, with knobblies and high bars .
 
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Twice as much grip on the front end. It would probably have saved us when I hit a patch of diesel in Gent many years ago. Plus I would think you get better braking.
 

Jim

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Trying to think of the benefits....Not having a kick stand, can anyone think of anything else?
 

Familymad

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I like that a lot. Will defo go for a test ride but double the contact patch at the front has to be of interest. Sadly it won’t filter on the M25 as well for me.
 

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Altogether now... "3 wheels on my Niken and I'm still rolling along, those Cherokee's are after me..." :whistle::whistle:
 
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It has more grip, but that's not he main benefit. If you loose grip, it'll understeer like a car, you can correct and probably survive. With one wheel up front, you'll at least need new underpants, or you've low-sided/gone airborne!

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Like a two wheeler then - but with a better chance of high-siding when it grips again?
According to the reviews, if you turn off the traction control and really abuse it (powerslides, etc), it can have a go at throwing you, but you have to really be taking the pee.
 

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You Should get descent air when you highside :p

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hilldweller

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Read the reviews. They pretty much all say that it'll just glide wide like a car.

Well, to be honest, I can't be bothered.

I wonder if one would have saved me yesterday ? I was in slow traffic at a junction, came to a stop, THUD, bike is on it's nearside. So with the help of the card driver behind I pick it up and in the process find my foot in a sunken manhole cover. Of all the places to stop, one foot on the road, one foot an inch or so down and that's all it took.

Just a scuff on the bar end and a scratch on the engine bar. Not a mark on any plastic and the bars didn't bend. Bike is now Christened.
 

Familymad

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Sorry to hear about the drop. I think it doesn’t stay upright if you let go of it.
 
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Years ago, a pal of mine came to a stop at traffic lights in town and ended up on the floor, the kickstart had gone up the leg of his Wrangler flares and he couldn't get his foot down ! :D
 

hilldweller

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Years ago, a pal of mine came to a stop at traffic lights in town and ended up on the floor, the kickstart had gone up the leg of his Wrangler flares and he couldn't get his foot down ! :D

Love it. Funnily enough I did just the same one day, right foot down. The left foot nothing, would not move, my lace had caught in the footpeg, but I got away with that one. You can tell how long ago by "laces". But I still know exactly where it happened.

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