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« on: September 20, 2019, 06:49:59 AM »

This guy puts out some pretty good videos. He's taken on the Niken and the new trikes in general.

https://youtu.be/pLsKnCd3Dkg
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« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2019, 06:33:06 AM »

The Rapid City Kaw/Yamaha dealer has been offering to have me ride his Niken for about a year now...so far, I have resisted, because.......well....I have no interest in it, and consider it a pointless vehicle that is an answer to a question nobody asked.

Some will love it, but that dealer hasn't sold one yet. 

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« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2019, 04:39:55 PM »

The Rapid City Kaw/Yamaha dealer has been offering to have me ride his Niken for about a year now...so far, I have resisted, because.......well....I have no interest in it, and consider it a pointless vehicle that is an answer to a question nobody asked.

Some will love it, but that dealer hasn't sold one yet. 

Over here is was the "no motorcycle license needed" thing which had to be steeped in more Euros than any common sense.
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« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2019, 07:03:13 PM »

I finally got that video to load up.  That is certainly an interesting motorcycle/trike/whatever.  Like JB said, it seems to be the answer to the question nobody asked.  Im honestly not sure how I feel about it, beyond being something Id never own or want to ride.  But then, that was never my style of riding anyway.  As far as that hideous two-wheel front end mod on the Gold Wing goes, who would do that!!   Id be too embarrassed to ride something like that.  The Nikken reminds me of the image of that person who suddenly had a bright idea, stops and holds up his finger, as if to bring it to the point of the idea, then forgets what the point or idea was.
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« Reply #4 on: September 22, 2019, 02:34:41 PM »

From the then-new 847cc triple engine's introduction several years ago, Yamaha announced its intention to release a 'family' of motorcycles using the engine, starting with the FZ-09 (North America) or MT-09 (everywhere else). Except for the labels, they were largely the same, with some differences based on the local market.

After a few model years, Yamaha dropped the 'FZ' label, and the original naked motorcycle design became the MT-09 in all markets. In time, along came the FJ-09 and various Tracer models, all using the same engine. Many observers doubted Yamaha would bring the Niken to market. But the doubters were wrong.

I have owned an FZ-09 for almost six years, and this motorcycle is superbly suited to my riding preference. Although many riders point out the engine's power, I am most impressed with the standard, upright seating position. Sure, I like the engine power, too. :D  However, much as I still look forward to riding my FZ-09, none of the other Yamaha 'family' members mentioned previously in this post, including the Niken, hold any interest for me.
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« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2019, 06:10:03 PM »

From the then-new 847cc triple engine's introduction several years ago, Yamaha announced its intention to release a 'family' of motorcycles using the engine, starting with the FZ-09 (North America) or MT-09 (everywhere else). Except for the labels, they were largely the same, with some differences based on the local market.

After a few model years, Yamaha dropped the 'FZ' label, and the original naked motorcycle design became the MT-09 in all markets. In time, along came the FJ-09 and various Tracer models, all using the same engine. Many observers doubted Yamaha would bring the Niken to market. But the doubters were wrong.

I have owned an FZ-09 for almost six years, and this motorcycle is superbly suited to my riding preference. Although many riders point out the engine's power, I am most impressed with the standard, upright seating position. Sure, I like the engine power, too. :D  However, much as I still look forward to riding my FZ-09, none of the other Yamaha 'family' members mentioned previously in this post, including the Niken, hold any interest for me.


I have to agree.  Not about the brand, but about the style and style of riding.  I think once one has settled into a preferred style of riding and the motorcycle that best fits it for them, nothing else really fits the bill adequately.  My style was touring and touring motorcycles.  The closest I came to changing my kind of riding was with the Vstrom, but eventually I turned into a very good touring bike, so nothing really changed.  If I were younger, as in a lot younger, I could be lured by a bike such as the FZ-09.  But I’m not, and I no longer ride.  But “it ain’t over ‘til it’s over,” as they say.
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« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2019, 10:37:05 PM »

I found this video to be boring, Hard to watch, With no excitement or enthusiasm. Hard to stay focused. If there were some excitement to this viewers might look at this cycle differently. Especially for riders looking for a two wheel alternative.
Then again it may just be a boring motorcycle?  
Not my cup o tea.
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« Reply #7 on: September 23, 2019, 05:45:51 AM »

I found this video to be boring, Hard to watch, With no excitement or enthusiasm. Hard to stay focused. If there were some excitement to this viewers might look at this cycle differently. Especially for riders looking for a two wheel alternative.
Then again it may just be a boring motorcycle? 
Not my cup o tea.

Having watched several videos by this guy I could tell he was bored with the machinery he just tries to give an honest assessment of whatever product he's talking about.
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« Reply #8 on: September 28, 2019, 06:35:59 PM »

I found this video to be boring, Hard to watch, With no excitement or enthusiasm. Hard to stay focused. If there were some excitement to this viewers might look at this cycle differently. Especially for riders looking for a two wheel alternative.
Then again it may just be a boring motorcycle? 
Not my cup o tea.

Having watched several videos by this guy I could tell he was bored with the machinery he just tries to give an honest assessment of whatever product he's talking about.


While trying to inject a bit of subltle humor into it.
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« Reply #9 on: September 28, 2019, 08:24:32 PM »

Sometimes it's fun to have a funky bike just to have people come up and say "what the hell is that?"
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« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2019, 05:47:58 AM »

Sometimes it's fun to have a funky bike just to have people come up and say "what the hell is that?"

Well, yeah, there is that.
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