By Evans Brasfield Editor Score: 90.5%
2019 Yamaha Niken GT
Editor Score: 90.5%
The rain stopped just minutes before I entered the corner at a healthy clip – only to find that it had a decreasing radius. Then it went slightly off-camber. Not an ideal situation by any means. Still, the good folks at Yamaha insisted that less than ideal traction situations were where the Niken GT’s two-wheeled front suspension would shine. The assertion being that if one contact patch momentarily lost traction, the other one would make up for it. So, I grit my teeth and dialed in more lean…
The corner would have been extremely sketchy on your typical motorcycle – though I wouldn’t have been going as fast on one in the wet conditions in which I was riding. A couple of corners later, as the right front tire spent a little too much time on a tar snake with the bike leaned over, I got to actually feel what it is like when a contact patch does lose traction. The bike tracked like nothing was wrong, betraying the one-wheel slip with a slight oscillation of the handlebar. Essentially, it was a non-event. The combination of those two moments on the 2019 Yamaha Niken GT won me over.
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That front end!
The Niken’s front end is the special sauce that sets it apart from the rest of the motorcycling world. Looking somewhat like a bulldog in its stance, the Niken gets its unique style from the dual 15-inch front wheels and their associated pairs of inverted fork tubes. At first glance, the Niken is weird – with a capital W, according …read more