Safe fun; I think these words well define Niken, the bike Yamaha vigorously pursued to change the way of being a motorcycle.
I tested it on the hairpin bends of Bormio, cornering at high speed from the start.
As soon as I got on the bike, I felt comfortable; even if visually bulky its dimensions are smaller than the Tracer’s, the engine and structure of which are at the base of this project.
It leaned nimbly, the front didn’t move on slippery ground or if it hit a pothole. On tight bends, it handled very well and even if you are distracted while riding it hugs the road.
Electrically-assisted transmission over 4000 rpm, it grants fun if rode spunkily.
The test route also included a short off-road track where the bike transmitted a sense of extreme solidity and you can push it even on street tires.