Yamaha’s leaning three-wheeler Niken is one crazy bike and now a custom version has won the Craziest Bike award at a German custom show.
Polish manufacturer of custom motorcycles Game Over Cycles (GOC) is usually known for its modifications of American motorcycles.
However, their GOC Niken pays special tribute to its nationality with Japanese characters taken from the Yamaha brand philosophy: “Courage to set higher goals without fear of failure” (失敗を恐れず、もう一段高い目標に取り組む).
First Niken custom
The build was done in collaboration with Yamaha Motor Poland and is believed the world’s first fully customised Niken.
Niken debuted on the global market in 2018 and is based on a unique Leaning Multi Wheel (LMW) technology developed by the Japanese company.
Except for two front leaning wheels the extraordinary construction of the motorcycle consists of four steering heads and dual-tube upside-down forks.
The three-wheeler retails in Australia for $A21,990 and an extra $2000 for the touring version.
It is powered by a 847cc DOHC triple developing 86kW (115HP) at 10,000rpm, but weighs a hefty 263kg.
The GOC custom version has replaced all plastic parts with handmade aluminium parts.
Work on modifying the motorcycle took 1400 hours.