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Yamaha Niken GT Gets a Bigger Heart for 2023

Yamaha’s updated Niken GT, which comes with an updated engine, as well as elevated functions, updated seat/frame, new electronics, and a bit of shed weight - all just in time for 2023. Media sourced from NewsBytes.

In line with the plethora of updates accumulating from motorcycle brands across the world comes Yamaha‘s own offering in the form of an updated Niken GT

According to a report from MCN, the three-wheeler’s beloved 847cc liquid-cooled, DOHC inline-three will soon be upgraded to a 890cc, Euro5-compliant heart – an inspired unit from the likes of the Tracer 9 and MT-09 – capable of a 5% increased capacity, and showing off a more forward-leaning aesthetic (which Yamaha tweaked the steel frame to accomodate). 

Yamaha’s updated Niken GT, which comes with an updated engine, as well as elevated functions, updated seat/frame, new electronics, and a bit of shed weight - all just in time for 2023. Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.
Yamaha’s updated Niken GT, which comes with an updated engine, as well as elevated functions, updated seat/frame, new electronics, and a bit of shed weight – all just in time for 2023. Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.

The new engine will also purportedly help with ground clearance, thanks to the new pipe, redesigned intake and fresh air cleaner. 

Yamaha’s updated Niken GT, which comes with an updated engine, as well as elevated functions, updated seat/frame, new electronics, and a bit of shed weight - all just in time for 2023. Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.
Yamaha’s updated Niken GT, which comes with an updated engine, as well as elevated functions, updated seat/frame, new electronics, and a bit of shed weight – all just in time for 2023. Media sourced from Motorcycle.com.

Complementing all these changes will be a nifty new bi-directional quickshifter, as well as a slipper clutch and a switch from steel rear shock to aluminum (scrimping a further massive 236g in unsprung weight). 

The end result?

Yamaha’s updated Niken GT, which comes with an updated engine, as well as elevated functions, updated seat/frame, new electronics, and a bit of shed weight - all just in time for 2023. Media sourced from NewsBytes.

A lighter, more powerful motorcycle with fly-by-wire tech, modified rider modes, sport, street and rain, and traction control aids, and a redesigned handlebar with so much techy stuff that Yamaha literally popped a joystick on there to do the honors to you can get trigger-happy on the 7” TFT screen’s options. 

Yamaha’s updated Niken GT, which comes with an updated engine, as well as elevated functions, updated seat/frame, new electronics, and a bit of shed weight - all just in time for 2023. Media sourced from NewsBytes.
Yamaha’s updated Niken GT, which comes with an updated engine, as well as elevated functions, updated seat/frame, new electronics, and a bit of shed weight – all just in time for 2023. Media sourced from NewsBytes.

Expect the new Yamaha Niken GT to tout a new cushy seat, new luggage stays (capable of 30L), and a decently tweaked price, the latter of which will apparently be given before December of this year. 

Only a few weeks left, guys. 

Yamaha’s updated Niken GT, which comes with an updated engine, as well as elevated functions, updated seat/frame, new electronics, and a bit of shed weight - all just in time for 2023.  Media sourced from RideApart.
Yamaha’s updated Niken GT, which comes with an updated engine, as well as elevated functions, updated seat/frame, new electronics, and a bit of shed weight – all just in time for 2023. Media sourced from RideApart.

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*Media sourced from RideApart, Ultimate Motorcycling, AutoEvolution, NewsBytes, and Motorcycle.com*

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  1. Have to give props to Yamaha for sticking to something unconventional. I haven’t seen one of these Niken’s in the wild…but who knows, maybe they’ll catch on. Certainly seems better than a Can Am.

    1. Hey Bob,

      As someone who has ridden neither but has been told the Niken turns like a dream, I don’t know what to say beyond the fact that I like the thought of being lower to the ground.

      Let’s both hike ourselves up for a ride in both and come back to compare notes, shall we?