Something a little different is the 2018 Yamaha Niken Leaning Multi-Wheeler (LMW) scheduled to have its world premiere at the Esposizione Internazionale Ciclo Motociclo e Accessori (EICMA) show in Milan, Italy this November 6. This three-wheeler uses double upside-down front forks with 15-inch wheels mounted on single-sided front hubs.

While there are precious few details on the LMW, we can guess that its basis is the MT-09 Tracer, with tall seat height and upright riding position. Yamaha claims the LMW will deliver a high feeling of stability when cornering, and “excellent performance for spirited and sporty riding on various road surfaces and the capability to freely carve through the continuous corners of winding roads.”

From the pictures, and assuming the underlying machine uses the MT-09 power plant, claimed power will be in the order of 115 PS at 10,000 rpm and torque rated at 87.5 Nm at 8,500 rpm. The cast beam frame of the MT-09 is gone though, replaced with a trellis frame.

Bodywork up top is very much wider, to accommodate the rather larger upper and lower yokes needed for the double-fork tilting wheel assembly. Headlights on the Niken look to be a combination of projector lamps with LED DRLs, and LED turn signals are located in the wing mirrors.

It is not known if the Niken has a stabilisation system to keep itself upright at parking lot speeds, or if the steering geometry is designed for 100% rider intervention. Keep reading for more details on new motorcycle models being revealed at the EICMA show.