The Niken GT could be considered as the second attempt Yamaha have made to answer a question no-one really asked – but that would be doing it a big disservice. When we first put the Niken through its paces last year, it was a revelation.
Not only did it perform with impressive composure on the MCN250, and over 1000 more test miles, but it even delivered a shockingly good ride on track.
The criticisms we levelled at it were all to the effect that it would make more sense as a grand-tourer than it does as a naked sports-tourer. Yamaha clearly had the same thought, and the challenge now will be to rack up the miles and see if the GT changes deliver the touring dream.
- Key stats: • £14,869 • 113.5bhp • 64.5ftlb • 820mm seat • 267kg (kerb)
- Rider: To be confirmed...