Kawasaki presented its latest street motorcycle at the Tokyo Motor Show. Equipped with a 998 cubic centimeter four-cylinder engine with a mechanical compressor, it develops 200 hp and 137 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, another famous Japanese company that makes motorcycles Yamaha surprises people with its new tricycle Yamaha Niken.
Kawasaki and Electronics
According to the technical data, the weight of the new Z H2 ready for operation will reach 240 kilograms. The model, which belongs to the naked motorcycle segment, has practically no finishing details, so the green-painted tubular frame is clearly visible. The front has large LED lights and a small glass that will provide only minimal protection from the wind. However, this is in line with the design of this type of motorcycle, and the seating should be more comfortable than the old sports Ninja H2.
The motorcycle is equipped with electronic assistance systems that provide three riding modes. It will also be possible to change the settings for grip, front wheel lift and movement from the local control equipment as required. Showa suspension components are used: front-mounted adjustable forks with large individual function pistons, and a new lever with a single shock absorber at the rear. The Brembo brakes with two 290 mm discs at the front might prove the highest safety standards. It is announced that the price of the basic version of the European version of the Z H2 will start from EUR17,590.
Yamaha and Exclusive Design
Tricycle motorbike are not a new invention. But some motorcycle fans look at them with an ironic smile and say it is more like a car than a motorcycle. The name Niken means ‘two swords’ in Japanese. Yamaha Niken has two front wheels, as a result, it should be said that the name is chosen correctly. Niken was introduced last year, but only a few journalists were able to try it. More of them are doing test drives with this motorcycle now, but before that they are warned not to be so skeptical in advance.
The front of the chassis has far more components than conventional motorcycles. This not only complicates the whole motorcycle, but also changes its weight distribution as Niken has more weight at the front and this is noticeable. When driving slower, the steering sensation is a bit unusual and heavy. However, as soon as a higher speed is reached, the Niken becomes more alive and make turns with great stability. Usually, tricycles are very flat in turns, and the Niken tilts at a large angle while maintaining very good grip.
Even experienced motorcyclists have some good words about the Niken. It gives you more driving confidence, the feeling of freedom is the same, and the speed is even higher. It cannot be said that such a design has no flaws. Increased air resistance can be felt on highways. There are also more details that will need maintenance. After all, changing tires will be more expensive. However, this is a small drawback, as Niken lives on winding roads where no one spares the tires.