Our Unique Advantage

Everything we do is centred around you, our customer. Our goal is to take your breath away by offering you experiences that go above and beyond your expectations. Experiences that can only be enjoyed on a Yamaha. Our unique advantage is driven by technology derived from the racetrack and developed to make every ride a memorable one.

Yamaha has always competed – and won - at the highest level of motorsport. And the advancements made on the racetrack by our Factory MotoGP team filters down through our flagship YZF-R1M right into our entry level YZF-R15, across to the MT street bike range and beyond. Unique Yamaha developments like crossplane crankshaft technology and the use of exotic metals and high tech processes that led to our control-filled aluminium frames. All were introduced on the racetrack and have filtered down into the bikes you can own and ride on the street. Here you can find some of the key advancements that make riding our road bikes so much fun.

Engine Technologies

Chassis and Electronics



As far back as 1977, Yamaha conducted research into leaning multi-wheeled vehicles with two front wheels using the Passol scooter as a base. The goal was to produce a vehicle that shares the leaning characteristics of a motorcycle but with the added grip offered by two front tyres. After some 40 years of development the technology was introduced on the Tricity scooter and during that process, testers realised the system’s potential for sport riding and touring. This led to the release of the Niken in 2018. The main advantages of the parallelogram link front end include:

• Up to 40% extra front end grip
• Almost 20% extra stopping power
• The ability to apply the front brake when leaning
• Higher stability and more confidence when tipping into corners
• Deep 45 degree lean angle
• 50:50 weight distribution with rider
• High levels of comfort especially with a pillion

Niken is at home in flowing twisty corners where its sure footed nature allows spirited riding with less fatigue and less stress, especially in poor road surfaces or wet weather. Above all, Niken delivers not only thrilling ride but also on Yamaha’s promise to exceed customer expectations.

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