Yamaha Niken is an unconventional motorcycle, but regardless of that, Yamaha seems to be making another three-wheeler. Some publications found new patents that show a three-wheeler derivative of the TMAX 650 motorcycle.
The new design will replace Niken’s front suspension setup with a parallelogram linkage system – which is very similar to the Brudeli Tech system. Actually, Yamaha bought the patent rights for that system from the Norwegian company.
The system in question tips the front wheels with the rest of the motorcycle, a principle that Yamaha used before on its MW-Vision concept shown on the Tokyo Motor Show. Well, the latest patent shows a very similar system on the new derivative of the TMAX bike. There will be an electric engine on the front suspension to help it when you lean the bike. The system in question won’t be utilized all the time, but it will make the bike feel lie a two-wheeler.
If Yamaha uses the TMAX as a backbone for the new three-wheeler, we are expecting a motorcycle powered by 562cc parallel-twin engine with 47 horsepower. The motor drives the rear wheel through a variable belt transmission. Based on the patent sketch, we can see that other parts of the TMAX aren’t changed, instead of the new front section.
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Source: Web Bike World