The striking Yamaha NIKEN has been chosen as the “Best of the Best” for 2019 in the globally-renowned Red Dot Award Product Design competition. The achievement marks the second design award received by the NIKEN following on from the Good Design Award 2018.
The NIKEN is what Yamaha calls an LMW (Leaning Multi-Wheel), which boasts an 845cc liquid-cooled in-line three-cylinder engine and a clever three-wheeled design. Thanks to the double front wheels, an LMW is less susceptible to changes in the riding environment, providing a higher degree of stability during turns. At the core of the design is the solid ground contact of the front two-wheels, coupled with a sports bike style design and dynamic engine response.
The Red Dot Design Awards, organized by Germany’s Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen, are widely recognized as one of the most prestigious design awards in the world.