|ALL-NEW YAMAHA MT-09
June 25 2013.
The 2014 model year marks the debut of what is surely one of the most significant new models to be launched by Yamaha in recent years. As well as representing the beginning of a new direction in sport bike evolution, this new machine represents the re-ignition of those forces that shaped the first generation MT models.
With its strong focus on heightened riding emotion, multi-faceted character, naked mass-forward style and outstanding all-round agility, this motorcycle takes Yamaha into new territory.
Created by the same team of engineers that changed the face of the supersport world with the original R1, the all-new MT-09 is ready to challenge the status quo and bring a new kind of performance, together with increased riding emotion and provocative new-wave design to the street.
This 850cc 3-cylinder naked motard-style design is a new kind of animal in the two-wheeled jungle that combines strength with guile. At the same time as having a wave of characterful torque waiting to be unleashed, this revolutionary new 3-cylinder bike also pushes out serious quantities of class-leading horsepower to give the MT-09 a leading power-to-weight ratio in the upper mid class. Weighing in at less than a Yamaha YZF-R6, this light, powerful and agile motorcycle will prove to be a revelation to those riders brought up on more conventional designs.
Building on the charismatic mass-forward look pioneered by the original MT models, its lightweight naked body shows off the compact engine and focuses attention on the muscular motard look that emphasizes the bike's dynamic image.
The arrival of the MT-09 marks more than just a new chapter in Yamaha's evolution.
The company's decision to diversify into the 3-cylinder class reflects the fact that very many of today's sport riders place a great emphasis on engine character and everyday driveability. While there will always be a place in the market for high-powered 4-cylinder motorcycles, Yamaha believe that the 3-cylinder layout used in the new MT-09 opens up a new world of possibilities.
By combining the best characteristics of both the 4-cylinder engine and the parallel twin, the new lightweight Yamaha 3-cylinder unit offers a new and exciting riding experience to those customers who may be either moving up from the 600cc class, or down from the one-litre class.
Producing class leading torque and high levels of horsepower, together with a throaty exhaust note, this easy-handling mid-class motorcycle takes the sport category into new territory.
European sport bike market background
Within the European marketplace, the demand for sport bikes accounts for around 40% of all sales, making it the largest sector. Despite the economic slowdown in Europe, this particular class has seen strong sales, and Yamaha believe that this trend is set to continue, especially in the 700cc - 999cc class.
A growing number of riders in Europe are appreciating the attractions of a owning a sport bike. Their upright riding position makes them ideal for everyday use together with weekend sport and leisure riding, and their power and handling character makes the easy to handle in a variety of situations.
• All-new 3-cylinder sport bike
• 115 hp - 85 Nm
• Wet weight 188kg / ABS 191kg
Dry weight (*) 171kg / ABS 174kg
• Linear and enjoyable torque delivery
• Best power-to-weight ratio in the 700cc+ sport class
• Lighter than a YZF-R6
• Slim and lightweight aluminium chassis
• Naked Motard 'mass-forward' style
• Compact body design
• Upright riding position for maximum control
• Refined ergonomics for a stress free ride
• A new kind of bike to deliver a new level of excitement
Engine technical highlights
• 850cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke 3-cylinder DOHC 4-valve
• 'Crossplane philosophy' for linear torque output
• 115hp @ 10,500rpm
• 85 Nm @ 8,500rpm
• 78mm x 59.1mm bore x stroke
• 120º crank with firing sequence at 0º, 240º and 480º
• Narrow angle valves with 11.5:1 compression ratio
• Compact counter-balancer
• Fuel injection with YCC-T
• High fuel efficiency and 14-litre tank give 240km+ range
• Forged aluminium pistons and direct-plated cylinders
• Offset 3-cylinder layout
• Downdraft intake with unequal length funnels
• Newly-designed 6-speed transmission with compact clutch
• Pipeless design for cooling systems
• Single unit-type exhaust pipe and 3-into-1 muffler
• Compact oil pan allows 51º bank angle
• Yamaha D-mode switchable mapping
• Compact and lightweight engine weighs only 60kg
Chassis technical highlights
• Lightweight frame featuring CF aluminium die-cast components
• Lightweight CF aluminum die-cast asymmetric swingarm
• Externally-mounted swingarm pivots for reduced chassis width
• 188kg wet weight, 171kg dry(*) weight
• Link-type Monocross rear suspension with horizontal shock
• Upside-down forks with 41mm tubes
• Newly-designed lightweight 10-spoke cast aluminium wheels
• 17-inch radial tyres front and rear
• 14-litre 'slim-fit' steel fuel tank with depression in knee grip area
• Dual floating 298mm front discs
• Radial-mount 4-pot opposed piston calipers
• Sintered brake pads
• 400mm long flat seat giving range of riding positions
• Multi-reflector headlight
• Forged aluminum brake and gear shift pedals
• LED tail light with separate left and right side lamps with full-surface lighting for braking only
• Newly-designed hexagonal rear view mirrors
• Lightweight LCD instrument panel
• All-new compact switchgear
• Deep Armor with MT fuel tank logo graphic
• Blazing Orange with MT fuel tank logo graphic
• Race Blu
• Matt Grey
Suggested Retail Price*: £6799 plus road fund and first reg. fees.