Yamaha mt-09 review

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  • Packed with the cc CP3® engine, the MT combines aggressive styling and Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha MT

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    Even out of the slower turns the bike pulls a tall gear and still wheelstands with the TC off or tries to with it on. Styling-wise the MT was always hit and has taken this further, with newly styled twin-eye four-bulb LED headlights and six-bulb LED position lights with winglets. Coming to the motorcycle, the MT series has always been all about sharp design and compact dimensions and the 09 isn't any different. The switchgear is basic, stylish, easy to feel yet functional and I like that. This one was set one notch from hardest on spring, which was OK on smooth bitumen but harsh on bumpy roads so I backed it off a notch.

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    For someone who spent a lot of time in his late teens learning to ride a motorcycle on one wheel, naked streetbikes will always top my list of favourites. But Yamaha India being unable to give us a test bike for the longest time meant I couldn't test it. We finally did get a test ride, albeit a very short one, in Thailand.

    We rode the bike in what essentially is a parking area inside Yamaha's Thailand facility. The ground is used as a training circuit for its YRA or Yamaha Riding Academy, and is probably less than a quarter mile long. The MT is one of Yamaha's best selling middleweight motorcycles internationally and is also on sale in India. Coming to the motorcycle, the MT series has always been all about sharp design and compact dimensions and the 09 isn't any different.

    The menacing design of the projector beam equipped headlights, minimal bodywork and slim seat mean business. And by business I mean the bike's ability to engage and enthuse the rider, irrespective of whether he's just jumped off a PS superbike or has never ridden anything larger than say a KTM Duke. While the former crop of riders are sure to appreciate its lightness and the nifty performance, inexperienced riders are sure to like the MT for its friendliness and progressive power delivery.

    Of course, to help novice riders the bike features a comprehensive electronics package including traction control, riding modes and not to mention, ABS as well. It also comes equipped with a slipper clutch, apart from which the update last year also saw the MT get adjustable suspension. The Yamaha MT is powered by an inline triple cylinder displacing cc and also uses Yamaha's famous crossplane crankshaft technology that debuted on the YZF-R1 first.

    The riding posture is aggressive yet comfortable and I also liked the fact that the seat isn't split, which makes it easy to slide slightly back whenever needed. Coming to the powertrain, the MT benefits from Yamaha's trademark crossplane technology that has been employed here in an cc, inline three cylinder engine. Outputs stand at PS and 88Nm. With its instant throttle response and strong bottom end grunt the Yamaha MT is a hooligan when it comes to wheelies. And tipping the scales at kg wet, the MT is not too heavy.

    In fact it feels surprisingly light and nimble on the go. Despite the limited time in its saddle and the diminutive size of the test track it was easy to see why the MT is a huge hit internationally. But what impressed me the most was the fact that while ridiculously easy to ride even for a novice, the MT is also quick to turn into an absolute hooligan.

    The MT loves wheelies, power slides and stoppies. It's almost as if the bike was always meant to be a stunt machine! Lots of bottom end torque means the front wheel comes up at the drop of a hat and the MT makes wheelies ridiculously easy with its kind of performance and chassis balance. Needless to say, the chassis and suspension also make the bike easy to tip into corners. The Yamaha MT is quick to tip into corners and has a stable, planted feel when leaned over. The brakes offer a progressive feel as well and on the whole, there's a smoothness to everything.

    The ride was way too short but initial impressions are that the Yamaha MT the perfect recipe. It is light, friendly, fun to ride and powerful enough to suit various groups of riders. And that calls for the comparison test of the year!

    Now to wait for Yamaha India to get us a test bike in India. The only spanner in the works for the MT, for now, is its steep pricing. It comes in via the CBU route and retails at Rs If Yamaha can start assembling the bike in India and price it lower, the MT has what it takes to make the competition sweat. Jawa and Jawa Forty Two launched in India.

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