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2013-06-19 09:16

RELOADED: Yamaha has unveiled the new MT-09, available from September 2013. No news yet if it will reach SA. Image: Newspress

Yamaha is ready to bombard the market with an onslaught of new products and this MT-09 is the latest.

Through the past 60 years Yamaha has always pushed the boundaries of motorcycle design with concepts, technology and directions. This new three-cylinder sport bike is no different in the form of the MT-09.

Yamaha South Africa, however, says there have been no talks yet about the MT-09 coming here.

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Fresh from the ground up, the new generation bike has been built to deliver a whole new riding experience where the focus is on “controllability, torque and agility".

The new MT-09 has a strong focus on ride emotion, style and all-round agility taking the brand to new territory.

Powered by an 850cc naked engine, this motard combines the best characteristics of both the four-cylinder engine and the lightweight three-cylinder. It pushes out 85kW at 10 500rpm and 85Nm at 8500rpm.


It has a lightw aluminium chassis for a reduced weight of 188kg wet/171kg dry. This means it's lighter than the YZF-R6 supersport machine. The four-stroke DOHC quad-valve engine's bore and stroke are 78 x 59.1mm and runs with a compression ratio of 11.5:1. It is linked to a six-speed transmission.

The fuel system uses a compact and light fuel pump along with a 14-litre fuel tank. This efficient fuel-injection system and efficient Yamaha chip-controlled throttle (YCC-T) allows for a driving range of 240km.

The MT-09 is fitted with a single-piece three-into-one exhaust system and short muffler featuring three internal expansion chambers. Yamaha says the stubby muffler emits a pleasing sound and its concealed underslung location contributes to the centralisation of mass, which in turn helps to ensure light and responsive handling.

The bike’s ergonomics have been developed to give riders an adaptable riding position that suits each person's style and size.


The relaxed riding position come from a 40cm long and almost flat seat. Its length and shape allow the rider to shift riding position according to speed and terrain. A light and wide tapered handlebar is used for the first time on a Yamaha sport bike and to create a natural and upright riding position, it is mounted quite high on the aluminium crown.

There’s also a new asymmetrically-mounted light LCD instrument panel with a digital bar display for the tachometer and a useful gear indicator. The compact hexagonal-type rear view mirrors emphasise the ‘mass-forward’ body design.

Niceties include forged aluminium brake and shift pedals and footrests; angular headlights feature a multi-reflector design, a new-style diode tail light was inspired by the MT-01.

As with Yamaha’s YZ-F range which was unveiled in June 2013, there’s a whole load of functional accessories that will be available at the same time as the machine is introduced into the UK market in September 2013.

Available colours will include royal blue and orange, each with MT fuel-tank graphics, Yamaha’s race blue and matte grey.

Pricing for the MT-O9 is estimated to be the equivalent of R105 300.
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