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    Smile Yamaha MT-09 Launched: xBhp News

    The Dark Side of Japan revealed: MT-09.


    Yamaha took the unusual step of publicly admitting at the 2012 Cologne motorcycle show it wasn’t doing enough to bring out exciting motorcycles, wasn’t selling enough bikes and was losing customers as they went elsewhere. Now Yamaha wants the world to understand its back.





    At the heart of this new bike is the 850cc motor which the firm promises will deliver instant throttle response with lots of low and mid-range torque. Peak power is a claimed 115bhp at 10,500rpm with 62lbft of torque at 8500rpm. This puts it almost bang in the middle of the sort of performance from the Triumph Street triple 675 and the Speed Triple 1050.


    In a move that separates Yamaha from the rest of the Japanese bike brands (although not Triumph) it has abandoned the in-line four in an effort to breathe more life into its models. Why has it done this? Yamaha needs a unique selling point to distinguish itself from the 'run of the mill' middleweights and hopefully promote sales. So what have we got?


















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    • ‘Crossplane philosophy’ for linear torque output,
    • 850cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke 3-cylinder DOHC 4-valve
    • 115hp @ 10,500rpm
    • 85 Nm @ 8,500rpm
    • 78mm x 59.1mm bore x stroke
    • 120ş crank with firing sequence at 0ş, 240ş and 480ş
    • Forged aluminium pistons and direct-plated cylinders
    • Newly-designed 6-speed transmission with compact clutch
    • Slim and lightweight CF die-cast aluminium frame
    • Asymmetric CF die-cast aluminium swingarm
    • Monocross rear suspension with horizontal shock, (somewhat like 1199 Panigale)
    • Refined ergonomics “full-control” riding position
    • YCC-T and D-MODE (switchable mapping) electronic control systems
    • 298mm floating front discs radial-mount calipers
    • All-new lightweight 10-spoke alloy wheels




    Andy Smith spoke to explain just what is going on, why the MT-09 is so exciting… and why Yamaha doesn’t mind if you don’t like it.


    Smith said: “Some people may not like this bike, some people may not get it, may not get what we are doing with this bike but we are willing to accept the risk that some people don’t like it because we think that is better than the current situation where 100% of people think we make nice bikes but don’t buy them.”
    What Yamaha wants is to take a slice of the large European market for naked bikes dominated by the European manufacturers. If you want a clear idea of the sort of bikes Yamaha has in mind then think Ducati Monster, Triumph Speed Triple, BMW F800 and even the KTM 990 Super Duke.


    Smith added: “Yamaha used to lead the market in lots of different categories and areas and we want to get that back. The MT-09 is the dawn of a new era for Yamaha and over the next five years everyone will see we are serious about motorcycles and we are going to reverse the fact we haven’t been as focused on markets like Europe as we should have been.”


    The 847cc triple makes 115hp, 63lb ft and comes with a 'ride by wire' throttle and variable power modes. Other than that, and the fact it has radial brakes, 10-spoke wheels and a horizontally mounted shock, details are limited aside from the 188kg weight and 14-litre tank. What is clear from the video however is that Yamaha is busy trying to display this machine as 'fun' and 'cool' - it's not often you see wheelies in a promotional video from a Japanese manufacturer.



    Yamaha's website says:
    Yamaha MT-09 is a whole new concept in sport bike design. With a compact new chassis and high-torque 3-cylinder engine, this new generation performance machine is designed for riders who appreciate character and soul.
    The beating heart of this new kind of animal is a lightweight 850cc 3-cylinder engine that kicks out a wide band of raw, linear torque giving outstanding acceleration that gets your adrenaline flowing.
    And for agile handling this dynamic new naked motard-style bike is equipped with a compact aluminium chassis and upright riding position that make light work of everything - from weekday urban riding through to Sunday morning blasts.

    This determines the International Yamaha's future itself. While we may not exactly love it, its hard to disagree that in a world filled up with many many 4 cylinders, triples have their own unique presence. Expect more products from Yamaha on this platform if this succeeds. Something tells me that this motorcycle would be fun to ride. A lot.

    Xbhp members, how do you perceive the Dark Side of Japan? Do you see International Yamaha's sales position improving anytime soon, by this move?
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    Default re: Yamaha MT-09 Launched: xBhp News

    Yamaha is the best in Japan when it comes to designing! and good thing for us is that we could expect a visually similar product with the claimed MT dna! Would be even better if it's a 250-300 cc machine.
    The 850 is mouth wateringly gorgeous!!

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    Default re: Yamaha MT-09 Launched: xBhp News

    Super cool product I would say. CP3 . Hmm...
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    Default re: Yamaha MT-09 Launched: xBhp News

    Europe had been truly neglected. The R1 receieved cross plane updates but other motorcycles received no more than asthetic changes.

    The MT-09 seems fun. Its the first triple and rumor has it that the R1 will get this next. Yamaha is going to spend its next few years launching 3 cylinder updates to their models. Not really exciting per se.

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    Default re: Yamaha MT-09 Launched: xBhp News

    I like. Very much!
    The black looks stealthy and menacing. This is how you design a futuristic streetfighter.…and it seems to have a lot of the VMax's cues. That can be only a good thing!


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    Default re: Yamaha MT-09 Launched: xBhp News

    So what happens to FZ8?

    Sound of the new triple.


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    @Duoscribe The FZ 8 will be replaced by the FZ 09, which is around $900 less than the motorcycle it will be replacing.
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    Default re: Yamaha MT-09 Launched: xBhp News

    thats VERY encouraging to read - not to mention i simply LOVE naked bikes [& a few other things *cough*]

    i hope & wish that they have identical sentiments towards india as well & they dont merely flood the european markets alone.

    yamaha has been perhaps even more ignorant about india & indian bikers than what our politicians are! daymn!

    there was a time when i used to dream that there will be a locally made 'hammer' a.k.a. the epic mt-01 & hence affordable to some who aspire to get a ninja or some such machine!
    but going by the way yamaha have treated india & indians, i am certainly not gonna realize that dream in this birth!

    are they & all other manufacturers, so freaking blind to realize that there is nothing that can to fight it out w/ the kawanja650?

    beats me!
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    Default re: Yamaha MT-09 Launched: xBhp News

    First look, the seating is a bit odd, imho. But power delivery, and the fact that it's a triple just blows over any design issues I might have with this bike. @whymail: I don't see why it shouldn't come to India. This bike being a 850cc, shouldn't have any issues in selling here. Plus it's a triple, so it should be cheaper than the biggies that yamaha has to offer here in India. I believe this bike if it comes here, will sit at that sweet spot below fz1 and n650 price-wise.
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    Default re: Yamaha MT-09 Launched: xBhp News

    In my personal view, i just love this! The MT01 is a no-nonsense bike (trust me, having ridden with it i can say that), and the MT09 is a fun bike with attitude on the street. FYI i heard that this will be called FZ09 in europe. read it somewhere but cant recall where. the design is odd from few angles. MT series is like that only

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