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Iwata's middleweight arsenal strengthened by new Yamaha MT-09

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  • Iwata's middleweight arsenal strengthened by new Yamaha MT-09

    One of the most respected names in the middleweight streetfighter world, the MT-09 has been overhauled for 2021. The new Yamaha MT-09 gets updated styling, a bump in displacement and world-class electronics further strengthening its serious bang for buck prospect.

    Yamaha states that virtually everything is new on the 2021 MT-09. In addition to the recurring theme of more power and less weight, the new Yamaha MT-09 also gets a plethora of new features with the electronics suite being the centrepiece.

    On the engine front, there has been a bump in displacement as mentioned before. The new crossplane triple now displaces 890cc as compared to the 847cc in the previous generation. This has also resulted in a bump in power and torque, though modest.

    The new Yamaha MT-09 makes 117 bhp of power and 93 Nm of torque. In contrast, the previous generation made 113 bhp of power and 88 Nm of torque. The engine is also Euro5 compliant.

    Yamaha has also stated that despite the increase in displacement, the new engine weighs less than its predecessor. This can be attributed to new pistons, con-rods, camshafts, and crankcases. On the transmission side, the new Yamaha MT-09 gets a quickshifter (both up and down) as standard in addition to a slip-assist clutch.

    The chassis is now a diecast Deltabox design made from aluminium. The subframe and the quirky swingarm are also made from aluminium. All of this has led to more weight reduction in case of the new Yamaha MT-09. The kerb weight is being touted to be around 189 kg which should give the motorcycle a very respectable power-to-weight ratio.

    The suspension for the 2021 MT-09 is taken care of KYB. The front forks are fully adjustable and the rear shock offers preload and rebound adjustment. Braking duties are taken care of by Nissin with a radial master cylinder and two 298mm discs at the front.

    Despite all the weight loss and power gain, the highlight on the new MT-09 is its electronics package. A 6-axis IMT has been used with which you get lean-angle sensitive traction control, slide control, and cornering ABS. All the electronics can be controlled with the switchgear and the new 3.5" TFT dashboard.

    The US pricing of the motorcycle has been announced and the new Yamaha MT-09 costs $9,399, a bump of just $400 over the previous model. The bump in price is insignificant considering the number changes and added features. While we find it a decent looking motorcycles, whether you're willing to spend that amount at all on something that looks like that, is entirely dependent on personal taste.

    Here are some photos to help you decide.


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    Re: Iwata's middleweight arsenal strengthened by new Yamaha MT-09

    Indeed one awesome ride. Bettering Euro 3 Street Triple's Power to Weight Ratio is amazing (although with a different segment in question) it shows that the Japanese can actually get stuff done, when they decide so...

    Lookswise, it can find its takers and skippers both. That hollow space under the seat, the KTM-ish initial approach & colour scheme, etc may cause a divide between pure Japanese-bike fans though..
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