Many would have anticipated the Yamaha R25 when we had last posted about Yamaha’s big announcement due on today’s date. But we’d say it was an easy guess considering the emphasis given by Kunihiko Miwa- Yamaha Motor Corporation’s Senior Executive officer on Yamaha’s three cylinder technology. True to our anticipation, Yamaha Motor Company has unveiled the three cylinder 850cc Yamaha MT-09 motorcycle.
Yamaha states that “When we set out to develop the MT-09 our goal was to create a new kind of sport bike with three key elements that would set it apart from other models. First of all we wanted a new kind of engine developing strong and exciting torque. The chassis had to be compact and slim. And this next generation sport bike would need a unique character that would make every ride special. With its 850cc 3-cylinder engine, the new MT-09 produces remarkable levels of linear torque that redefine sport riding. The lightweight aluminium chassis is agile and easy to handle. And the naked bodywork with wide handlebars and flat seat gives confidence and control.”
Producing peak power of 115 ps @ 10,000 rpm and 87.5 nm of torque @ 8,500 rpm, the fuel injected three cylinder 850cc engine is mated to a six speed gearbox. With scales tipping at 188 kg (191 kg with ABS), the Yamaha MT-09 features an all new CF Aluminium die-cast frame and an asymmetrical rear swingarm with a horizontally mounted monocross suspension.
Ergonomics have been taken care of by a ‘slim fit’ riding position with the 14 litre tank with deep knee recesses tucking your knees comfortably with wide tapering handlebars and a long flat seat making the MT-09 suitable for all kinds of riding.
Corrosion proof Nanofilm coated three stainless steel downpipes are concealed into a short and compact EU-3 muffler. An all new set of 10 spoke alloy wheels are mounted with newly-developed radial tyres with 120/70ZR17 at the front and 180/55ZR17 at the rear. The new Yamaha MT-09 would retail in shades of Deep Armor, Blazing Orange, Matt Grey and Race Blu.
The Yamaha MT-09 seems Yamaha’s newfound step towards the three cylinder technology and it would be easy to expect this technology extending to its overall lineup in the near future.
|Bore x stroke||78.0 mm x 59.1 mm|
|Compression ratio||11.5 : 1|
|Maximum power||84.6 kW (115PS) @ 10,000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||87.5 Nm (8.9 kg-m) @ 8,500 rpm|
|Lubrication system||Wet sump|
|Transmission system||Constant Mesh|
|Front suspension system||Telescopic forks|
|Front travel||137 mm|
|Rear suspension system||Swingarm|
|Rear Travel||130 mm|
|Front brake||Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 298 mm|
|Rear brake||Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm|
|Front tyre||120/70ZR17M/C (58W) (Tubeless)|
|Rear tyre||180/55ZR17M/C (73W) (Tubeless)|
|Overall length||2,075 mm|
|Overall width||815 mm|
|Overall height||1,135 mm|
|Seat height||815 mm|
|Wheel base||1,440 mm|
|Minimum ground clearance||135 mm|
|Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)||188 kg / ABS 191 kg|
|Fuel tank capacity||14 L|
|Oil tank capacity||3.4 L|