|Manufacturer||Yamaha Motor Company|
|Also called||MT-09 (Europe), FZ-09 (US)|
|Engine||847 cc (51.7 cu in) Inline triple|
|Bore / stroke||78 mm × 59.1 mm|
|Power||115 hp (86 kW) @ 10,000 RPM|
|Torque||65 ft·lb (88 N·m) @ 8,500 RPM|
|Weight||188 kg (414 lb) (claimed) (wet)|
|Fuel capacity||14 l (3.1 imp gal; 3.7 US gal)|
The Yamaha MT-09 (FZ-09 in the US) is a Yamaha sport bike motorcycle with an 847 cc (51.7 cu in) inline triple engine. It has an all-new desaxé engine, a lightweight cast alloy frame, and USD forks.
Design and development
The MT-09 is an affordable, lightweight, torquey bike that will compete against the likes of the Triumph Street Triple, the Kawasaki Z800, the MV Agusta Brutale and Yamaha’s own FZ8. A very significant new model, the MT-09 is intended to restore Yamaha's fortunes, as the factory has in recent years lost its reputation for innovation. The MT-09 's product manager, Shun Miyazawa, said Yamaha had considered in-line twins, triples and fours, and V-twins; but that the in-line triple gave the "best solution" of power, torque and low weight. Comparing the MT-09 to the Triumph Street Triple, he said the Triumph was a streetfighter, but the Yamaha was a "roadster motard".
Both the frame and the double-sided swinging arm are lightweight alloy units which are cast in two pieces. The frame castings are bolted together at the headstock and at the rear, but the swinging arm parts are welded together.
The MT-09 is the first Yamaha triple since the XS750 and XS850, both shaft-drive motorcycles produced from 1976 to 1981.
Shun Miyazawa said buyers are moving away from supersport bikes, adding, "(Yamaha) aim to create an older and younger brother and cousins (to the MT-09) - maybe the same capacity, but a slightly different concept". This is expected to mean updated TDM and TRX models using the MT-09's 850 triple engine, rather than a 270° parallel-twin engine.
In Motor Cycle News Michael Neeves said, "The MT-09 starts an exciting new era for Yamaha" and "The MT-09 is a roadster for all occasions. It’s fun". However, the ride-by-wire throttle was criticised as "snatchy". Cycle World's Kevin Cameron describes the styling as "V-Max meets Transformers Robot", "like a Supermono" and "an up-to-the-minute streetfighter, no bland revival of a 1970s' UJM. Call it a new synthesis."
- Dawes, Justin (June 11, 2013), "2014 Yamaha FZ-09 First Look", MotorcycleUSA
- Yamaha (2013), The Next Generation Sport Bike
- Dirck Edge (June 11, 2013), Yamaha Unveils 2014 FZ-09 850 Triple, Motorcycle Daily
- MotorCycle News 4 September 2013, page 12 &13
- MotorCycle News 4 September 2013, page 1 - "Yamaha Strikes Back!"
- MotorCycle News 4 September 2013, page 11
- Motorcycle News 4 September 2013, page 8 & 13
- Cameron, Kevin (August 22, 2013), "2014 Yamaha FZ-09 – Technical Review Yamaha shoots a $7990 bullet into the heart of boring bargain bikes with its new 847cc Triple", Cycle World