Yamaha MT-09

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Yamaha MT-09
Yamaha MT-09 2014.jpg
2014 Yamaha MT-09
ManufacturerYamaha Motor Company
Also calledYamaha FZ-09 (North America; 2014–2017)
Parent companyYamaha Corporation
Production2014–present[1][2][3][4]
AssemblyJapan
PredecessorYamaha FZ8
Class
Engine847 cc (51.7 cu in) liquid-cooled 4-stroke 12-valve DOHC inline-three with crossplane crankshaft
Bore / stroke78.0 mm × 59.1 mm (3.1 in × 2.3 in)
Compression ratio11.5:1
Power
  • 85.7 kW (114.9 hp; 116.5 PS) @ 10,000 rpm[7]
  • 77.7 kW (104.2 hp; 105.6 PS) @ 9,940 rpm (rear wheel)[8]
Torque
  • 88 N⋅m (65 lbf⋅ft) @ 8,500 rpm[7]
  • 82 N⋅m (60 lbf⋅ft) @ 8,360 rpm (rear wheel)[8]
Transmission6-speed constant mesh
Suspension
  • Front: Inverted 41 mm (1.6 in) telescopic fork with adjustable preload and rebound, 137 mm (5.4 in) travel
  • Rear: Swingarm with monoshock, adjustable preload and rebound, 130 mm (5.1 in) travel
Rake, trail25°, 104 mm (4.1 in)
Wheelbase1,440 mm (56.7 in)
Seat height820 mm (32.3 in)
Weight188 kg (414 lb) (claimed)[5] (wet)
Fuel capacity14 L (3.1 imp gal; 3.7 US gal)
Related

The Yamaha MT-09 (called FZ-09 in North America until 2017) is a Yamaha naked or standard motorcycle of the MT series with an 847 cc (51.7 cu in) liquid-cooled 4-stroke 12-valve DOHC inline-three engine with crossplane crankshaft[1][9], a lightweight cast alloy frame, and an inverted telescopic fork.[5] For 2018, the bike is now designated MT-09 in all markets.[10]

2017 Yamaha MT-09

Design and development[edit]

The MT-09 competes against the Triumph Street Triple, the Kawasaki Z800, the MV Agusta Brutale 800 and Yamaha's own FZ8.[11] It is intended to restore Yamaha's fortunes, as the factory has in recent years lost its reputation for innovation.[opinion][12] The MT-09's product manager, Shun Miyazawa, said Yamaha had considered parallel-twins, inline-threes, inline-fours and V-twins, but that the inline-three gave the "best solution" of power, torque and low weight. Comparing the MT-09 to the Street Triple, he said the Triumph was a streetfighter, but the Yamaha was a "roadster motard".[13]

Both the frame and the double-sided swinging arm are made of lightweight alloy 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.[13] The MT-09 is the first Yamaha motorcycle since the XS750 and XS850 to be powered by a inline-three engine. Both are shaft-driven motorcycles produced from 1976 to 1981.

In 2017, the MT-09 was updated with fully adjustable suspension, traction control, ABS, slipper clutch, LED headlights and new styling.[2]

Tracer 900/FJ-09/MT-09 Tracer[edit]

The Tracer 900 (FJ-09 in North America) is a sport touring model introduced in 2015 based on the MT-09. From 2016, in Europe and the United Kingdom, the name changed to Tracer 900 from MT-09 Tracer.[14] It differs from the MT-09 in a number of ways, including that it has a partial fairing, a larger fuel tank, ABS brakes, handguards, centerstand, a 12-volt power socket, traction control, revised fuel map, drive-by-wire throttle mapping with three selectable riding modes. The display is very similar to the XT1200Z Super Ténéré's. It also has LED headlights and taillight.[15]

Related models[edit]

Shun Miyazawa said buyers are moving away from the 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".[13] This was translated into the creation of the MT-07 (FZ-07 in North America), the XSR700, the XSR900 and the MT-10 (FZ-10 in North America).

Reception[edit]

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".[16] 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."[17] Cycle World named the FZ-09 'Best Standard' of 2015.[6]

In an MCN 5-bike group test in 2015, the testers felt that the MT-09 Tracer was a better bike and better value than its four competitors, namely: a Triumph Tiger 800XRx and a Tiger Sport, a Honda Crossrunner, and a Ducati Hyperstrada.[18]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Dawes, Justin (11 June 2013), "2014 Yamaha FZ-09 First Look", MotorcycleUSA
  2. ^ a b c "AIMExpo News: 2017 Yamaha FZ-09 First Look Review". Motorcyclist. October 13, 2016. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  3. ^ Kunitsugu, Kent (December 17, 2015). "Suzuki GSX-S750 vs. Yamaha FZ-09 - Budget Blasters". Sport Rider. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  4. ^ Hoyer, Mark (June 19, 2015). "2014 Yamaha FZ-09 - LONG-TERM TEST WRAP-UP". Cycle World. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  5. ^ a b c Yamaha (2013), The Next Generation Sport Bike
  6. ^ a b "Best Standard: Yamaha FZ-09; Three cylinders, no waiting", Cycle World, 27 July 2015
  7. ^ a b Dirck Edge (11 June 2013), Yamaha Unveils 2014 FZ-09 850 Triple, Motorcycle Daily
  8. ^ a b Canet, Don (June 16, 2016). "Kawasaki Z800 vs. Yamaha FZ-09 - COMPARISON TEST". Cycle World. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  9. ^ "2016 Yamaha FZ-09". Motorcycle USA. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
  10. ^ Richards, Seth (March 7, 2018). "The Yamaha MT-07 Is As Good As Everyone Says It Is". Cycle World. Retrieved March 21, 2018.
  11. ^ MotorCycle News 4 September 2013, page 12 & 13
  12. ^ MotorCycle News 4 September 2013, page 1 - "Yamaha Strikes Back!"
  13. ^ a b c MotorCycle News 4 September 2013, page 11
  14. ^ "Turnup your Emotions". Yamaha Europe. Retrieved October 3, 2016.
  15. ^ http://www.yamaha-motor.com.au/products/motorcycle/road/torque-sport/15-mt-09-tracer
  16. ^ Motorcycle News 4 September 2013, page 8 & 13
  17. ^ Cameron, Kevin (22 August 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
  18. ^ Motorcycle News 26 August 2015

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