All-New Yamaha MT-09 Unveiled
Yamaha claims the new 2014 model year represents the re-ignition of those forces that shaped the first generation MT models.
Created by the same team of engineers that developed the original R1, and weighing in at less than a Yamaha YZF-R6, this 850cc 3-cylinder naked motard ‘mass-forward’ style design has been inspired by Japanese sub-culture.
The company’s decision to diversify into the 3-cylinder class reflects the fact that many of today’s sport riders place an increased emphasis on engine character and everyday driveability. While there will always be a place in the market for high-powered 4-cylinder motorcycles, Yamaha believe that the 3-cylinder layout used in the new MT-09 opens up a new set of possibilities.
By combining the characteristics of both the 4-cylinder engine and the parallel twin, the new lightweight Yamaha 3-cylinder unit offers a new riding experience to those customers who may be either moving up from the 600cc class, or down from the one-litre class.
Within the European marketplace, the demand for sport bikes accounts for around 40% of all sales, making it the largest sector. Despite the economic slowdown in Europe, this particular class has seen strong sales, and Yamaha believe that this trend is set to continue, especially in the 700cc – 999cc class.
• All-new 3-cylinder sport bike
• 115hp – 85 Nm
• Wet weight 188kg / ABS 191kg
• Dry weight 171kg / ABS 174kg
• Best power-to-weight ratio in the 700cc+ sport class
Engine technical features:
• 850cc liquid-cooled 4-stroke 3-cylinder DOHC 4-valve, weighing 60kg
• ‘Crossplane philosophy’ for linear torque output
• 115hp @ 10,500rpm
• 85 Nm @ 8,500rpm
• 78mm x 59.1mm bore x stroke
• 120º crank with firing sequence at 0º, 240º and 480º
• Narrow angle valves with 11.5:1 compression ratio
• Compact counter-balancer
• Fuel injection with YCC-T
• 14-litre tank gives 240km+ range
• Forged aluminium pistons and direct-plated cylinders
• Offset 3-cylinder layout
• Downdraft intake with unequal length funnels
• Newly-designed 6-speed transmission with compact clutch
• Pipeless design for cooling systems
• Single unit-type exhaust pipe and 3-into-1 muffler
• Compact oil pan allows 51º bank angle
• Yamaha D-mode switchable mapping