Yamaha’s new MT-09 2021 naked bike is faster, sharper and better equipped than before, yet its styling updates remain a point of contention among fans of the brand.
When INFO MOTO shared leaked images of the new MT-09, just days before its official unveiling, readers were struck by its design direction.
Some have praised its daring looks, however, the MT-09’s centrally mounted LED headlight design and unconventional exhaust seems to have left something to be desired for the majority of its fans.
While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the updated Yamaha MT-09 is far more than a styling exercise, and offers significant performance and tech enhancements compared to the outgoing model.
Most notably, the triple-cylinder engine has grown from 847cc to 889cc, which translates to a 3kW power jump for a total output of 87.5kW and 93Nm.
The 2021 MT-09 has a unique stance thanks in part to a new aluminium frame and lighter wheels, while the inclusion of six-axis lean-angle-sensitive rider aids should significantly enhance the bike’s cornering manners.
Borrowing from the high performance YZF-R1, the new rider aid suite includes three-level traction control, slide control, front wheel lift control and brake control as standard.
Other updates extend to a new 3.5-inch TFT display with a bar-type tacho, a standard-fit up/down quickshifter, a radial front brake master cylinder, fully adjustable front forks (41mm travel) and adjustable rear suspension to match an all-new swingarm.
Local pricing has yet to be confirmed, however, the current Yamaha MT-09 is available from $14,249 rideaway.
The MT naked bike family, which includes the learner friendly MT-03 and MT-07, as well as the hi-po MT-10, will likely follow the new MT-09’s design direction in the future.
It is also possible that Yamaha is preparing a new XSR900 modern retro that will adopt the MT-09’s performance upgrades.
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