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All new Yamaha MT-09 breaks cover

Updated: Jun 7, 2021

Yamaha has reinforced its dominance in the Hyper Naked category with the launch of the all-new MT-09 for 2021. Lighter, more powerful, and more technologically advanced in every area, this dynamic new motorcycle is the purest expression of the core values that make the MT range such a huge hit.

A key factor in the runaway success of the MT-09 is the exciting performance of its CP3 three-cylinder crossplane technology engine. After eight years of providing the most exciting and rewarding riding experience, the time has come for a new design that delivers higher levels of power and torque at all engine speeds.

To achieve a more torquey and agile feel the 2021 EU5-compliant engine has been completely redesigned and reduced in weight. Virtually every major component is new, including pistons, connecting rods, camshafts, and crankcases, and despite its larger capacity and higher power output, the 2021 powerplant – including the new exhaust – is 1700g lighter than the current design.

Engine capacity is enlarged to 889cc by increasing the bore size by 3mm, and the extra 42cc boosts maximum horsepower by 4PS to 119PS at 10,000rpm. However, the most significant improvement is the increased torque output. Maximum torque on the new engine is 93Nm, and peak torque is achieved at only 7000rpm – a full 1500rpm lower down the rev scale.

Higher levels of linear torque at lower engine speeds increase the real-world performance of the new MT-09 by enabling the rider to fully access available power at everyday riding speeds. The new big-torque 889cc engine makes a real difference – and together with its new up and down Quick Shift System, the 2021 MT-09 is the main contender for top honours in the 900cc Hyper Naked category.

To express the outstanding handling performance of the all-new MT-09, Yamaha has introduced a coverless design where all unnecessary bodywork is removed to give a dynamic and agile new look from every angle. The compact front fender and minimalist headlamp nacelle are the only other pieces of bodywork on this muscular naked chassis, highlighting the beautifully styled chassis and giving the bike a strong, purposeful and mechanically pure look, all of which is accentuated by the new Crystal Graphite frame colour.

The slimline seat and pointed tail – along with the total absence of sidepanels and other unnecessary additions – serve to emphasise the stripped down good looks. The all new MT-09’s compact and athletic character is underpinned by weighing in at just 189kg wet – 4kg less than the current model and less than its closest competitor in the 900cc naked class.

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