Not only an EU-4 countermeasure but a refreshed design and added equipments for 2017. Our developers explain.
“We sold an incredible amount of units with the MT-09” says Oliver Grill from Product Planning.
“The concept was exactly right, with the exciting triple engine, the torque, the upright riding position, the focus on agility and the light weight of the bike. So we decided to keep that.”
He elaborates: “For example to make it more agile, it would actually become too nervous. And to make lighter weight could only be done by very expensive materials and we want to keep an affordable price. So we worked on the two areas that still had most potential to improve, and that was the design and the electronics.”
“The MT design was very puristic, not so mainstream, kind of machine-type. Now we aimed to get a stronger identity, a more aggressive style with double headlights and a very distinguishing design. The air intakes are more emphasized as a technical expression. The overall quality feeling is higher, and we have added winglets below the headlight area and a nicely designed radiator shroud for a smoother appearance.”
“The tail is more characteristic and looks shorter now. Even the bottom is cleanly covered. And for an unobstructed view from the rear, we moved the license plate holder away from the tail” says Oliver. “It is now swingarm-mounted by means of a forged aluminium stay. This is radical and unconventional, but for those who don’t like it we have other versions available as accessory!”
Engine enhanced with modern technologies
“We also wanted to bring more supersports features into the MT world” says his boss Naoki Koike.
“Traction control was already introduced last year, and now the bike is also equipped with a slipper clutch and a quickshifter, to emphasize the sporty attitude.”
Yamaha’s Quick Shift System was introduced on the R1 in 2015. It allows to make upshifts while keeping the throttle open and without having to engage the clutch, so you can fully exploit the acceleration potential of the engine.
“This is common technology in racing that is spread to the road oriented models now” says Oliver. “The technology has become sophisticated and reliable and can be integrated well with the existing electronics on the bike.”
Riding position fine-tuned
The riding position on MT-09 is pretty special: in between a roadster and supermotard. It features a wide handlebar with the rider seated upright and close to the handlebar. The seat is slightly redesigned and 5 mm higher. The narrow knee grip and relatively flat seat (without back-cushion) gives you the freedom to shift your weight around.
You can even more so do that with the accessory high seat, which is completely flat, one of the over 50 genuine accessories that are available to personalize and fine-tune your MT-09 to your own wishes!
“We expected competitors would react to the success of the MT-09” concludes Naoki. “But actually they haven’t. Still, we moved one step ahead, getting even more fun from our triple engine by the additional supersports technologies. And the new and more aggressive styling is designed in conjunction with more quality. All of this, without losing the key advantage of the affordable price level!”