Yamaha has unveiled the 2021 MT-09, an all-new street naked motorcycle that's lighter, more powerful and packs more tech than its predecessor as well as the design of the MT-09 whilst retaining its aggressive street fighter stance. The most obvious difference between the old and new Yamaha MT-09 is the headlamp. The new single projector LED headlamp, flanked by LED strips looks markedly different to the twin-projector setup on the old bike, that certainly had the angrier face. The fuel tank is new as well and looks aggressively styled. We are yet not sure when Yamaha MT-09 in Nepal will be launched.
The motorcycle features typical street fighter motorcycle ergonomics, with a 825mm seat height and a canted forward riding position. But the highlight here is that the riding position can be tweaked. This can be done by undoing the handlebar clamps and rotating them 10mm forward. Likewise the footpeg mounts can be raised 14mm higher as well as 4mm rearward, depending on the rider's preference. The 2021 Yamaha MT-09 gets new brakes (298mm discs at the front and 245mm disc at the rear) with a Nissin radial master cylinder. Barring the YZF-R1, the 2021 MT-09 is the second Yamaha motorcycle to feature such a braking setup.
Yamaha has made major changes to the crossplane inline-triple engine. For starters, the cubic capacity has been bumped up from 847cc to 890cc, with the same bore (78mm) but a longer stroke at 62.1 mm. The engine also gets new forged pistons, camshaft fracture-split connecting rods, and crankshaft. As a result of all of these revisions, the new engine makes 117 hp at 10,000 rpm and 93 Nm. The engine is paired with a six-speed gearbox, with an up/down quickshifter as well as an assist and slip clutch as standard. Yamaha is offering three riding modes- Mode 1 Mode 2 and Mode M, the latter being a custom mode that allows the rider to tweak the settings as per preference. All of this can be accessed via a new 3.5-inch TFT display.
ThenYamaha MT-09 finally gets the teeth to fight its ever evolving competition. The more powerful engine, modern-day electronics and features will surely bump up the price by a fair margin. The 2021 Yamaha MT-09 goes on sale in International markets soon. Whether Yamaha will get the 2021 MT-09 to Nepal is unclear but if it does, expect the motorcycle to be launched next year and priced well above the Rs 20 lakh. In terms of competition, the Yamaha will go up against the KTM 790 Duke and Triumph Street Triple R. For more information about auto news in Nepal, stay tune with us.