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Yamaha MT-09: Why you should or shouldn't buy this?

Yamaha MT-09: Why you should or shouldn't buy this?

Snapshot: Yamaha MT-09 - The hyper naked street-fighter motorcycle gets both cosmetic and mechanical updates, ultimately making it a complete hooligan machine to ride.

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Yamaha MT-09 is the most recent hyper naked street-fighter motorcycle introduced in the Indian Market by Yamaha Motors India, the Indian subsidiary of Japan-based motorcycle manufacturer. The Yamaha MT-09 has got some serious sharp looks, brute power, intimidating torque, high-end features and exciting ride quality. The bike is coming to Yamaha dealerships as a CBU (Completely Built Unit) and the booking has already commenced.

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Yamaha MT-09 - A power-loaded machine from the MT Series

Before going further, firstly, let us know all about Yamaha's MT series. Yamaha started manufacturing the MT series motorcycles in 2005 and tasted some real success with its products. For those not in the know, MT means - 'Master of Torque' because the machines of this series deliver intimidating and raw torque across the rev range. MT series consisted a number of different motorcycles like Yamaha MT-10 Tourer Edition, Yamaha MT-10 SP, Yamaha MT-03, Yamaha MT-07 Tracer, Yamaha MT-10, Yamaha MT-09, Yamaha MT-25, Yamaha MT-07 Moto Cage, Yamaha MT-125, Yamaha MT-07, Yamaha MT-03 and Yamaha MT-01. The MT series motorcycles got propulsion from different types of engines as well, namely single cylinder, twin cylinders, parallel twins, in-line 3, in-line 4 and V-Twin. The motorcycles also received a slew of riding aides and high-end features, like dual-channel ABS, multi-mode traction control, riding modes, LED lamps, digital instrument cluster, Yamaha's QSS (Quick Shift System) with a slipper clutch, Yamaha's Monocross Suspensions and front USD forks.

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Also Read: 2019 Yamaha MT-09 priced at Rs.10.55 lakhs, launched in India

Mentioned below are few aspects about the Yamaha MT-09 that will certainly help you to figure out if you should or shouldn't buy this fiery machine from the stable of Yamaha Motors.

Yamaha MT-09 Looks - Absolute Beast with Enhanced Sharpness

The Yamaha MT-09 looks dynamic and aggressive simultaneously from the moment you'll see it. The bug-face twin headlight unit makes the front of the hyper naked even more intimidating and menacing. The extending tank shrouds and lightweight fins on the radiator give the bike a sharper appeal. The swingarm mounted license plate holder provides the motorcycle with a lightweight and agile look. The hyper naked bike oozes oodles of dynamic styling from the front to rear, making it an absolute scintillating head-turner machine.

Yamaha MT-09 2019 Specifications

Yamaha MT-09 features an inline 3,847 cc, crossplane engine that is married to a 6-speed slick gearbox. The motor churns out 111 bhp and 87.5 Nm of max torque. The torque delivery is raw and linear, and the Yamaha MT-09 bike doesn't seem to go out of breath; there is ample amount of torque at disposal whenever you will try to throttle it up. The gearbox comes with Yamaha's QSS (Quick Shift System) and a slipper clutch that helps in avoiding loss of torque when one is trying to take those mean corners.

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Yamaha MT-09 specs also get fully adjustable 41 mm USD front forks that are now equipped with compression damping feature. Yamaha has separated this function as the compression damping is taken care by the right leg of the fork and the rebound damping happens in the left leg. Now, this is what you call completely adjustable forks. The hyper naked street-fighter also gets dual-channels ABS and a multi-mode traction control through which the rider can achieve greater levels of stability at higher speeds. The motorcycle also offers 3 riding modes which assist the rider in controlling the engine's power delivery characteristics.

Also Read:2019 Yamaha MT-15 first look before 15 March India Launch

Yamaha MT-09 Price in India

This powerful machine is available as a CBU in India and the Yamaha MT-09 bike price has been kept at Rs. 10,55,354 (ex-showroom). The 2018 model was introduced at a lesser price but due to the fluctuating value of dollars, the price has been hiked by the Japanese brand.

Yamaha MT-09 2019 vs. Competition

The Yamaha MT-09 price helps it to undercut the Triumph Speed Triple ABS (Rs. 11.64 lakh), but the British bike is a smartly marketed product and Yamaha will have to up their game in marketing the MT-09 in India. The Italians have placed their powerful motorcycle - Ducati Monster 821 (Rs. 9.51 lakh) at the lowest in this segment and Kawasaki Z900 has been placed at a whopping Rs. 15.30 lakh. The arrival of Yamaha MT-09 has heated up this segment for sure and only time can tell what future holds for these products.

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Conclusion

The competition has an upper hand here as they have had their presence in India for quite some time now as compared to the newbie 2019 Yamaha MT-09, which still has a long way to prove its mettle in the Indian market and make a place in the minds of Indian motorcycle aficionados. However, Yamaha is offering world-class specifications and technology with this naked street-fighter and it ticks all the right boxes as well, making it a worthy option.

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