Yamaha took an interesting turn with the release of its new MT-09 last year, offering fans of triple-cylinder engines a chance to indulge in the firm's latest riposte to the likes of the Triumph Street Triple, Kawasaki Z800 and MV Agusta Brutale.

Japanese performance bikes are usually associated with high-revving four-cylinder engines and this is what makes the Yamaha MT-09 rather special. It heralds Yamaha's first triple-cylinder engine since the XS750 and XS850 in the late-1970s and early-1980s.

The Yamaha MT-09 features an 850 cm3, three-cylinder engine delivering 85 kW at 10 000 r/min and 88 N.m at 8 500 r/min. According to Yamaha the MT, tipping the scales at 188 kg (fully fuelled), is lighter than an YZF-R6.

A spokesperson for Yamaha South Africa confirmed that the MT-09 is now available here for R109 995. The price includes a two-year, unlimited mileage warranty.

Other details of the MT-09 include:

  • Slim and lightweight CF die-cast aluminium frame
  • Asymmetric CF die-cast aluminium swingarm
  • Monocross rear suspension with horizontal shock
  • Refined ergonomics “full-control” riding position
  • YCC-T and D-MODE electronic control systems
  • 298 mm floating front discs radial-mount calipers
  • All-new lightweight 10-spoke alloy wheels

Watch the video below to see the MT-09 at it's unruly best


Video courtesy: Autoevolution.com