Yamaha MT-09

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189bhp | 196kg | Seat height 832mm

The rad­i­cally restyled face of the new MT-09 is head­lined by an ag­gres­sive LED twin-eye head­light de­sign that makes it look a bit like the MT-10 and pulls it away from the more an­o­dyne and tra­di­tional sin­gle light of the orig­i­nal.

The bold new unit matches the full width of the fork tubes, and a pair of slim run­ning lights now sit be­low the head­lights, com­pli­mented by sharp winglets that fol­low the con­tours of the head­light assem­bly. The LCD dash is un­changed, but moves closer to the new head­light assem­bly, while the turn signals have been re­lo­cated and now sit down by the ra­di­a­tor.

That new tail unit ditches the con­ven­tional num­ber­plate hanger, which is now mounted on an ugly arm that bolts to the swingarm. The up­wardly slanted sub­frame has been short­ened by a no­tice­able 30mm, and houses a new in­te­grated three-di­men­sional LED tail­light, while the new seat is flat­ter and 5mm higher and is claimed to now of­fer bet­ter rider sup­port.

There’s also an As­sist & Slip (A&S) clutch, which de­liv­ers more pre­cise en­gage­ment, while act­ing as a slip­per clutch un­der neg­a­tive load. The lever ac­tion is also re­duced by a claimed 20%, mak­ing per­sis­tent town work lighter on your left hand. And for up­shifts there’s now a quick­shifter as stan­dard.

160/180bhp | 140kg | Seat height TBCMM

The Street is ef­fec­tively a naked ver­sion of the Sport with big wide bars and a twin front head­light. It re­tains the same en­gine, power char­ac­ter­is­tics, sus­pen­sion and fullyad­justable chas­sis as the Sport model and is also avail­able as a more pow­er­ful R. While the brazed steel trel­lis frame and body­work are all be­spoke, the Tri­umph 675 de­rived en­gine now packs 750cc thanks to an in­creased stroke, while the bore re­mains the same. That means 156bhp for the Street, and a pant-wet­tingly amus­ing 180bhp on the R.

The MT-09 gets its first ma­jor up­date since its launch three years ago

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