‘I’ve nothing bad to say about the MT- 09’
"when this bike arrived I loved it! It reintroduced the hooligan element without terrorising its rider. Every time you ride one, it makes you smile.
"they have proved to be a blank canvas with all manner of upgrades for suspension and the like. ECUS can be flashed to smooth out the midrange and pump up the top end a little, while different exhausts can really give a great sound.
"they are easy to service with a little knowledge. Sump plug and oil filter are easily at hand. The air filter is accessed by lifting the tank. Various infill panels need to be removed first so keep a note of the screw and plastic popper positions. The tank has to be lifted off, so have someone hold it while you disconnect the couplers or youõll scratch the frame. The ECU is in the lid of the airbox. Donõt disconnect it: remove the lid screws and fold the lid to the right side to access the air filter. The spark plugs are easier to access from the front of the bike by dropping the radiator down.
"I'VE only had one thatõs hit 24,000 miles for its valve check and it did indeed need adjustment which is a cams-out job. But again they are easily got at by removing the radiator so shouldnõt result in eye-watering bills.
Òthere was a softer tune available for the early bikes as the throttle felt jerky to some. Early bikes also had a recall for the headlight wiring harness. Check with your dealer to see if this has been done if you are looking at an early bike. The camchains can get rattly and there have been a couple of upgrades on the tensioners.
"factory settings for the drive chain are tight by the usual standards, I tend to run them slightly slacker at around 15mm.
"changing the rear shock is straight forward. After supporting the bike with a jack under the silencer, the linkage needs to be released at the front connection and swung back and up to expose the shock rear bolt.
"finish is good and you can buy with confidence after the usual checks on tyres, chain and sprockets, etc. I've nothing bad to say about the MT- 09 at all.'
‘The MT reintroduced the hooligan element without terrorising its rider’
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Charles Marvell Chief Technician at Flitwick Motorcycles, Bedfordshire