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What we said then
“It’s a lovely machine to ride – easy and in no way intimidating. The threecylinder engine is a peach, offering lots of low down grunt, a strong midrange and a grin-inducing top end. It’s comfy, controllable, handles and brakes well. It’s as happy around town as it is pulling easy wheelies and skidding up to roundabouts. The perfect bike for the experienced and newbies but the ride-by-wire throttle isn’t perfect. I’m having to constantly toggle between the three modes to get a smooth response around town and enough power on the open road.” MCN launch report | August 29, 2013
But what’s it like now?
Three years doesn’t dull the shine of one of the best bikes so far this century – and even less on one of the best versions of the best bike. This 65-plater, for sale at Wheels Motorcycles of Peterborough for a tempting £6495, is one of the rarer, factory accessorised Street Tracker versions and, with just over 2400 miles on its clocks, and benefitting from further desirable accessories such as an Akrapovic can and being in virtually mint as-new condition, is not just one of the best around it represents great value, too.
Riding it emphasises those impressions. Crisp and immaculate it feels virtually new. Light and upright it’s a doddle to ride; the three-cylinder delivery is punchy, lively and addictive; the exhaust note a hooliganistic delight and overall it’s both easy and entertaining for relative novices and a joyful toy for more experienced types. Few modern bikes are as much fun.
On the slight downside, as an upright roadster, the rider feels fairly exposed and long-haul comfort and practicality isn’t its strong suit (if you want that you’re better off with the Tracer variant). But as a short-haul toy there are few better bikes.
Not here. Although generally receiving amazing universal acclaim, the very first MT-09S did receive minor criticism for slightly iffy fuelling and oversoft forks – the former being rectified via an ECU update standardised on later models. As this is a later model it isn’t affected. Cosmetics, too, can be an issue on any bike so inspect closely for corrosion and wear and tear. This example, however, being both late and ultra-low mileage, is immaculate with barely worn original Dunlop Sportsmax tyres, clean headers (despite its dinky carbon front mudguard) and mint pegs (which are usually dirt traps).
Plenty. While the standard MT-09 remains a fairly basic roadster (to keep it affordable), in this Street Tracker form it got: special matt frame paint plus a black engine finish, aluminium number boards, gold-finished forks, a mini carbon front mudguard and classy two-tone seat. While this one’s even better yet thanks to its owner also fitting the optional Akrapovic silencer plus heated grips.
So it’s still a winner?
Very much so. In fact, you could say this one is a win-win-win. First, the base MT-09 remains simply one of the best middleweight roadsters around (although don’t forget the 2017 version has just been facelifted and improved further). Second, for me at least, in this Street Tracker form the MT-09 is both better specced, better looking and classier all round – not to mention more exclusive, too. And third, and the final cherry on top is that, being a late, low mileage used example, this version is still effectively as new but yet at an even cheaper price. In other words: why buy new?
Wheels Motorcycles, Peterborough where this bike is for sale at £6495. More information: 01733 358555 or www.wheelsmotorcycles.co.uk
Note how Phil has matched his jacket to the paint