- New MT-09 unveiled
- Gets new engine, chassis, swingarm
- Loaded with tech
Yamaha has finally taken the wraps off its brand new streetfighter – the MT-09. For 2021, the company has reworked on every aspect of this bike in order to make it more powerful and also lighter.
For starters, the engine is now 889cc – 42cc more than the outgoing model. The increase in displacement has made Yamaha churn out more power at 118bhp at 10,000rpm. The torque too, has increased to 93Nm from 87.5Nm. The engine is also Euro 5 compliant. These performance increase is due to new intakes, a redesigned fuel injection system and a completely new exhaust. The camshafts, pistons, rods and crankcases are new too.
Now coming to the chassis, the Japanese brand has gone for the deltabox frame this time around. This unit is more rigid and also carries less weight. The subframe and the swingarm – both are new and have helped the bike keep the weight in check. The 2021 MT-09 now tips the scale at 189kgs.
The MT-09 now looks sharper, thanks to the redesigned bodywork. There’s also LED throughout. In terms of equipment, the new MT-09 gets TFT instrument cluster that can be accessed with the switchgear. The MT-09 gets a six-axis inertial measurement unit (IMU) similar to the one used on the R1. It measures fore and aft, side to side, up and down as well as pitch, yaw and roll. This system is integrated to the lean-sensitive traction control system cornering ABS, slide control and wheelie control.
The MT-09 will reach European showrooms early next year. The prices are yet to be revealed but expect it to be on the higher side this time around. Unfortunately, this new Yamaha won’t make its way to India anytime soon.