We review the 2021 Yamaha MT-09! Since its launch in 2014, the MT-09 has become a fan favorite, thanks to its rip-roaring CP3 in-line triple-cylinder engine and its attractive value.
For the 2021 model year, Yamaha has redesigned over 90% of the beloved MT-09 naked, starting with an all-new 890cc CP3 in-line triple-cylinder engine. The updated engine grew from 847cc to 890cc, thanks to a revised crankshaft with a 3mm longer stroke (now 62.1mm; bore is still 78mm) and 15% increased inertia. The heavier crank has resulted in a 6% increase in torque and made the MT-09’s engine feel much more smooth, refined, and tractable. New forged pistons, a new cylinder head, intake system, and throttle bodies are also part of the package.
The gearbox is updated with a new shift fork that has led to more positive feedback at the shift lever. Also, an up/down quickshifter is standard.
The most significant change to the MT-09 is its chassis. The all-new aluminum twin-spar frame and swingarm are significantly stiffer than before, creating a much more planted and sporty motorcycle. Moreover, the KYB suspension is completely revised and much more controlled than what was present in previous generations.
A 6-axis IMU informs a state-of-the-art electronics package that includes ride modes, cornering ABS, traction control, wheelie control and slide control.
Road Test Editor Nic de Sena took the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 out for a first ride and shared his thoughts.
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