- Published On: 23 February 2018
- 3 min read
We take a spin on the Japanese bike maker’s quick and naked middle-weight bike.
We have always been fans of the MT-09, not only because it’s quick and light but also because it feels extremely agile. We rode this motorcycle on a small, tight track at the Yamaha Riding Academy in Thailand. A big 847cc, three-cylinder bike was difficult to judge on such a small section of tarmac. But, the MT-09 is a communicative motorcycle and gave us an idea of what the bike was about.
The MT-09 is an aggressive bike but still not intimidating, one can easily get on to the bike from something of much lower capacity and be comfortable on. From all of the 900 Yamahas, the MT is the one that provides the most out of its capable frame. Even though the bike can deliver power aggressively, the frame manages to keep it in control and does not affect progress. The bike can be tilted into corners easily and the motorcycle is, overall, confidence inspiring. The braking on the bike is sharp but not extremely edgy.
The riding position on the bike is aggressive but not very extreme. The styling of the motorcycle is futuristic; however it does look well-designed and has a nice, modern style that coincides with the performance it is capable of. The bike is a bit of a hooligan, it likes to wheelie and slide. The Japanese naked has a 193kg kerb weight, which makes it adequately light. However, the bike feels surprisingly light.
The motorcycle has linear power delivery but lacks the sudden burst that one would be able to find on an Italian rival. This bike lets you ride it comfortably throughout the day without you finding the need to hold on to it. The braking on the bike feels firm and communicative which is really nice.
Should I buy one?
With a price of Rs 10.8 lakh (ex-showroom), the MT-09 is a great motorcycle. But, Triumph offers considerably more for your money with the Street Triple RS. However, the MT-09 is for those looking for an aggressively natured bike. It is for those who are looking for a bike with character and not just high quality suspension and brake components.