The closest bike to perfection.
I have owned a 2018 Yamaha MT09 for 6 months. I have ridden this bike more then any other bike I have owned. The inline three has enough power for the streets as well as highway speeds and up against trucks there are no issues as the bike holds its ground.
Before I purchased the bike, I read a lot of reviews about the suspension. The 2018 bike has adjustable suspension and rebound, after a little play I found the right setting that worked for me and especially when it came to cornering. The suspension was not an issues.
One modification...I would defiantly recommend would be to get a wind shield. I personally found without wind protection especially on long rides I could feel the wind hit my chest and would get tired over prolonged periods. Once I put the wind shield on the bike it not only gave it a much more aggressive look but reduced the wind impact and I had no issues going on long rides. Trust me your will appreciate it. I purchased my wind shield from Amazon for around $30.00 best investment I have made. I also added bar end mirrors and took off the factory ones, also changed the indicator/signal lights to small LED's ( total cost $300.00 with installation). This completely transformed the bike, the number of complements I got were overwhelming. No issues with riding this bike in the rain, holds and corners well, traction control and ABS are perfect for these types of conditions.
Purchased in June 2019.
What a motorcycle!
I have a 2018 SP model with a few extra nice bits thrown on, must say that Yamaha have got things right as usual, unbelievable engine, fantastic handling [with a couple of tweaks and some upgraded rubber] and the looks, sound, delightful torque of an 850cc triple and I'm in heaven, fuel capacity could have been a bit more generous but you can't have everything, lights are very good, as is the seating position and at a rather sawn off full stretch of five foot six inches i can still make ground contact with both feet (just). ABS, Traction contr...ol and three separate riding modes give you so many options, Probably not suited to the newly unrestricted rider or learner, but a very flexible bike considering, is quite at home around town in traffic or on that weekend cruise up through the hills, if you generally love playing around on high performance bikes this is the fun for you, grab a test ride you will either love it or hate it, I personally love it!!!!!
The perfect all rounder
I purchased this bike near new in December of 2016. I've found it to be the perfect "do-it-all" machine. Great for commuting, fun on the track, easy on the back on a long ride. The power is great out of the 849cc triple and with the Akrapovic pipe it sounds amazing.
- Upright riding position
- Suited to taller rider (I'm 195cm tall)
- Heaps of torque
- Sounds amazing
- Handles extremely well
- Light weight
- Verified purchase
Wow! Wow! Wow!
Bought a 2017 MT-09 and I am in love with it! I am yet to find a fault with the beast that costs only around $12-13K.
I have been riding it so much that my hands started hurting :-/
It is light, powerful and the sitting position is similar to riding a motard type of mike, sitting upright.
Nice job Yamaha!
Purchased brand new in March 2017. Added rear rack, top box, front shield, radiator grill protector, heated grips, LED indicators and Akropovic exhaust. Best sounding and performing bike I’ve owned. Quick shift is seamless and never misses. Display is easy to read even in direct sunlight. Nice low seating height. I’m 175cm tall and both feet are almost flat on ground. I’ve had one issue with a faulty ABS sensor which was replaced and no issues since then. I’ve found to be thirsty on fuel, but this may be the way I ride (constantly blipping thro...ttle on down shifts). I bought the all black. It is harder to keep clean being a naked bike but I find the Matt paint doesn’t show up the dirt as much as gloss/polish finishes. You definitlely need an after market exhaust, bike is too quiet factory.
Yamaha MT09 Tracer, I bought this bike new in February 2016 as I was looking for an all rounder that could tour commute and scratch on. The led headlights are good but as usual the horn is poor like on most bikes. The suspensions a bit soft for my style of riding as the pegs and centre stand were scraping mid corner, setting it on its stiffest setting has improved this a bit. Great power and fuel range (300ks) per tank easy. Hand guards do nothing, only for show. Seat could be a bit better. Standard panniers are great. ABS is good, traction control is too intrusive and requires turning off every time you start the bike if you want it off. Good instrument panel with good info. This is the longest I’ve kept a bike, ever.
MT09, Great bike.
Bought a brand new MT09 2014 from Yamaha, great bike however ended up having to spend a few thousand dollars to get the bike right... Needed to have the shocks rebuilt and the engine remapped, plus a few other things. Bu now I love it!! Awesome bike. I think Yamaha had learnt a lot since this model and have upgraded the parts required.
Short blast on the Yamaha MT09 !
Well, back again testing another near new bike. The latest 2017 version of the Yamaha MT09. My focus has shifted from cruisers now, as I have a fantastic second hand Yamaha FZ8. I have therefore decided that upright sports bikes are my "thing." Anyway, you could say that this bike is a "successor" to my FZ8 in much the same way as an MT10 is a successor to the FZ1, so I decided to give it a whirl. The first thing I noticed is the start switch. Still red but when you flick it back toward you (provided it is safe to do so) the bike starts! No th...umb starter button. I feel this is cost cutting but I guess it works... The next thing is the seat and tank width. Much flatter seat esp. for pillions than my FZ8 but the proximity of the pillion pegs to the seat will still have your pillion looking like a pretzel ! The tank and whole bike feels narrower and is around 193 kg wet so it's lighter too of course, also being an inline triple, not an inline four. The 'bars are wide and seem a bit lower than I'm used to, and the bike has a "dirt bike" or Motard feel about it which is deliberate I believe. The dash and headlight pod with those mean looking little wasp like headlights also seems lower to look at. At least to me. So I took off pretty tentatively at first just on a suburban loop of a few kilometres. The gear change felt very loose to me but I have subsequently found out that these have a quick shift so I was just using the clutch as normal! Here's where I have to say that the bike felt lighter but somehow cheaper than my FZ8. The engine is not as smooth down low and the bike didn't feel quite as "planted" but this is a bit unfair because of course, as mentioned, it IS substantially lighter than my FZ8. Speaking of the engine, well.. it is everything people say it is. I asked them to put it in "normal" mode for me which is the intermediate one. I am assuming they did... the dash was unfamiliar to me and there's a lot going on in the little LCD display so I don't know. There is a more powerful "A" mode and a softer "B" mode for tamer riding in slippery wet conditions etc. In any event, even if it was in normal mode, umm..don't rap on the throttle or your front wheel will be pawing the air. Trust me. This thing has explosive bottom end torque! My FZ8 has nice power but this thing goes a bit beyond that. I can hardly imagine what A mode is like. Twitchy is a word that comes to mind. You really need a good level of experience for this bike. Handling feels nimble as you'd expect but as I said, to me a bit less firmly planted than I'm used to. However, with a bit of mind adjustment as well as settings, I know this is a bike that would be an absolute hoot on twisty roads. Brakes? Didn't notice too much. Similar feel to my FZ8 I believe. Which is to say bloody good. Can't comment really on suspension. I'd want to get it on some high speed corrugated twisties first. It's meant to be quite adjustable.
Excellent sports tourer
I have purchased this bike new in October, and have used it as a daily commuter, as well as on weekend rides. I have now covered 8000km and found it s a great all round bike, good power delivery, relatively comfortable ( I'm 180cm tall) easy to use digital display, and very good handling characteristic in general. No need to purchase an aftermarket exhaust unless you like to attract extra attention, as the standard sound is great if you do something about the windscreen ( read on down) The only rather negative points, which should not deter you...in considering this machine are: 1) Bike screen is good looking in my opinion, but useless and produces lot of wind noise. I replaced it with a Puig and found it a huge improvements. 2) seat made me roll forward and after 1/2 an hour my crown joules became uncomfortable, purchased Yamaha comfort seat and very little improvement (not worth $400 in my opinion) 3) Fuel consumption is good, averaging 5.2 l/100km however the trip computer is indicating optimistically 4.5 4) Cruise control option would have been a great extra if it were available 5) at higher speeds (in excess of legal) it does tend to have a steering shake, not too bad but at first it can make you think about powering on further. 6) Why the speed limiter Yamaha?
Get off the couch and back on a bike
After a few years off the road it was time to get back on a bike, I didn't want a cruiser. MT 09A with ABS is a great bike to ride, really comfortable as I am shorter stature. The torque from the triple is addictive, and it sounds awesome. The sit up riding position is good for the slog through suburbia and the big handlebars let me throw it around in the twisties. Just get one, its very affordable better value I think than the other bikes coming after it.
Rode the Tracer today.
Engine; near on perfect in terms of power and torque, it does hunt a little at very low speed but it's not a deal breaker.
Handling; Very easy bike to ride and confidence inspiring. Wide bars assist with this and the bike feels planted and stable. Suspension was perfect for me, just the right amout of stiffness.
Looks; subjective as always but I think it's the best looking middle weight Adv. Style bike. Maybe rivaled by the HyperStrada.
Equipment; It's loaded. Paniers, ABS, Traction Control, Rider modes, hand guard...
Great bike for experienced riders only
Excellent bike with beautiful triple cylinder motor and gearbox. You will never buy this bike and be satisfied with it from factory. There are many parts and accessories that can be changed, added or improved on especially the exhaust. Keep that in mind before your purchase.
The function of the bike is 10/10 and Yamaha have definitely focused on what is important to keep a good bike at a good price. The suspension will need adjustments.
It is definitely only for experienced riders only with the power to weight ratio. It is very light in...the front under acceleration making it extremely fun if you know what you are doing. I wouldn't even recommend it as a second bike, at least ride a 500-650cc before you ride this and have a very good feel and understanding of how a motorbike behaves.
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