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The MT-09 is the original Hyper Naked in Yamaha's not-so-secret society of aggressive-looking and fun-to-ride streetbikes. From start to finish the MT-09 was designed around the rowdy 847cc triple with crossplane crank and a chassis that is very accommodating for riders of all levels. Over the years the MT-09 has evolved into one of the best bangs for the buck in the streetfighter or naked bike class.

When you think of the Hyper Naked lineup from Yamaha the first model that should come to mind is the good-looking three-cylinder MT-09.
When you think of the Hyper Naked lineup from Yamaha the first model that should come to mind is the good-looking three-cylinder MT-09. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)

Just one look and you know this is a MT-model thanks to its aggressive “mass forward” stance, angular front end and distinctive bodywork. When you hear it rush past you there is also no mistaking the unique sound of its triple-cylinder engine that has been tuned for low- to midrange torque. If you’ve been following the Hyper Naked marketing and development over the years, you might already know that the “MT” stands for Maximum Torque on all four of the models. It is the resulting rowdy-looking, street-rider-friendly character that Yamaha hopes is appealing for riders who are looking for a bike that doesn’t quite look or feel like any of the competition

The 2020 Yamaha MT-09 is powered by a sweet 847cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, inline three-cylinder engine that is tuned for the type of low-end power that makes a hooligan bike so much fun to ride.
The 2020 Yamaha MT-09 is powered by a sweet 847cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, inline three-cylinder engine that is tuned for the type of low-end power that makes a hooligan bike so much fun to ride. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)

There’s more to the MT-09 than just an exciting engine too. The control-filled cast aluminum frame features swoopy lines and the braced swingarm that incorporates a horizontal placement of the Monocross shock to create a responsive-handling chassis. A fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork along with a preload- and rebound-adjustable shock smooths out most back city roads and backcountry byways that you might run across during your travels.

The MT-09 engine utilizes Yamaha’s Crossplane Crankshaft Concept which produces a linear torque delivery that is the trademark of the Hyper Naked lineup.
The MT-09 engine utilizes Yamaha’s Crossplane Crankshaft Concept which produces a linear torque delivery that is the trademark of the Hyper Naked lineup. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)

A variety of rider assist functions begins with the YCC-T controlled D-Mode throttle mapping that allows for two separate levels of throttle response to choose from. Traction Control also offers two modes plus the ability to be turned off completely. A tidy-looking LCD dash that is similar to the other Hyper Naked models allows you to monitor the changes while also having access to the standard gauges including speedo, tach, fuel, gear position, and warning lights.

Speaking of lights, the four LED headlights that create the in-your-face look of the MT-09 are designed to offer incredible penetration through the darkness ahead. As long as the rider is comfortable it won't matter if they are riding in the day or night so Yamaha has gone through a lot of effort to create a motorcycle that is easy to ride on quick trips or long journeys. A long, flat seat is perfect for two people while the one-piece handlebar and low-set footpegs provide the type of riding position that new and returning riders are always looking for. There's not a lot of wind protection from the minuscule headlight pod, but there are worse fates than being blasted by a little wind while you're riding a motorcycle.

With its tapered aluminum handlebar, low seat height, relaxed footpeg placement, and narrow frame to fuel tank interface, the bike is comfortable to ride and the reach to the ground is easy for riders of all skill levels.
With its tapered aluminum handlebar, low seat height, relaxed footpeg placement, and narrow frame to fuel tank interface, the bike is comfortable to ride and the reach to the ground is easy for riders of all skill levels. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)

2020 Yamaha MT-09 Price And Colors

Yamaha offers a nice selection of accessories to help customize the MT-09 to suit your needs. This includes a taller windscreen, luggage, and even a quickshifter. This latest version of the MT-09 will be available in Ice Fluo, Matte Raven Black, or Team Yamaha Blue colorways. MSRP is set at $8,999 for all three models and they will be available starting this November at a dealer near you.

2020 Yamaha MT-09 Specifications

PRICE $8,999
ENGINE 847cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder; 12 valves
BORE x STROKE 78.0 x 59.1mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 113.5:1
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection w/ YCC-T
CLUTCH Wet multiplate assist slipper clutch; cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Cast aluminum
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm inverted fork, fully adjustable; 5.4-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Horizontal Monocross single shock, adjustable for spring preload and rebound; 5.1-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE 4-piston caliper, dual 298mm discs w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 1-piston caliper, 245mm disc w/ ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Cast aluminum
TIRES, FRONT/REAR TBD; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL 25.0°/4.1 in.
WHEELBASE 56.7 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.3 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 3.7 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 425 lb.
WARRANTY 1-year limited warranty
AVAILABLE November 2019
CONTACT www.yamahamotorsports.com
With its 3.7-gallon fuel capacity and claimed 44 mpg fuel economy the 2020 Yamaha MT-09 should offer up to 160 miles of fuel range when you hit the road.
With its 3.7-gallon fuel capacity and claimed 44 mpg fuel economy the 2020 Yamaha MT-09 should offer up to 160 miles of fuel range when you hit the road. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)A small, compact LCD dash provides all the necessary info you will need on your daily commute or your weekend getaway. It offers a speedometer, gear position indicator, TCS display, fuel gauge, and multiple trip computer functions such as average and current fuel economy and D-Mode settings.
A small, compact LCD dash provides all the necessary info you will need on your daily commute or your weekend getaway. It offers a speedometer, gear position indicator, TCS display, fuel gauge, and multiple trip computer functions such as average and current fuel economy and D-Mode settings. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)All the controls and hardware used on the MT-09 are tough and durable components. The footpegs are positioned in such a way that the rider’s legs rest in a comfortable position for longer rides.
All the controls and hardware used on the MT-09 are tough and durable components. The footpegs are positioned in such a way that the rider’s legs rest in a comfortable position for longer rides. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)Although the MT-09 looks awesome and is comfortable to ride, the fact remains that the soul of this motorcycle is the three-cylinder engine. It helps the bike have a compact feel while offering plenty of big-bike performance.
Although the MT-09 looks awesome and is comfortable to ride, the fact remains that the soul of this motorcycle is the three-cylinder engine. It helps the bike have a compact feel while offering plenty of big-bike performance. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)The MT-09 features LED headlights that provide awesome illumination of the road ahead. The quad headlight housing also gives that identifiable look that Yamaha loves right now.
The MT-09 features LED headlights that provide awesome illumination of the road ahead. The quad headlight housing also gives that identifiable look that Yamaha loves right now. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)The combination of slim radiator shrouds and distinctive air scoops give the MT-09 a “mass-forward” appearance, which is further accentuated by the short tail section and swingarm-mounted fender.
The combination of slim radiator shrouds and distinctive air scoops give the MT-09 a “mass-forward” appearance, which is further accentuated by the short tail section and swingarm-mounted fender. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)The MT-09 is designed with an aggressive style that is combined with quality components including the large front brakes, adjustable suspension, and trick cast aluminum frame.
The MT-09 is designed with an aggressive style that is combined with quality components including the large front brakes, adjustable suspension, and trick cast aluminum frame. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)A fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork separates compression and rebound damping into different fork legs. It makes it simple to fine-tune for the perfect setup across all 5.4 inches of fork travel.
A fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork separates compression and rebound damping into different fork legs. It makes it simple to fine-tune for the perfect setup across all 5.4 inches of fork travel. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)Dual floating 298mm discs with radial-mount, four-piston calipers are equipped with standard antilock braking system.
Dual floating 298mm discs with radial-mount, four-piston calipers are equipped with standard antilock braking system. (Yamaha Motor Corp./)

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