Yamaha launched its fresh 850cc street-focused triple with a starting price of only £6799. The new bike was especially created for the European market and features a sharp style, an upright riding position and a modern 850cc traverse three cylinder power plant.

As far as performance is concerned, Yamaha claims that its 850 cc unit delivers a maximum output of 115 hp at 10500 rpm and 62 lbft of torque at 8500 rpm which put the MT-09 in direct competition with models like the Ducati Monster, Triumph Speed Triple, and even BMW F800.

The motorcycle’s backbone is represented by an all new CF aluminium die-cast frame which is lightweight and stiff offering a great overall balance at high speeds.

The light frame is combined with a pair of light 10-spoke alloy wheels that are shod in newly-developed radial tyres - 120/70ZR17 at the front and 180/55ZR17 at the rear.

Hit the jump for more information on the Yamaha MT-09.

  • 2013 Yamaha MT-09
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    115 @ 10500
  • Torque @ RPM:
    62 @ 8500
  • Displacement:
    850 L

Press release

Yamaha MT-09 is a whole new concept in sport bike design. With a compact new chassis and high-torque 3-cylinder engine, this new generation performance machine is designed for riders who appreciate character and soul.

The beating heart of this new kind of animal is a lightweight 850cc 3-cylinder engine that kicks out a wide band of raw, linear torque giving outstanding acceleration that gets your adrenaline flowing.

And for agile handling this dynamic new naked motard-style bike is equipped with a compact aluminium chassis and upright riding position that make light work of everything - from weekday urban riding through to Sunday morning blasts.


  • Light and compact
  • Raw and linear torque output
  • Slim and lightweight CF die-cast aluminium frame
  • Asymmetric CF die-cast aluminium swingarm
  • Monocross rear suspension with horizontal shock
  • Refined ergonomics “full-control” riding position
  • YCC-T and D-MODE electronic control systems
  • 298mm floating front discs radialmount calipers
  • All-new lightweight 10-spoke alloy wheels

The next generation sport bike

2013 Yamaha MT-09 High Resolution Exterior
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When we set out to develop the MT-09 our goal was to create a new kind of sport bike with three key elements that would set it apart from other models.

First of all we wanted a new kind of engine developing strong and exciting torque. The chassis had to be compact and slim. And this next generation sport bike would need a unique character that would make every ride special.

With its 850cc 3-cylinder engine, the new MT-09 produces remarkable levels of linear torque that redefine sport riding. The lightweight aluminium chassis is agile and easy to handle. And the naked bodywork with wide handlebars and flat seat gives confidence and control.

Compact and lightweight 850cc 3-cylinder engine

2013 Yamaha MT-09 High Resolution Exterior
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To keep the MT-09 as light, slim and compact as possible, our designers have developed an all-new CF aluminium die-cast frame. Its low weight and excellent rigidity balance contribute towards the bike’s agile handling performance, and help to keep the overall wet weight down to just 188kg.

Monocross suspension with asymmetric CF die-cast swingarm The rear end features a lightweight asymmetric CF die-cast swingarm that gives a low unsprung weight for responsive suspension action and a comfortable ride. An almost horizontal rear shock is situated beneath the seat, and the externally mounted swingarm pivots keep the chassis slim for a compact riding position.

Stress-free ergonomics and a ’slim-fit’ riding position The new MT-09 is designed to handle a variety of roles, from sport riding through to weekend trips and the daily ride to work. Wide, tapered handlebars and a long, flat seat give stress-free ergonomics - and the sculpted 14-litre fuel tank with knee recesses ensures a comfortable ’slim-fit’ riding position.

Concealed 3-into-1 exhaust Equipped with connecting pipes for a good pulse effect, the compact 3-into-1 exhaust system contributes towards mass-centralisation for agile handling.

Featuring a corrosion-proof Nanofilm coating, the three stainless steel downpipes run into a short and compact EU3-compliant muffler which emits a throaty note.

New style lightweight 10-spoke alloy wheels with 17-inch radial tyres

2013 Yamaha MT-09 High Resolution Exterior
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Lightweight designs are used throughout, and to achieve a low unsprung weight the MT-09 is fitted with all-new 10-spoke alloy wheels. The lightweight wheels are fitted with newly-developed radial tyres - 120/70ZR17 at the front and 180/55ZR17 at the rear - giving stable and responsive handling.


2013 Yamaha MT-09 High Resolution Exterior
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Engine type liquid-cooled
Displacement 847 cm³
Bore x stroke 78.0 mm x 59.1 mm
Compression ratio 11.5 : 1
Maximum power 84.6 kW (115PS) @ 10,000 rpm
Maximum Torque 87.5 Nm (8.9 kg-m) @ 8,500 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Carburettor Fuel Injection
Clutch Type Wet
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant Mesh
Final transmission Chain
Frame Diamond
Front suspension system Telescopic forks
Front travel 137 mm
Caster Angle 25º
Trail 103 mm
Rear suspension system Swingarm
Rear Travel 130 mm
Front brake Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 298 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm
Front tyre 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) (Tubeless)
Rear tyre 180/55ZR17M/C (73W) (Tubeless)
Overall length 2,075 mm
Overall width 815 mm
Overall height 1,135 mm
Seat height 815 mm
Wheel base 1,440 mm
Minimum ground clearance 135 mm
Wet weight including full oil and fuel tank 188 kg / ABS 191 kg
Fuel tank capacity 14 L
Oil tank capacity 3.4 L
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