We are nearing the end of the year 2018. And I have somehow managed to retain myself in 2016 (mentally of course) only to spend a great deal of time with the Yamaha MT-09(2016). Yes, the 2018 variant is already out. But I personally wanted to spend some quality time with the beast which drove great numbers for Yamaha in the MT series. And my intent is to spend no less than 2 months with the 09.
THE FIRST MONTH ( FIRST IMPRESSIONS )
I picked up the bike from a dealership in Pune which meant I was to ride back to Mumbai. I have been looking forward to the ride for two reasons. 1. I get to ride(which is the primary and selfish motive)
2. The more time I spend with the 09, the better I know it.
The 09 does not turn heads or even grab attention unless you rev the engine, only to scare the innocent bystanders (evil laugh:-)) or drag race every time there is a green. The 09 does feel a bit bulky for its class because of the massive fuel tank but that does not necessarily mean that it is overweight. The riding position is upright and pushed towards the front of the bike. Which is a good thing for handling the 09 the city or doing some aggressive corners. Speaking of corners, the wheelbase is at 1,440mm and the handlebar is wide. This helps tame this heavy(debatable) beast. This configuration came in handy getting out of Pune’s traffic. Once on the highway, I unleashed the beast.
The motor on the 09 is 847cc and churns out 113.5 bhp @ 10,000 rpm and 87.5 Nm of torque @ 8500 rpm. Which a great power to weight ratio. To handle all this power, you have access to 3 riding modes ( A, STD & B) and 3 traction control settings. Riding mode A & STD gives you access to the full potential of the engine with an added benefit of the quick throttle. Riding mode reduces the total output by around 3 bhp and stock like throttle response.
Traction control 1 is minimal intervention and 2 is max. The TCS can be turned off when the 09 is stationary. The display has not changed over the previous generations but does the job well. I kept the riding mode to STD (standard), TCS to 2 and the distance between me and Mumbai just kept dropping. The occasional stops at fuel pumps and one or two coffee breaks were the only breaks I took. That would be the only time I would check the clock. And I was doing some great time. I did manage to get an economy of 20Km/l which is exceptional(fuel tank capacity is at 14 liters).
There is an amazing amount of power available at any gear or rpm, which makes overtakes a piece of cake( reminds me of a friend). The ride does become a little uncomfortable over time. The seat is the primary issue and then was the handlebar ( which was resolved after some quick adjustments). The bike does tend to dip down on heavy breaking (fishtails too) but is manageable.
I am eagerly looking forward to another long distance ride, maybe to Goa and back.
Rs 9,55,575 lacs (Ex-Showroom)
847 cc 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-Stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
113.5 BHP @ 10,000 RPM, torque – 87.5 [email protected] 8,500 RPM
0 to 100KM/H in 3.5 Secs top Speed225 KM/H