A couple of weeks ago, Yamaha Europe released a video called “Dark Side of Japan”teasing a new street bike it claimed would “change the sport motorcycle world.” Today, the company revealed its new model, introducing a new naked sportbike powered by a “Crossplane” three-cylinder engine called the MT-09.
The 2014 Yamaha MT-09 is powered by a new 847cc three-cylinder engine first teased at Intermot last year. According to Yamaha, the MT-09′s engine produces 113.4 hp at 10,000 rpm and 64.5 ft-lb. at 8500 rpm. By comparison, the Yamaha FZ8 and its 779cc Inline-Four engine claims 104.7 hp at 10,000 rpm and 60.5 ft-lb. at 8000 rpm. With a claimed wet weight of 414 pounds, the MT-09 is also 51 pounds lighter than the FZ8.