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MCN overall verdict rating is 3

The Yamaha MT-01 has radical, straight-from-show-concept-bike styling allied to monstrous road presence which gives this motorcycle a kick-in-the-teeth visual appeal like no other. Build and detailing is fabulous and the thunderous engine sounds like no other. Shame performance is merely average yet the price stratospheric, then.

Engine

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

The Yamaha MT-01 is powered by a huge, slow-revving push-rod V-twin is derived from that of Road Warrior custom motorcycle. It’s big, lumpy, massively torquey and, with the optional Akrapovic pipes, sounds absolutely awesome. Oddest of all, though, is how slow the Yamaha MT-01 revs. It takes off at 1500rpm and it’s all over by 5000rpm. Brisk rather than quick due to its weight, but uniquely endearing.

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 3
Owners' rating rating is 4.5

Despite the Yamaha MT-01's top-quality suspension (multi-adjustable front and rear), brakes (same as the R1) and cycle parts, the MT-01 can’t hide its weight and size and so is more lumbering roadster than naked sports. Minimalist styling means it lacks comfort for long hauls, too. Roomy though for bigger riders.

Equipment

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 4

If lack of performance and practicality defies the £9K price tag, the Yamaha MT-01’s equipment goes some way to compensate. Top quality suspension front and rear is accompanied by superior brakes, fabulous switchgear, clocks, headlamp, mirrors etc and later versions of the Yamaha MT-01 came complete with a £1000 Akrapovic system, too.

Yamaha MT-01 (2005-current)

Detail Value
New price £12,849
Dealer used prices
£5,650 (2007) - £6,080 (2007)
Private used prices
£5,080 (2007) - £5,470 (2007)
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Engine size 1670 cc
Power 90 bhp
Top speed 131 mph
Insurance group 16 of 17
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Engine rating is 4 rating is 4.5
Ride & Handling rating is 3 rating is 4.5
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 4
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 2 rating is 4

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

In a nutshell: the Yamaha MT-01 is superb and so far so good. It was intended as a flagship model so build quality of the MT-01 is among Yamaha’s best ever. There's fantastic attention to detail, too. No reliability issues yet, but the Yamaha MT-01’s finickity metal finishes demand laborious cleaning. Due to massive vibes, nuts and bolts need to be regularly checked, too.

Value

MCN rating rating is 2
Owners' rating rating is 4

The Yamaha MT-01's £9K price tag is a lot of money seemingly justified by its build quality, style and materials. In reality, however, few were prepared to pay that for a motorcycle so difficuly to pigeon hole and yet so average in terms of practicality and performance – which is why it’s since depreciated massively. Year-old, 1100-milers can already be had for less than £5500. Find a Yamaha MT-01 for sale

Insurance

Insurance group: 16 of 17

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Model History

2005: Yamaha MT-01 launched.

Other Versions

None.

Specifications

Top speed 131 mph
1/4-mile acceleration 11.9 secs
Max power 90 bhp
Max torque 110 ft-lb
Weight 240 kg
Seat height 825 mm
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Average fuel consumption 38 mpg
Tank range 116 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group 16 of 17
Engine size 1670 cc
Engine specification 8v V-twin, 5 gears
Frame Steel spine
Front suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Rear suspension adjustment Preload, compression, rebound
Front brakes Twin 320mm discs
Rear brake 267mm disc
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/50 x 17

Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(23 reviews)

  • Fun1

    vetoevo

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    No other word for it. Fun. I love it. I use ot for touring as well, a small screen and it's really quite comfy

    18 March 2009

  • what a bike!

    missgonads

    Average rating rating is 5

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    who says this is a man's bike?? Come on ladies! I'm a female rider, age over 30 (ahem), 5ft 5" tall and the proud owner of a yamaha mt-01. Bike came with a pair of Akrapovic exhausts (beautiful), also removed baffles for even more sound and she sounds like thunder! Had my bike for 12 months and I love her she f-ing rocks, best damn bike I have had in 8 years of riding. Very easy to handle (even for a lady!!!). Commute every day, she's great round town and have done a few track days. Also been touring to france, germany, netherlands and doing 12 hour days in the saddle without any discomfort or numb botty, this bike is incredibly comfortable and luggage is no problem. My only complaints are the fuel range, I get about 90 miles before light comes on and the weight, she's a fair old beast to haul about off the stand--ouff, you will need your oats! on the move though she's as light as a light thing. Enjoy ladies. miss g with big nads.

    19 February 2009

  • A real mans bike!

    tamlin23

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I'm 6'1" and 16 stone (100kgs) and found the bikes seat remakably comfortable, the only downside was how high I found the pegs, but I soon got used to it, and I'm sure due to the bikes width it helps with ground clearance. The bike oozes quality and detail. The engine makes the bike move slighlty on tick over, which makes you really get a feeling for the huge pistons pulsing beneath you. It revs freely making a spine tingling sound, even on stock cans. Its not the lightest bike by a long shot, but it never becomes an issue, even around town, the brakes, torque and exellent balance see to that. The ride is very stable and reassuring, partly down to the weight I just mentioned, it has a light but planted feel on the move, which is great for windy conditions or passing lorry's. There is nothing bad about this bike, in fact, its a bargain at the prices I have seen them at (because people don't 'get it'). Its not a bike you tend to see about either, so with the value, you also recieve exclusivity. Go to a bike meet and see how many other MT-01's are there... This bike is a well kept secret, take a test ride and don't look back..... well.. exept for lifesavers of course!

    07 February 2009

  • Great Bike

    glesgaman

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Great bike to ride one of the easiest around,raod test hear say's "massive vibes" what vibes ? this machine throbs with TORQUE somthing sports bike's have above 6000 RPM,its a mans bike.

    12 July 2008

  • Nothing else like it

    tootall76

    UK

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    I sold my 05 MT-01 thinking that i would use another bike more. I was wrong - i tried all kinds of other bikes out, non of which stirred my soul like the MT does...so a few weeks on and i'm getting another, slightly newer one. This one's a keeper. Once you've owned one, it's hard to be satisfied with anything else. They rock!

    21 May 2008

  • Best all around bike to ride.

    KMMB

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Useable torque when you need it around town. Incredible good overall comfort and balance. If you want a track bike, it's not for you. If you want to ride the bike on the street, it is the best off the line and around the few easy corners. Great comfort, useable torque right off the line. Drop the clutch, no problem the bike still lunges into action. Very little top end if you are on an Autobahn, but with our Canadian speed limits, this meets or exceeds any needs someone over 21 needs. I have had sport bikes and cruisers. Both left either comfort or agility out. The MT01 seems to meet my needs so far. I have only had the bike for 6 months but I am sold on it's overall mannerisms.

    08 May 2008

  • gruntiest grunter of em all (so far)

    pwbennett

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    It was on my wish list from 2005, but way too expensive. Then, a dealer 600km away (I live in Victoria, Oz, but am a Pom), dropped the price $6,000 - it had been in his showroom for 2yrs - not even test ridden! This bike is a ball-tearer. But go several steps further and customise, especially after market pipes, and add a turbo (made in Sweden - www.amracing.se/ovrigt_en.html). I'm in my late 40's, and don't need any type of Viagra as this machine keeps me virile to the max! An eight hour day in the saddle no dramas. 300km on a full tank, cruising around 115kmh, with a tail bag and no melting of fabric. But it is a heavy bike. Flickable compared to a cruiser for sure, but not a 125, or even a 600 for handling! I overshot a corner when it was less than 300km new, but ended up / dropped on a soft verge - fortunately (perhaps because of). If you've got alpha male gonads, this is the bike! Paul, Vic., Oz.

    26 January 2008

  • Whoaaa!!

    Starman ZZR600

    WEDNESBURY , UK

    Average rating rating is 5

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    My Baby ZZR600 was backed into by a man in a white van, and he admitted the liability Ok even though i've got a car i want a bike 'cos he's got to pay for it. When the delivery van turned up and said.... there are no more 600cc bikes, so we've brought this for you..... yes it was an MT 01 F**k**g hell!! said i i couldn't believe it only 3miles on the clock BRAND NEW! Spent the afternoon riding all over the Black Country, i'll miss her when she goes, what a bike!!!!!!

    18 September 2007

  • AWESOME

    deadfatelvis

    Average rating rating is 5

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    outstanding.... buy one today

    23 June 2007

  • GRUNTIEST!!!

    knifebloke

    Dunstable ,

    Average rating rating is 5

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    Just bought a new yamaha mt-01 & after 33 years of biking & owning a plethora of bikes! i have finaly found what i have been looking for! this is the finest bit o'kit i ever had my butt on!!! ya gotta try one theres no other bike like it.. yowzer!

    31 May 2007

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Clunesie

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MT-01

Can anyone suggest any dealers that might be letting these bad boys go for as little as £6300 as suggested by Morbit101 below??Id have one tomorrow at that price!!!:shock:

 

mobit101 says:

Lower Price

The review criticizes the £9k price tag, but in reality there are dealers selling MT-01's for £6299 (with a 24 month warranty).

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24 August 2009 17:17

ROBBIE61

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Grrrrr! 'Frickin' GRRRRR!!

I love the MT01 and at today's discounted new and used prices its an absolute gem. Hats off to Yamaha for a bold move and a shame they have been burnt in the process. No I don't own one -It's not quite what I'm looking for (yet) but this is one under-rated machine. Needs the zorsts' to really shine. Why the f*ck a company as technically capable as Yamaha couldn't design it with a slightly bigger fuel tank is beyond me.

06 February 2009 15:13

mobit101

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Lower Price

The review criticizes the £9k price tag, but in reality there are dealers selling MT-01's for £6299 (with a 24 month warranty).

02 September 2008 01:30

glesgaman

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MT01

I've had my MT01 for 10 months,its a great machine,all the performance anyone will ever need,I took mine over the " Pass of the cattle road " from Lochcarron to Aultbea,one of the most twisty and steepest roads in Scotland,never used more than 2,500 RPM,no R1 could do that.

09 July 2008 00:04

deadfatelvis

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Deckard , luggage... we micro packed , tankbag from aldi £14.99 , and 18L backpack worn by pillion , no panniers!!! , filtered through lots and lots of traffic with ease - there are expensive luggage options out there ,but we had a fantastic time without

27 July 2007 23:51

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