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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

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(23 reviews)

  • An machine with presence and attitude. Not a bike for the shrinking-violet

    brynhils

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    A machine that draws glances wherever it goes and is sure to start a conversation at your local petrol station as you fill up; only make it a short conversation because the tank is rather small for a bike with a 1700cc engine - 15 Litres including the 3 Litre reserve. A problem? Only if you were wanting to go more than 100 miles or so between fill-ups, but why would you? This bike begs to be ridden where people can see it and hear it, through towns and villages and the twisty roads between! But be careful; When this beast rumbles and pops it's way through the countryside small mammals run for cover in all directions and normally placid dogs take to barking and giving chase. Put your best gear on and look your best when you stop for fuel or a bite to eat - because people will stare in your direction. This is not a motorbike for a 'wall-flower' or faint of heart; this is a bike that screams "Oy! Get a load of my big pipes!".. Geezer! Strengths: Looks. Sound. Presence on the road. Weaknesses: Fuel capacity. Underseat space. Vibrating Mirrors.

    15 October 2006

  • Very underrated bike, if you fancied a Buell but it wasn't quick enough for you try one of these

    Craig5150

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Very underrated bike, if you fancied a Buell but it wasn't quick enough for you try one of these. End cans, power commander and remove the airbox/bolt some K&N's direct and the power and torque are stunning. It's a comfortable, fast, solid steering bike you will just want to ride and ride. Low and mid range power makes any traffic dissapear!! you can launch this thing so quickly without worrying about wheelspin or wheelies....it's unreal. Everyone will ask you what it is and tell you it's like nothing else. You can ride it like Mr Harley through town or like a complete lunatic out in the country it will do both. Pegs will touch sooner than you think. Strengths: Engine, noise, road presence, 0-100 acceleration, comfort, solid build quality. Weaknesses:
    Initial cost...but a used bike will be affordable and might have the right mods on.

    01 October 2006

  • Throbbing V Twin

    dav806

    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Test rode this bike, It has amazing acceleration, very addictive, I just wanted to accelerate for the noise, speed etc, then deccelerate for the pops and bangs, very vibey but you get used to it, good on fast A and B roads, good on motorways up to 90, not so good in town at 30, comfortable upright riding position. Twist the throttle and hang on! Strengths: Acceleration, Comfort. Weaknesses: Air box covers in Aluminium, Vibration, Town riding.

    16 September 2006

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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

glesgamansays

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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lugggage

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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