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New Yamaha MT-09 Street Tracker unveiled

By Richard Newland -

New bikes

 11 June 2014 13:23

Exactly one year to the day since Yamaha unveiled their new MT-09, the firm has unveiled the third bike in the 09 family, making it a triplet of triples, and bolstering the MT family to a stable of five (MT-07 and MT-125 being the other two).

The new incarnation joins the standard version, and the contentiously styled Street Rally, which was first shown at Cologne last Autumn.

The Street Tracker is, claim Yamaha, “a scrambler-inspired bike that is equipped with a range of special high quality components. Built for riders who are searching for more emotion and individuality, the MT-09 Street Tracker offers a cool and sophisticated new look.”

This is arguably the most complete and refined-looking of the three versions, and the dirt track inspired styling certainly exudes just enough brat coolness to carry its head high in any environment.

Born out of a mix of influences from the Japanese factory, and the firm’s Italian design and development arm, the Tracker gets a unique matt finish to the frame and bodywork, a short carbon front fender with aluminium stays, and there's also a new aluminium front number board that adds to the image and gifts the rider a little upper body wind protection, too. The new side boards are also aluminium, as is the purposeful billet handlebar brace.

A two-tone seat, comprising a brown leather top section with black Alcantara-look sides, nestles into the new knee grips adorning the matt grey fuel tank, and the rider gets wider footrests to plant their off-road styled street boots on.

Also unique to the new version is the totally black frame, while the 850cc triple is also treated in a matt black finish, topped off with a bronze coloured cylinder head (insert your own Duracell jokes), further complimented by dark bronze wheels and a gold coloured inverted fork.

For more noise and go, there’s an Akrapovic exhaust system available as an optional extra, which exits to the right side of the bike's stubby tail.

Highlights:
• Dirt tracker/street scrambler looks
• Aluminium front number plate
• Short carbon front fender with aluminium stays
• Aluminium side number plates
• Slim and flat two-tone brown/black seat
• Knee pads and matt paint for the tank
• Wide footpegs
• Billet handlebar tensioner
• Matt black frame, matt bronze wheels
• Hi-level Akrapovic exhaust available as an accessory

The new MT-09 Street Tracker will be available in dealers from late August, and while Yamaha has not yet conformed a price, we’d expect it to be pretty close to it’s Street Rally sibling, which costs £7,699 (the standard version is £6,949).