Yamaha’s MT-09 middleweight roadster should be spectacular – a worthy rival to Triumph’s mighty Street Triple. Experienced riders will love the power from its 115bhp, 850cc three-cylinder engine, its ability to do easy stunts and the huge reserves of ground clearance available. Newer riders will enjoy the motor’s flexibility, light weight and low seat. It’s as happy doing the daily grind as it is whisking you off on holiday and best of is great value for money. But all this good stuff is let down by poor ride-by-wire fuelling in all but its softest riding mode and crude suspension. Let’s hope Yamaha addresses these problems because the MT-09 could be the king of the class.
Updated in 2016
The class-busting Yamaha MT-09 remains almost entirely unchanged for 2016 - but does get the additional safety measure of the three-level traction control system from its sibling MT-09 Tracer, as well as a series of new colours that include the bold Night Fluro scheme seen on the new MT-10, and Lava Red.