Yamaha have revealed a teaser image for a new 2020 naked bike, set to be revealed on Wednesday, October 16, at 2pm CET.
Appearing in a head-on silhouette displaying the outline of the bike and three distinctive centrally-mounted LED front lights, the picture could be showing a replacement for the firm’s ageing MT-125, which remains largely unchanged since its inception in 2014.
This is further compounded by the fact that the MT’s sister bike, the sporty YZF-R125, underwent a complete transformation for 2019; gaining new styling, geometry and engine, complete with Variable Valve Actuation (VVA). Alongside this, Yamaha already produce a novice-friendly 150cc MT-15 for a different market, which boasts the same LED lighting cluster.
By this same token, Yamaha's A2-compliant MT-03 is also due an upgrade, remaining largely the same since its introduction in 2016. Much like its 125 younger sibling, the 03's sister bike, the R3, also underwent changes for 2019, suggesting the naked counterpart could follow suit.
Although Yamaha UK declined to comment, the teaser also features the line: 'Loading a new level of darkness', which would also suggest an updated MT model, due to the fact that the Japanese firm’s own slogan for the entire range is 'the dark side of Japan.'
Despite not revealing the identity of the bike for around another three weeks, Yamaha UK are now offering the mystery machine as the prize for the their 2019 Motorcycle Live giveaway.
Set to be displayed in Hall 2 of the November show at Birmingham’s NEC, the bike will sit alongside other models already announced, including the 2020 R1 and R1M.
Posting online, Yamaha said: "Yamaha Motor UK is delighted to offer a brand new, 2020 model as a prize for this year’s Motorcycle Live giveaway. In fact, the bike is so new, we can’t even tell you what it is yet!
"Keep your eyes peeled on Yamaha’s social media in the near future as the Japanese manufacturer looks to lift the covers off their next 2020 model, which we can confirm as the prize for this year’s Motorcycle Live competition. More info coming soon!"
MCN will bring you more information on the bike as we get it. Those wanting to take part in the competition can do so here.
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