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Old 07-01-2008, 01:07 AM   #1
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Yamaha MT 01

Hi All,
After thinking of a 2009 V Max and not wanting to order a bike that I cant ride or see, I have turned my attention to the MT 01.

Any one got one?

Good / Bad?

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Old 07-01-2008, 06:15 AM   #2
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If you're in the US, this is another bike you cannot ride or see.

Canada gets a few, the rest go to Europe.

Rotsa Ruck.
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:06 AM   #3
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If you're in the US, this is another bike you cannot ride or see.

Canada gets a few, the rest go to Europe.

Rotsa Ruck.
Canada might get a "few" but they are all sitting on the show room floor heavily discounted. Everytime I pop into my local Yamaha dealer and talk bikes with the salesman that I know he tries to sell me a MT01. I think they are cool, but too expensive for what they are. Yet to see one on the road either.

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Old 07-01-2008, 07:13 AM   #4
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:41 AM   #5
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It died a fast death in the U.K. Overpriced and only worth a look with all the very expensive Yamaha performance mods. Now heavily discounted. Part of me hopes that the new Vmax goes the same way over here.
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Old 07-01-2008, 08:07 AM   #6
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Test rode one the other day. Hated it. Heavy, slow steering, sluggish engine. Buy a cruiser instead!

But I bought a CB1000R so my tastes are much more sporty.
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:17 AM   #7
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Test rode one the other day. Hated it. Heavy, slow steering, sluggish engine. Buy a cruiser instead!

But I bought a CB1000R so my tastes are much more sporty.
Actually, i do disagree... But on the other hand i am not into supersports bikes. If it is an extreme sportbike you are after, you shouldn't even consider a MT-01.

A MT-01 you buy because you want a MT-01 and nothing else, just because it is such an unique type of bike. I agree it is quite heavy, but once you get rolling much of the weight disappeares. It has a very stiff and balanced chassi, with fully adjustable suspension and also good brakes. The engine might be a little underpowered and takes some time to get used to. There is absolutely no need to use high revs, and it is quite abrupt both when rolling on and off throttle, so cornering often gets a little jerky in the beginning.

The tires that came with my MT-01 (Metzeler Z4) i wouldn't recommend to anyone, but with a pair of Pilot road 2 the bike handles much better. A rear tire lasts about 4000 km if you use the torgue

The MT-01 is a bike for people that likes the engine characteristics of a large cruiser, but wants to be able to ride fast in the corners
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:07 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies, I'm in Australia. They have been heavily discounted and a few are showing up secondhand with extras ( no Stage 3 kits but ) for a real good price.
I'm not into sportbikes, our roads are too policed and I like low reving engines with a nice exhaust note. I like the looks as well and that it is a big bike. I saw a 6'+ guy on a new R6 didn't look right.
The factory hot up parts pricing is a joke, would they have sold a stage 3 kit?
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Old 07-01-2008, 02:21 PM   #9
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what do you mean you can't get an MT-01 in the states?

here's one right here on ebay... go go go!


Work mate here is thinkin' bout gettin' one...
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Old 07-01-2008, 04:33 PM   #10
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what do you mean you can't get an MT-01 in the states?

here's one right here on ebay... go go go!


Work mate here is thinkin' bout gettin' one...
Well, your "work mate" better pony-up & buy that one - it's a dealer grey-mkt import 2006 model that no one wants (especially for $12k).
It'll make the trip from Florida to Colorado, but rotsa ruck getting parts - 68 kilometers "new" but no warranty! Such a deal!!! It has the wrong amount of numbes in the VIN, so your state might have a problem with the "clean" Florida dealer title. But, he'd have the only one in the US.
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:44 PM   #11
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The MT-01 is a bike for people that likes the engine characteristics of a large cruiser, but wants to be able to ride fast in the corners
In other words, its a Japanese Buell minus the gee whiz technology.
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Old 07-01-2008, 10:30 PM   #12
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In other words, its a Japanese Buell minus the gee whiz technology.
Actually, Buell 1125R was one of the other bikes i considered before buying my MT-01. A few reports of quality issues and a 35% higher price turned me off though.
I still really would want the belt drive instead of a messy chain.
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Old 07-01-2008, 11:42 PM   #13
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Fan of Buells as well, I like the belt drive. Have been put off by quality issues.
Zopilote do you work on your bike?
Does the MT have hydraulic lifters or are valve adjustments required?
Any good web sites? I cant find any specific sites or forums to check out.

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Old 07-02-2008, 01:01 AM   #14
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Fan of Buells as well, I like the belt drive. Have been put off by quality issues.
Zopilote do you work on your bike?
Does the MT have hydraulic lifters or are valve adjustments required?
Any good web sites? I cant find any specific sites or forums to check out.

Thanks
I do some work myself, but haven't done any valve adjustment yet. If i am not all wrong there are hydraulic lifters, but each rocker affect two valves, so you have to make "internal" adjustments between the two valves. (The engine has underlying camshafts and pushrods).

A very good MT forum is: http://www.mt-owners-club.org.uk/forum/
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:23 AM   #15
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We get them Down Under but they didn't sell very well here either. They can be had for much less than their initial price these days; that probably helped to move a few more units... Anyhow, since I haven't ridden one I have nothing of value to add here but I thought I'd point you to the article written by our local boys at BikeMe - they had an MT-01 with factory race kit, no less, and they rode it from Sydney to Phillip Island: http://bikeme.tv/Writings/tabid/91/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/257/YAMAHA-MT01-WITH-STAGE-II-RACE-KIT.aspx
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