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Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by Paulvt1, May 31, 2013.
Sounds good to me.
New RD 400,a 375cc. 4 stroke tripple standard?
Honda has a 250 and 500.
Kawasaki 300 ninja.
Split the differance?
I really hope you are right. The TDM concept was way ahead of it's time - particularly over here, where only sportsbikes have sold well - but as that market is now suffering, i think it's time has come.
Yeah, I got one, (Ninja 300), it ain't bad, could be a lot better. A screaming triple with decent legs in that size would be awesome.
Yamaha MT-09, the basics:
- Yamaha return to 3-cylinder in-line
- Power 78.1 kW / 106 hp. 10 000 r / min, torque 8.3 daN to 8500 rev / min
- Dry weight 171 kg (without fluids), 188 kg fully fueled / ABS 191 kg
- Color: metallic purple, metallic orange, gray and blue, gray mat
- Availability: September 2013 (November ABS version)
- 3-cylinder, compact, 60 kg
- Comfortable displacement of 847 cm3 (78 mm x 59.1 mm)
- ACT 2 and 4 valves / cylinder
- Setting at 120 ° balancer, ceramic cylinders
- Forged aluminum pistons and ceramic composite cylinders
- Angle of 5 ° to 26 valves, valve diameters of 31 mm and 25 mm
- Electronic fuel injection nozzles on the valve guide
- Throttle YCC-T, 3 modes mapping (STD mode (standard) mode A - more power at low and midrange - and B mode (difficult conditions, slippery roads)
- Three different intake funnel lengths
- Diecast aluminum frame (two half-shells screwed)
- Oscillating asymmetric light cast aluminum arm
- Monocross rear suspension with horizontal damper (spring and relaxation setting)
- Inverted fork with 41mm tubes (not adjustable)
- 120/70ZR17 tires - 180/55ZR17
- Steel tank, 14 liters
- 2 floating front brake discs 298 mm / 4-piston radial calipers
- Foot controls forged aluminum
- LED tail light, dash board LCD
Not a bad looking bike. The suspension leaves a bit to be desired, but the powerplant has promise. Wonder what the MSRP will be?
Odd promo video...
I like it!
Would be nice if it was just a tiny bit lighter, but this is great too.
I'd pick this over the new Kawi Z800 in a heartbeat!
It is certainly...interesting looking. What happened to the headlight?
Yep, very interesting. Very small gas tank and non-adjustable suspension hurt a little. Wonder about fuel economy, especially w/the small tank. Traxxion could take care of the former and good economy could make the latter not a big deal. A small fly screen and we could be in business. Something different and promising(?), anyway. Time will tell. I say again, interesting.
The motorcycle that will take Yamaha into new territory - available in September - £6799.
Nothing on US site at all about it.
MT03 headlight with slight "shrinkage".
It works for EU folks.
I like it. A lot. Price is superb - as is the concept. 14lt tank may be a pisser though.
TDR 250 for a modern audience?
I have a feeling it'll be "easier" on fuel then a comparable inline-4, but yeah,
14l seems like a small tank, but this IS a "urban fighter" type of bike, like the
other two MT models, and range is never discussed among the owners of
those, and I know more then a few of them.
It's just strange that the Yamaha will now have 2 bikes of similar price
and virtually the same power and displacement (FZ8) on the market.
That said, the FZ8 isn't selling EVEN CLOSE to FZ6 numbers few years
I can see myself on the MT09, but the FZ8 still seems like a more sensible
choice (the rear seat on the MT09 doesn't look like it's for more then a
couple miles of 2up).
I reckon the MT will replace the FZ / XJ bikes eventually, with all sorts of derivatives and bolt on's.
The FZ has been around a long time.. and they need a budget platform
too (XJ) so.. I dunno..
FZ8 and MT09 are "close", they might dump the FZ8 which isn't selling
Do y'all think it'll be competitive with the Street Triple?
Even if it is, I'm sure NONE of the Triumph fan boys will ever admit it,
and they'll use words like "soul", "character" and similar bs to make
Hell, I bet MCN will be the first to do it!
Maybe they'll use the engine in a new FZ9?