Toying with the idea of getting shot of my old Fazer and Cagiva raptor and treating myself to a new MT09 as it's my 50th next month 😄! Can anyone give me an honest opinion on the MT? Been through YouTube and so many mixed reviews on there. Just want a proper bit of feedback on them.
I had one for a year (16 plate street rally ) was OK at most things , seat was like rock after an hour or so front end always felt vague, that's why I got rid of it. Engine was great but lots of engine braking ,suspension OK for most things. I got an S1000R to replace it and the difference is amazing I know there more money but worth it in my opinion.
My pal had an MT09 for a while, and the seat was indeed rock hard. Great bike otherwise for the money. We then both got a couple of S1000R's which were far superior which they should be for the money. I now have an MT10.
My son has had one for about a year. As stated the seat is hard. He bought it second hand and I believe it is great value. His has an Ohlins rear shock which was fitted when be bought it. Apparently the standard one is a weakness. My back and shoulders no longer like clip-ons so I like the upright riding position. I guess it depends how you are going to use it but as an all-rounder I would buy one.
I have a 2015 bike that I bought new and have done 12000 miles on it. I really like it, people moan about the suspension but I have found that as long as I commit to a line and stick to it the bike holds its line even at high speed, although I don't weigh much which seems to help. It will tank slap easily over rough road surfaces and will wheelie easily. Mine has never been flashed or had the factory reflash so the throttle is like an on off switch which doesn't bother me on the road but was not good when I did a track day at donnington especially around the hairpin. Hope you enjoy yours as much as I do
Hi Paddy, Not quite an MT09 but I bought an MT09-Tracer (2015 model), so commenting on this model as its very similar. I used to have a 2002 Fazer 600 from new and the Tracer is a far better bike in all respects. Big plus point for sure is the motor which is just a stonking engine. Plenty of power right across the rev range, great torque and fast enough on the road for most of us! Cycle parts mostly of good quality (except standard suspension), radial brakes plenty of stopping power (two finger braking) and handling out of the box pretty good.
The three throttle modes of A, Std and B do give genuine differences in engine character/delivery with A-Mode great when you are blasting along making good progress, Std mode is good most of the time and B-Mode giving a noticeably softer mode, useful sometimes in slow traffic, rain, dubious conditions etc. As has been commented previously A-Mode can be just a little jerky at low speed if you are a bit heady handed with throttle inputs.
The standard suspension...however, is clearly where Yamaha saved some dosh on the MT series and built the bike to a budget. I found the forks way too soft, lots of dive, back end pretty mushy too when making progress. Tried some minimal adjustments without much improvement. Read up on aftermarket stuff and decided to upgrade it with a K-Tech cartridge change on the front end and a K-Tech razor shock on the back. This was not cheap (approx £1400) but has transformed the handling to what it always should have been. A HUGE difference to how planted and precise the bike now feels.
Yamaha now have the MT09-SP and Tracer 900 GT in their range and a major difference on those bikes is an improved suspension package, which unsurprisingly has bumped the pricing up. However I would not like to say whether it comes close to aftermarket K-Tech (or Nitron) alternatives
Also extremely comfortable riding position, great visibility etc
Hope that helps.
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Bit of a catch up really, thinking of going for look at MT 09 Tracer looking at something that style , also thinking of tiger 800XRT . Had a test ride on MT 07 last year and liked the engine and the old school seating position. Wanting something easy to ride offering a bit more protection than the naked, though hear the oem screen is pants and better to fit an aftermarket. Found a nice 2017 model with almost no miles on local to me, may go for a look at w/end. Want something to ride around Spain/France maybe, have a few mates who go every year pestering me to give it a go, don't think the LC will like all that, or me on it!
Can't run to a new GT model, yes they have a few extras with better suspension to.
Just wanting some feedback. Thanks Alex.
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Had an MT07 and MT07 Tracer both good bikes, mpg is around 55/60 mpg, reasonably comfy over long distances loads of good useful accessories. Currently running a Street Triple RX675 that I will be selling soon and looking to go back to either an MT07 Tracer or MT09.