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Yamaha BT 1100

The Bulldog is a rather curious with a somewhat confused Styled like a …, musclebike, which looks it could take on Ducati’s or Buell’s X-l, the Bulldog offers rather mediocre Its exposed V-twin engine is from the XVI100 Drag and offers just 48kW

Chassis-wise, a tasteful steel-tube frame snakes around the top of the Rl-type front brakes are and the hunched fuel tank the Italian-styled Bulldog look a short, taut machine. attractive too, with a flyscreen and high-quality detail But again, the performance is more to a cruiser than an aggressive

Milan, Italy, 12 June — Oh my, oh my, what a little she was. Just two years a fresh and … beauty up as a desktop background on countless screens around the world and grown men (me included) to drool. that brutal MT01 Yamaha showed at the Tokyo was one hell of a turn-on. But in life, and reality do not often meet.

The of a big-big-bore streetfighter, (or was it a supermoto the mother of all engines?) ended up into two different and somewhat versions. Americans got their low 1700 Road Warrior to with, while Europe had to be with a. mmm. how to call it? A power standard?

Urban retro cruiser? Big Enter the BT1100 Bulldog.

So many Yamahas before, the Bulldog is a tool that conventional definition. Yes, it have Ducati Monster some traces of that MT01 concept bike and a pinch of Buell poise in, yet surprisingly, at the end of the day the result is so original it earns the privilege of founding a new

Original-schmoriginal, the BT1100 is also a example of progressive motorcycle from its stubby proportions and shapes down to the abundance of fine details. Countless nods from Milanese showed that at least on the front, Yamaha’s designers got it than right.

Mechanically it’s a bit of a mixed bag. If motor looks familiar, because it’s been for 20 years now, having the first ever Japanese the Viragos 750 920 (and later the Drag-Star). The air-cooled, two-valve-per-cylinder has never won any horsepower contests, so any you should have for easy on the twist of the throttle would be shelved.

The frame, on the other is one bold and massive piece and much promise for rigidity and prowess while enhancing the looks with its daring plunge. Further strengthening sporty image are those R1 beefy right-way-up forks and a rear tire. And then you it’s got a nerdy shaft and handlebar risers.

Confused? So was I.

Things clarify quickly upon sitting on the and moving on. Any fears of a tough and MMI (man-machine-interface) dispel as your and feet meet the soft of the seat and footpegs. Guiding is true dual-purpose, loads of leg high and erect, with the feeling at first a tad too close and angled. A little fumbling the choke lever under the and we have the engine running.

is a deeper rumble coming the pipes than on the Drag but throttle response already at a very mild response. And after a few stoplights the last that there would be a streetfighter hidden in there disappear. What a pussycat!

claims to have raised the output of the 1100 mill by ponies, but with 65 claimed hp, the is a real softie. What make riding the Bulldog a bit interesting enginewise is that the torque point has been from a lowly 2500 rpm in the Star, to some 4500 in the

So instead of having an engine pulls from zero and runs out of puff by the time the needle crosses the two thirds the BT’s engine is much of a revvier and doesn’t mind the 7000 rpm rev limiter every now and In the lower half of the range a nice plodder with the climbing in linear fashion 3000 rpm and up.

With its powerful brakes, you can assured the Bulldogs brakes are far than its bite. Although at first, the super friendly grows on you as you clock more and urban riding miles. The is a real doddle to use, and helped by the cycle side of the which feels really at in the city.

The erect riding works superbly and allows for scanning of the surroundings without any breaking contortions needed, an virtue in the world’s fashion where model types to grow on trees. On the countless paved streets of Milano, by streetcar rails, the soft filters out most of the white while the progressive-linked monoshock is a bit accommodating on bigger bumps.

the wide handlebars produce steering response in tight and hide well the considerable of this well-trained Bulldog. to hit the highways and the canyon roads.

a fully upright riding and a tiny bikini fairing for protection, cruising speed mainly on your will to the air pressure. The engine is capable of the Bulldog to some 110 mph, but 90 is a far more reasonable proposition. The amount of horses in the stable that quick overtaking a downshift or two, but as long as not trying to compete with any out there, the BT gets the job done any perceivable vibration.

Yamaha BT 1100

On long freeway stints, the saddle becomes more of a in the rear. As it often happens days, it’s another of a too-sculpted seat that you pinned to just one position. a term used by a MO reader, if lard factor is above there’s a good chance things are going to be a bit cramped in the zone.

Cramped or not, the comes into its own again the going gets twisty. the mixture of great stability and grip provided by those tires, the stiff frame and the leverage of the wide bars really nice, enabling a rider to maintain an entertaining Just like a good tourer, the Bulldog supplies fun in the twisties, but it’s no supermoto.

The 506 Yamaha cites as the bike’s dry and the slightly underdamped fork start to be felt when the picks up. Just as well, clearance is not one of the BT’s main although by now it starts to be clear on the BT1100, if you’re pushing hard, you are certainly calling the number. In the braking department, the doesn’t need any excuses.

It’s R1 derived brakes no introduction and supply ample and feel in any situation. The rear though, is almost too potent and too easily, not the best thing if you are a

Beginner? Who said beginner? at MO we are all a bunch of hairy- arsed aren’t we? Must have my unconscious playing games. a few days of riding, the fact the BT is one docile ride that be a stepping stone for anybody up the capacity ladder cannot be and that in itself is quite

Save for Suzuki’s SV650, hasn’t been a new, beginner’s mount in quite a time, certainly not an 1100cc

Then we have that issue. Just like in a where performance is secondary to (or at least it used to be. ), the BT1100 a hot conversation topic whenever it is in a bike-choked lot. Yamaha is the Japanese company using the of an external design office (GK and that reflects on many of its

The daring and courageous shapes of the might have never born within the confines of design.

Above all, the is one hell of an urban tool. I had a time trying to recall a that was so much fun to just hop on and go for little errands—to my lover’s or to get rolling papers from the shop. Weigh in other like the low maintenance drive and engine and the BT1100 starts sense as groovy everyday beginner rider or not.

Last but not least is the price In Europe, the BT is sold in the same bracket as the H-D Sportster, Triumph and Ducati Monster 750. that sort of character-laden the BT1100 is on level battling Will its quirky character to the American riding public? the big question.

At the moment Yamaha not.

Yamaha BT 1100
Yamaha BT 1100
Yamaha BT 1100
Yamaha BT 1100
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