Road test: 2006 Yamaha MT-01 Driving

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Yamaha MT-01 Prototype
Yamaha MT-01 Prototype

Road test: 2006 MT-01


Yamaha the essence of its brand new MT-01 “torque sport,” and it doesn’t long to determine what all about.

The $15,599 MT-01 to life with a purposeful, grumble and, while it softly at idle, it clearly a big stick. Banging away the seat are two muscle car-sized each filling about 850 centimetres of cylinder capacity. adds up to an eye-opening 1,670 cc in classic V-twin design.

And means torque — great of urgent acceleration, available upon cracking open the

If the engine looks familiar, because it has made a prior within the chassis of Yamaha’s Star Warrior cruiser There, it delivers more ample torque for boulevard who like to wait in ambush for Harley-Davidson riders.

In the MT-01, it renders more of the sort of low rpm thrust, and it does so chain drive, rather a belt, as on the Warrior. The redline on the comes quickly into at 5,500 rpm, calling for the cog up in the five-speed transmission.

Given engine architecture, the MT-01 pure, wrist-testing acceleration zero to red. And it does so in a chassis, with a shorter a fully adjustable 43-millimetre fork up front and a fully single-shock rear suspension out The swingarm is even based on the swingarm used by Yamaha’s R1

Let the fireworks begin!

In case you it, the Europeans have been this appealing sport-cruiser for the past decade or so and have their creations street The Ducati Monster got the ball Others by Triumph, KTM and Moto have followed the trail by the successful Monster.

But this is a new game for the Japanese makers, and didn’t waste its effort on half-baked. As such, the MT-01 to the “… bike” dictates of the genre. There is, for instance, no or windshield to cleave the air for the rider.

the saddle sits fairly low the big, top-flared gas tank, the rider some wind plus the ability to crouch low the tank for faster forays on the

But the MT-01 is best enjoyed on favourite stretch of twisting where this … delivers a full-monty experience. The wheelbase, narrow leg-squeezing and wide handlebars all encourage to explore the physics of full-lean And it excels in that sense the torque sport aspect of delivery can be more user-friendly the high-revving nature of multi-cylinder bikes.

Riders will notice the MT-01 is well and relatively easy to manoeuvre at low — especially given its 240-kilogram

The brakes play their in this performance, too, by confidence and allowing the rider to a little later before a corner. Still, they bite a little earlier in initial squeeze of the lever.

Yamaha MT-01 Prototype

The MT-01 also exhibits an on aggressive styling, as befits any bike. This is signalled, for by the giant oval air cleaner that bridges the cylinder of the V-twin. And there is no missing two wide megaphone exhaust on either side of the seat. are connected to the motor by two gleaming pipes that curl the right side of the motor.

The exercise is finished in an attractive silver finish, with and chrome accents.

The style continues with the instrumentation, is simple and dominated by the analogue Below it, the speedometer reads out in numbers.

But most convincing of the MT-01′s nature is that first, alarming twist of the throttle. No — the bike surges ahead an impressive lunge. The 1,700-cc breathes and expels exhaust four valves per cylinder, actuation by an overhead cam.

It 90 horsepower and 110 pound-feet of torque.

action is smooth on engaging the big from a standing start, is a testament to clever engineering at But there is no way to completely quell the of such a powerplant, and the MT-01 back and forth with a blip at rest. Once it can surge a bit when droning at city speeds if your wrist is at all imprecise. The cure?

Avoid riding in the city and the MT-01 directly toward favourite countryside riding THE SPECS

ENGINE 1,700-cc eight-valve, V-twin

POWER 90 hp @ rpm; 110 lb-ft of torque @ rpm

Yamaha MT-01 Prototype

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