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Yamaha MT-01 Prototype

Yamaha MT-01 (November

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A V-twin unique sport hybrid with serious credentials on the chassis front.


Anything but your sport bike and anything but a — a quirky combo of with tons of character and a turn of performance.


Yamaha’s own introduction to the MT-01, it refers to as a torque sports is not typical opening line. It off by explaining the MT-01 is/has

Kodo is a beat, a pulse, a of the soul, an immutable and irresistible that propels you through or up a twisty road. Kodo is the characteristic of the new MT-01, a machine for a radically different riding How did we create Kodo?

By quantifying the the sounds and feel-good vibrations of the relationship and distilling them a seductive form of steel and

Shoe-horning a big V-twin cruiser into a sports chassis is but a new idea. Assorted specialist and Euro builders have doing it for decades, usually Harley powerplants, with success. And we’ve also quite a few factory cruisers minimal sporting pretensions.

What made everyone sit up and notice of the MT-01 prototype it was first unveiled at the Tokyo Show in 1999, was that is was a hybrid with real production intent. Back it looked pretty damned and the bike you see here has remained faithful to the original. Up close it like it eats small when no-one’s looking it certainly gets noticed.

it all is a version of the Warrior 1670cc in a very different state of It’s running dual bore throats for the injection, a lighter crank for better response. Surprisingly, it’s with a relatively conservative compression in its ceramic-coated cylinders.

the entire machine, the powerplant is a mix of big-twin thinking, with high-tech updates.

It’s 90 horses — enough to be without being earth-shattering. backed up by a very respectable of claimed torque down at which is the real secret its performance. It doesn’t so much as launch with very few required.

Getting all of that to the ground is a manual shift, with wet and chain drive.

The chassis is a lot of the sport credentials lie. to the …-cast aluminium frame is a of a 43mm R1 front end complete the four-spotter monobloc brakes. travel at both ends relatively short, with rates chosen for the springing and The shock is laid near-horizontal the rear of the engine.

Both feature adjustment from plus compression and rebound

Our example was running a couple of a set of Over Racing mufflers carbon-fibre guards), and some from the same maker. The charts I’ve seen the pipes don’t add a lot of peak but offer a much ‘fatter’ curve.


The MT-01 has been complemented by folk over the years for a ‘natural’ riding position, good reason. The Over do little to change this than putting your in a slightly more sporty stance and offering a high of adjustability.

Firing up the lump reveals an addictive big twin that turns thunderous you open the taps — or at it does on this example Stafford Motorcycles in Melb. The mufflers give a lovely note that’s worth the on its own, without being loud. Although it will set off car alarms…

What is surprising is how responsive the powerplant is off the throttle It’s no screaming multi, but to minimal input and, you get used to the considerable urge off the bottom of the rev range, gives a good sense of control.

Yamaha MT-01 Prototype

the fact it’s pushing a 240 lump, the engine delivers of urge — more enough to make your sports road a thoroughly experience.

So, is entertaining also code for Not in this case. The chassis the whole plot together well, with good control, even though the is firm rather than Its steering responds well though you need to remember is a big motorcycle that needs an set of hands at the tiller to tip it into a

Once it’s in there, the plot tracks very

Braking is good — as as that. The feel is excellent and the weight doesn’t seem to it unduly.


you don’t get a full sense of, you meet the machine up close, is how much effort has gone in to the of this model. It truly is We suspect that means need to spend a bit of time the rag and polish, as one let go to ruin would in value.

But the detail in the visuals add to the presence of what is already a and unusual package.

The idea of a big engine dominating a chassis has huge aesthetic but comes with a price, in this case is the relatively fuel tank with a 15 capacity. The MT-01 will, if gently, do as much as 230-240km on but I’d be planning trips on the of a range of more like 200 to be Far from impossible, and anyway looking in the wrong place if you a touring bike.

On that the pillion accommodation is minimal at The fold-out footpegs (which away very nicely not in use) assume your is a dwarf or is not planning a long on board. So treat this as a big and solo sportster.

In this the thing has some decent prowess — you’re not to nail a lot of R1s, but you’ll them a hell of a fright on average mountain road, playing tunes on those pipes.

I suspect two things back the MT-01 when it was released: first was the ‘out-there’ and secondly the borderline scary of $21,450 plus ORC. You probably justify the latter, given the extraordinary level of — but the market didn’t see it way.

The good news is the machine has dropped to $17,990 plus which really makes it like hot value. It may not be for everyone, but the is a hoot to ride and the new pricing it seriously tempting.


Yamaha MT-01 Prototype
Yamaha MT-01 Prototype
Yamaha MT-01 Prototype
Yamaha MT-01 Prototype
Yamaha MT-01 Prototype

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