Yamaha MT-09 (2021)

MT-09 (2021)
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There’s plenty to like, here – and much to love. The new MT-09 caarrries on where the old one left off ­ - an affordable bike which punches well above its weight in terms of tech spec and has a truly magnificent engine. Cleverly, it’s welcoming and intuitive enough to cosset newer riders, but sparky enough to satisfy the most committed hooligan or sports bike rider. Neat trick if you can do it.

So the suspension could be better? Fine, that’s easy to sort out a year or two down the road, with an upgraded rear shock and a re-valve and new springs at the front. In the meantime, there’s little to find fault with at this price. I’d certainly be very happy to have one peeking out of the garage at me each morning.