Top test Yamaha MT-01
When the asphalt ripples
Two pistons, the size of beer mugs, push forward with elemental force, around a martial-mechanical colossus that redefines the name motorcycle. The Yamaha mutant MT-01 breaks the boredom of old-fashioned ideas with a cheeky mixture of brightly colored supersport and fat cruiser.
Respect. This is already evident when loading the mighty MT-01 into the transporter, which is the brand new Yamaha is supposed to whisk you away from the gray German fog into the shimmering Spanish sun. Where normally two hands quickly maneuver each motorcycle over the loading ramp, three men push, support and push the MT-01 over the groaning aluminum rail.
The Yamaha weighs 267 kilograms, on the one hand a lot, on the other hand
surprisingly little. No, it’s not the actual weight, it’s the visual impact with which this motorcycle stands out. The tank is as high as the back of a camel and in the middle of it is an air-cooled V2 engine, the one in Sinsheimer Technik-
Museum would complement the tractors and farm tractors department perfectly. A giant stroke and originally designed for Yamaha’s largest cruiser, the Road Star Warrior.
But because the ideas of Japanese marketing gurus are as unfathomable as the ways of the Lord, the capital bumper motor can now be found in a thoroughbred road chassis. Which in no way diminishes the optical omnipotence of the MT-01. Especially not when the V2 comes to life. Anyone who gets frustrated through life in the monotony of everyday life will benefit from the incineration technology-
nis back on its feet. Guaranteed. A sound that has washed itself, roaring, robust and no less martial than the associated motor, which trembles and trembles to the rhythm of its work cycles, as if it would like to tear the die-cast frame to pieces in the next moment.
Taking a seat in the comfortable seat, with the suitably curved steering iron at hand and first gear positioned, the massif starts moving with ease and, thanks to a remarkably large steering stop, can be turned and maneuvered quickly. On the adventurous country roads in the Spanish hinterland, the MT-01 dives nimbly and with full vigor through curves and hairpin bends of all kinds.
Consistently trimmed for sport, the tight coordination of the fine upside-down fork and the strut placed under the gearbox keep the masses in check. Even when the MT-01 sweeps over bumps and rag carpets or zaps through nested alternating curves in a snap. Hats off, the Yamaha development team has done a great job here. The fact that pronounced comfort requirements fell by the wayside is to get over, because the clear feedback and an impressive handiness for this weight class can only be achieved with a tight and stable spring / damper set-up.
But what does that mean, impressive handiness? The answer to
the subjective feeling can be expressed objectively in numbers in the MOTORRAD test drive. And so the Yamaha monument pretzels through the pylon forest at a crisp 105 km / h. A value that was previously reserved for agile super athletes or feather-light middle classes. Due to the long S-curves of the second test course, the MT-01 only irons
a touch slower than the established ones-
ten curve files and twirl around the tight bend at the turning point as if pulled on a string. Velvety load changes ensure calm and a fat torque for black lines when the racing chopper snaps out of the corners.
Even at top speed on wavy terrain
The Yamaha hardly twitches or shuttles on the Autobahn. It stays that way even if the
Snap on excellent, radially screwed brake calipers and sustainably take the 267 kilograms off their feet. Expressed in numbers: The MT-01 is at the MOTORRAD brake measurement from 100 km / h after 40.8 meters. Thanks to the standard-fitted Metzeler ME Z4 front touring tire in J specification, which brings the braking power to the road with a good-natured, loudly whistling limit range and does not spoil the ideal line when anchoring in an inclined position thanks to minimal set-up torque.
It is astonishing that the uncomfortable tipping and pitching of the wide tires in undulating curves can only be seen in the beginning with the 190 rear wheel slipper. The liability reserves of the Munich rubber goods suffice for the required freedom from inclination, which comes to an end if
cut the footrests into the asphalt. On the other hand, on asphalt with less grip, for example in hairpin bends with a scuffed surface, the MT-01 tends to push over the front wheel and then bends over the steering if the turn is too brisk.
All in all, however, it thunders through the wide world with agile and reliable driving characteristics and cannot really be thrown off the track by the large rotating masses of the V2 engine. Which brings us to the topic: the engine, the real focus of the Yamaha MT-01. There is no more traditional mechanical engineering on display. All that’s missing is a pair of open rocker arms and the obligatory oil can. But also pull like this
the arm-thick bumper ducts and the sparsely ribbed cylinder V put every technology freak under its spell. The fact that behind the fascinating, museum-quality backdrop, modern four-valve technology, maintenance-free hydraulic tappets and electronic injection ensure reliable propulsion does not bother us in any way.
In contrast to the openly and honestly presented engine, innumerable covers and hoods cover the necessary electrical components and shield the sweeping manifold worms in two layers. The mighty megaphone silencers are also in heat-insulating plastic sleeves so that the pillion does not smoke. Although the one in the emergency seat doesn’t have much to laugh about anyway. Comfort is different.
Which shouldn’t really matter to the machinist in the front row, because he’s having fun. And once again it is not the objective and actual figures of measured 92 hp and 151 Nm, but the way in which the Langhuber scratches the asphalt. Sparkling on the gas like shaken champagne, already on the rear wheel at 2500 rpm and always the feeling that this thrust has no end. Seen soberly, this is of course complete nonsense. Just over 5500 rpm, the two-cylinder is stuck in its own moving mass, forces you to shift gears and pulls the displacement monster forward with a good leap. In every gear, at every speed. The relatively smooth five-speed gearbox occasionally spits out the second with the engine fully turned down and the shifting process carelessly carried out.
The result when fully loaded: respectable performance with 3.7 seconds to 100 km / h and 6.6 seconds to 140 km / h. But the real pleasure in driving a tractor arises when
the road winds steeply through the mountains
and whole areas of land are crossed with two passages. At a jagged incline around curves and hairpin bends, the V2 just about to come to a standstill, looking ahead, cock cocked, and rumbling, horse and rider are pulled towards the horizon. Away, just gone. Alpine slopes are leveled,
Contrary to any geometrical logic, straight lines are even shorter than short. A look at the measured values explains the fascination: the Yamaha zooms in from 60 to 140 km / h in the last gear in 7.9 seconds.
Always present when playing with the Newton meters: the heavy exhaust blow, the tremor in the engine room. You can meet with this machine, yes, machine meets
the MT-01 at best, quickly in space
and lose time. It would be even faster if Yamaha didn’t have the power shaken off the wrist
would have preloaded a throttle that can only be operated with bear power. One
a bit like the old Guzzis with two ordinary 40s Dellortos. The Italos have got used to it, but with a modern motorcycle this willingness is not really pronounced.
Well, that’s it for the nagging. Also because the MT-01 is equipped for everyday life with all its independence. Impeccable rear-view mirrors, a decent light with good side edge illumination
in tight turns for those who are at
Summit storm actually forget the time. With an acceptable 5.6 liters of regular gasoline
For every 100 kilometers on country roads, the fat V2 holds back elegantly, 7.2 liters at a constant 130 km / h are the tribute to the short overall ratio, which is why the MT-01 at this speed already with 3100 rpm, i.e. 65 percent of the rated speed , comes along on the watch. Which confirms the old adage “nothing comes from nothing”.
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Top test Yamaha MT-01
When the asphalt ripples
Was there anything else?
Very good, elaborate equipment
Radial brake pump
Maintenance-free hydraulic valve lifters
Smart, barely visible passenger pegs
Good driving characteristics with a pillion passenger
Slight brake fading in front at high
Oil tank in danger of falling
Missing fall protectors on the left
in the test
Fork: Rebound damping 6 to 8 clicks *
open, compression damping 4 to 6 clicks * open, preload 2 rings visible, level / fork protrusion 0 mm
Shock absorber: rebound damping 8 to 10 clicks * on, compression damping 9 to 12 clicks * on, preload 140 mm preloaded length
* more clicks for better convenience,
fewer clicks for sporty driving
Top speed * 210 km / h
0 100 km / h 3.7 sec
0 ?? 140 km / h 6.6 sec
0 200 km / h 17.3 sec
60 ?? 100 km / h 3.8 sec
100 ?? 140 km / h 4.1 sec
140 180 km / h 5.7 sec
Effective (display 50/100) 48/96 km / h
Display red area 5500 rpm
Effective 5500 rpm
Consumption in the test
at 130 km / h 7.2 l / 100 km
Country road 5.6 l / 100 km
Theor. Range 268 km
Fuel type normal
mass and weight
L / W / H 2190/810/1270 mm
Seat height 810 mm
Handlebar height 1030 mm
Turning circle 6050 mm
Weight with a full tank 267 kg
Payload 194 kg
Wheel load distribution f / r 51/49%
Driving dynamics 1
Braking distance from 100 km / h 40.8 meters
Average deceleration 9.5 m / s2
Comments: very stable, even when overbraking at the rear, Metzeler at the front with good feedback, wide limit range and loud squeaking before the blocking limit. Partly noticeable fading. Gabel does not go on block.
Handling course I (fast slalom)
Lap time 20.3 sec
vmax at the measuring point 105.0 km / h
Comments: extremely light and agile, very precise at the turning point with buttery smooth load changes and great pulling through from the bend. If you drive at a lower speed in third gear, the handling improves noticeably.
Handling course II (slow slalom)
Lap time 29.7 sec
vmax at the measuring point 53.4 km / h
Remarks: also very easy to drive here, precisely circles the pylons and the turning point. Only touches down slightly with the notches, the Metzeler ME Z4 has a good grip.
Orbit Ø 46 meters
Lap time 10.5 sec
vmax at the measuring point 51.8 km / h
Note: The notches are set and limit the cornering speed. Only slight unrest at the parting lines without loss of grip.
Engine: air-cooled two-cylinder four-stroke 48-degree V engine, transverse crankshaft
lying, two gear-driven camshafts below, four valves per
Cylinders, hydraulic valve lifters, bumpers, rocker arms, dry sump lubrication, injection, Ø 40 mm, regulated catalytic converter, battery 12 V / 12 Ah, hydraulically operated multi-plate oil bath clutch, five-speed gearbox, O-ring chain, secondary ratio 39:17.
Bore x stroke 97.0 x 113.0 mm
Cubic capacity 1670 cm3
Compression ratio 8.4: 1
66 kW (90 PS) at 4750 rpm
Max. Torque 150 Nm at 3750 rpm
Pollutant values (homologation) in g / km
CO 2.800 / HC 0.123 / NOx 0.104
Chassis: two-part bridge frame made of aluminum, upside-down fork, Ø 43 mm, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, two-arm swing arm made of aluminum, horizontal central spring strut with lever deflection, adjustable spring base, rebound and compression damping, double disc brake at the front, diameter 320 mm, four-piston -Fixed calipers, rear disc brake, Ø 267 mm, double-piston floating caliper.
Cast aluminum wheels 3.50 x 17, 6.00 x 17
Tires 120/70 ZR 17; 190/50 ZR 17
Tires in the Metzeler ME Z4 test,
front and back “J”
Dimensions and weights: wheelbase 1525 mm, steering head angle 65 degrees, caster 103 mm, spring travel f / h 120/117 mm, permissible total weight 461 kg, tank capacity / reserve 15/3 liters.
Service intervals every 10000 km
Oil change with filter every 10000 km / 4.1l
Engine oil SAE 20 W 40
Telescopic fork oil SAE 5
Spark plugs NGK DPR7EA-9
Idle speed 900 ± 50 / min
Tire pressure solo (with pillion passenger)
front / rear 2.5 / 2.9 (2.5 / 2.9) bar
Two year guarantee
Colors dark purple, silver
Price including additional costs 13,295 euros
At top speed, the undisguised MT-01 inevitably gets stuck in midfield, but impresses with good pulling power. Top marks are given for a first-class starting behavior. The finely adjustable, hydraulically operated clutch requires a strong hand, which is penalized with three points.
The circuit is loud; sometimes second gear doesn’t lock.
The Yamaha collects strong points for its high level of driving stability with a pillion passenger. Curious because it only offers a passenger jump seat. With the suspension set-up solo, it loses due to lack of comfort, but reconciles with good handiness.
No problems with kickback or shimmy, there are 18 points. The stylish braking system is able to cope with the heavy weight, only with a load or after repeated emergency braking can be felt a slight fading. Good inclination freedom on the road and a very low set-up moment not only guarantee safety, but also increase the joy of cheeky cornering.
Scoring: everyday life
The equipment with immobilizer and complete cockpit is neat. But the ease of maintenance leaves a lot to be desired. Overall, the MT-01 tends to be in the midfield in terms of everyday suitability.
Comfortable seating position for the driver who is only a little annoyed by the tank pads. Substantial deductions for the pillion jump seat. The rumbling vibrations are hardly annoying, and a little wind protection couldn’t hurt.
Scoring: costs / environment
Neatly finished and painted surfaces as well as high-quality parts give the Yamaha 16 points
in the processing quality chapter. Tax and tire wear
do they add up to high maintenance costs? contrary to the “greed is cool” trend. And for two years
Guarantee is a meager 15 points.
Who would have thought the Yamaha-
Engineers forge this monster into such a nimble riding iron? The weight is concealed by a skilfully balanced chassis and the not exactly lush top performance is compensated for by a grandiose torque performance. The bare one
Mechanics are convincing of the value of the precious metal, which costs 13,295 euros.
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