Yamaha MT-09 in the 50,000 km endurance test

Yamaha MT-09 in the 50,000 km endurance test
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Yamaha MT-09 in the 50,000 km endurance test

Yamaha MT-09 in the 50,000 km endurance test

Yamaha MT-09 in the 50,000 km endurance test

Yamaha MT-09 in the 50,000 km endurance test

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First of all: In the driver’s favor, the engine is ahead. With the chassis, however, there is still a lot of room for improvement.

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Phenomenal: The engine should be awarded a medal.

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Aiming high: the long-term test MT also saw many passes from above.

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Early bird catches the worm: here in the Italian Alps.

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No memory function: The standard mode is available again after each start.

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Function follows form: the airy rear does not protect the driver from splashing water when it rains.

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The Yamaha envoys Karlheinz Vetter (right) and Ralf Keller (2nd from right) are happy about the good condition of their pupils.

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…exchanged for an improved copy without a damping spring.

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As part of a recall, the MT-09 got a new ABS control unit at 3833 kilometers.

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The exhaust valve seats were widened slightly, but the combustion chambers were still tight.

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Hardly any deposits on combustion chambers and valve disks.

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…as well as the upper connecting rod eye of the middle cylinder.

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…on the dimensionally accurate main bearings and the piston pin…

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Clearly visible, but uncritical tracks…

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The clutch basket and plates were replaced shortly before the end, which improved shiftability and noise development.

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The honing marks can still be seen on the raceways.

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Pistons and cylinders look as if they have been peeled from an egg, scoring or deposits are non-existent.

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Autumn trip 2014, a loose steering head nut makes a short stop necessary.

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Backpack and practical Yamaha softbags, the MT is ready for the weekend trip.

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The seating comfort was definitely sufficient for short transports or jaunts.

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What, really, already 50,000 kilometers around? The oil pump still looks dewy after this distance.

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During the 30,000 inspection, the timing chain tensioner was checked because of a light ticking…

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Recall: headlight cable; In the worst case, a connection cable to the headlight that was too short could have led to a light failure.

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Tire recommendation: Bridgestone S20 “M”. Bridgestone S20 “M”
The driving behavior over the entire lean angle is not entirely neutral. At first it is easy to turn in, then the Yamaha MT-09 looks wobbly. The hard-wearing S20 is not exceptionally handy, but it also has no shimmy. In wet conditions, the original equipment tire impresses with good grip with proper feedback.

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Tire recommendation: Continental Road Attack 2 Evo. Continental Road Attack 2 Evo
Agile, handy, precise steering – the Road Attack 2 covers a wide area for country roads. It provides enough grip until the footpegs touch the Yamaha MT-09, and already has good feedback when it is cold. Unfortunately, it is very hard wearing. Wet grip is okay, even if Michelin, Bridgestone and Pirelli do better here.

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Tire recommendation: Dunlop Sportsmart 2. Dunlop Sportsmart 2
The very sporty tire takes longer to get up to temperature, but then adheres properly. It acts more neutrally than the S20, but has a greater set-up moment. The wet grip is only average and worse than the S20. Advantages such as high stability and grip in an inclined position are already limited by the early notches on the Yamaha MT-09.

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Tire recommendation: Metzeler M7RR. Metzeler M7RR
The M7RR develops good feedback faster than the Dunlop. The Metzeler shines with its handiness and steers very precisely. The wobbly turning behavior of the Yamaha MT-09 is far less than with the standard tires. Slight erection moment when braking in an inclined position. On the other hand, the wet grip is only average and is behind the S20 and Sportsmart 2.

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Tire recommendation: Michelin Pilot Road 4. Michelin Pilot Road 4
As with the Conti, handiness and steering precision are very good, and the feedback is even better. Even if the notches of the Yamaha MT-09 rub, the tire grip limit has not been reached. Its grip in wet conditions is outstanding, and the Michelin also impresses when it comes to wear. However, the nimble steering behavior noticeably decreases after half the mileage.

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Touring screen
In contrast to the racing screen, the mounted spoiler, which can be adjusted in seven positions, reduces turbulence. The MRA touring screen, which costs 139.95 euros, is a real tip for all long-distance drivers. It is available in two tints and can be easily installed. People up to 1.85 meters were satisfied, larger ones complained about turbulence.

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Racing screen
Also from MRA, the 380 mm long windshield of the Yamaha MT-09 should give it a sporty character. Whatever she does. Although it noticeably relieves the upper body, it produces strong air turbulence from 80 km / h, which is particularly uncomfortable in the helmet area. The lens, available in three colors, costs 95.90 euros.

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LSL crash pad
A good idea from the specialist LSL from Krefeld: The crash pads for the Yamaha MT-09 are mounted with a two-part retaining plate. The parts are available individually. In the event of a crash, only the necessary component has to be replaced. The fun costs 109.95 euros and can also be grown by people with two left hands.

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Yamaha softbag
The in-house system is not bad: both softbags can be expanded from 14 to 21 liters volume each via a zipper. It can be attached and removed in less than a minute. Costs: 199.95 euros (bags) plus 109.95 (holder). Rain covers are included. The only downer: the zippers get hooked when exposed to dirt.

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Wilbers strut
The type 641 shock absorber (699 euros) was adjusted by the factory for a rider weight of 80 kg. However, this basic setting turned out to be too tight in everyday use among various drivers. Even with fully open compression and rebound, both response and damping were not optimal, but still better than the completely underdamped series part of the Yamaha MT-09.

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YSS shock absorber
Inexpensive alternative: The 589 euro MX 506 330 TRCL from YSS made a good impression in the endurance test of the Yamaha MT-09, it responded better than the Wilbers damper in the standard setting (70 to 90 kg driver). However, the Yamaha softbags (above) can only be attached with a few tricks because of the expansion tank (spacer sleeves, longer screws).

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The bench question
Some drivers complained of a lack of comfort. For this reason, the Yamaha comfort seat (289.95 euros) was tried out first. The result is sobering: The seating comfort is no better here than with the series counterpart. Only the seat of the Yamaha MT-09 Street Rally model (225 euros) noticeably improved seating comfort. However, the seat height increases by 25 mm.

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IXIL SX1: In the homologated version with StVO-compliant db-eater, the complete stainless steel system unfortunately only delivers a poor result and, apart from the changed sound (very moderate whistling-hissing), remains far behind the performance of the standard system.

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Akrapovic Racing Line: The Akrapovic complete system made of titanium with Kat (1287 euros) does not deliver more power in any area than the standard system of the MT-09, but sounds more eerie without being intrusive and is more valuable and more beautiful than the “bread box”.

Yamaha MT-09 in the 50,000 km endurance test

Peculiar, but very popular

The MT-09 is Yamaha’s first in-line three-cylinder since the XS models. And it was a direct hit. The Yamaha MT-09 has now covered over 50,000 kilometers in an endurance test. We take stock.

There are probably only a few machines with so much curiosity and great expectations in the long-term test fleet as this Yamaha MT-09. After the first, sometimes euphoric, tests, her three-cylinder already enjoyed the reputation of being a great success when she started work in October 2013: pressure in all situations, creamy revving. “Your engine is a dream come true for the country road”, enthused colleague Roman Kirschbauer in the first test and summed up: “A hell of a motorcycle for the money.” A clear case, something like that has to be put through the endurance test. The Yamaha MT-09 competed with an almost virgin 520 kilometers. And Roman immediately made the first entry in the logbook: “Dear MT-09, I’m very happy that you are here,” he noted, probably on behalf of many others.

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Yamaha MT-09 in the 50,000 km endurance test

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As part of a recall, the MT-09 received a new ABS control unit when it reached 3,833 kilometers.

Apart from that, the Yamaha MT-09 showed itself from the pleasantly robust side for a completely new design. Failures up to the endurance test interim balance at mileage 32,615: zero. Which doesn’t mean that she didn’t have to go to the workshop after all. Right at the beginning of the endurance test, the ABS control unit was replaced as part of a recall. Another involved replacing the headlight cable after around 23,000 km.

In addition to absolute reliability, it was rather small things in daily use that made the Yamaha MT-09 stand out in everyday life. Sometimes the flasher button remained without function. Then the extremely inadequate splash protection when driving in the rain and the leaky seams of the bench seat were criticized, which after a rainy night in the open air made for a humid and happy first sitting up in the morning.


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Autumn trip 2014, a loose steering head nut makes a short stop necessary.

Until then, the Yamaha MT-09 had been able to set a highlight with its beguiling power output, but no more. There was criticism, for example, for the not very neutral, wobbly steering behavior. Which could be mitigated a little with the right choice of tires. When it came to tire recommendations, for example, the Yamaha MT-09 rushed around corners with more neutrality with Continental Road Attack2 Evo or Michelin Pilot Road 4. Whereby not only the steering behavior, but also the soft suspension setup caused critical logbook entries. Things that can also be found in most letters to the editor. In addition, as the test duration increased, there were complaints about the jerky gearbox and the poorly metered clutch. In combination with the hard throttle response in city traffic, a pretty annoying combination.

Therefore, the Yamaha MT-09 got a new engine mapping as part of the 30,000 km inspection, which calmed the throttle response, at least for the time being. On the occasion, the workshop implanted a newer version of the chain tensioner, which eliminated the previously complained ticker noises from the engine.

Moderate inspection costs


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No surprises in the workshop.

Speaking of inspections: the Yamaha MT-09 has to go to the workshop every 10,000 km. The costs for the first and third inspection were pleasingly moderate at around 200 euros each. The 20,000 servicing cost a lot more at 574 euros. However, if you subtract the included chain set (254 euros with assembly), the costs are well within reasonable limits at around 320 euros. Only the fourth inspection was more expensive. After all, at 40,000 km, the valve clearance is checked and the air filter is replaced for the first time. Without the renewed exchange of the chain set due at this point in time, just under 650 euros would be due.

At this point in time, the acoustic and mechanical expressions of life of the three-cylinder were less moderate. Among other things, the author complained about a howling sixth gear. A phenomenon that was also found occasionally in letters to the readers. In addition, the throttle response had meanwhile found its way back to its old hardness. “Miserable cold driving behavior, bad throttle response, and the transmission doesn’t get any better”, FUEL front man Rolf Henniges let his displeasure with the Yamaha MT-09 run free in the endurance test.


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Hardly any deposits on combustion chambers and valve disks.

In terms of vibrations and grinding noises, the clutch came into focus. Due to possibly worn damper elements, the cage was replaced at 46,533 kilometers and the lamellar pack was replaced due to the blue steel discs. The basket on guarantee, the clutch discs on account. From then on, the mechanical smoothness of the three-cylinder was much better, and there were no entries due to the jammed gearbox or a jerky, poorly metered clutch on the last 3500 kilometers of the 50,000-kilometer endurance test of the Yamaha MT-09.

It had only taken her a little more than two years to unwind the 50,000 kilometers. Despite the many reviews of the manners of the engine and chassis. She has something, this Yamaha MT-09 and her three-cylinder. In spite of the hard bench and manageable luggage transport options, which did not exactly make them a long-distance burner. The MT-09 was a popular companion and was always on the move. Ultimately, a good portion of fun must have always been there when driving.

Surprise put to the test

However, the skeptics were already wondering whether the mechanics had really come over the distance without damage. And were seriously surprised by the final performance measurement. The Yamaha MT-09 was almost a bit better in the feed than at the beginning of the endurance test.

The usual compression measurement at the end of the distance also seemed to say: “Everything is okay, folks, no fuss.” Yes, but the vibrations? The unsteady gearbox and the hard throttle response? Surely all this must have left traces inside? So get down to business, get the engine out of the frame, disassemble, clean and measure the individual parts. Neatly lined up, the innards of the Yamaha MT-09 gave a completely different picture: namely a construction that was solid to the ground.

Piston and cylinder: true to size and without grooves. The honing marks can still be seen in the liners. Both camshafts: without any noticeable wear. The main and connecting rod bearings are within the installation tolerance. Only slight pressure marks on one main bearing result in a somewhat uneven contact pattern. However, since Yamaha does not specify any wear dimensions and all bearings are within the installation dimensions, they are considered true to size and are therefore okay.

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The MT-09 is frugal in terms of maintenance.

Also the oil pump without any findings. The transmission: perfect, no abnormalities in sixth gear. The same applies to the shift drum and shift forks, the awkward gear changes seemed to be due to the hard-working clutch. Only the piston pin and eye of the middle cylinder show – harmless – tracks. The pistons themselves, however: perfect. The seats of the exhaust valves are slightly widened and show signs of fire. The valves, on the other hand, have practically no deposits, and the oil consumption of the Yamaha MT-09 was negligible over the test distance. The pressure loss test then showed no significant pressure loss, all valves practically tight, freshly grinded in once, reassembled and continued. So the conclusion to the engine. An excellent result for a completely redesigned unit.

Despite two winters, the chassis was also in good condition with the exception of a slight play at the deflection. What cannot be said about the bag carrier from our own range of accessories with unsightly traces of rust on the retaining plates and screw connections. Because the Yamaha MT-09 is ultimately quite frugal to maintain and with 8.3 cents / kilometer (without gasoline, without loss of value) is not too difficult for its owner, Yamaha has meanwhile significantly refined the throttle response, there is a progression Success story actually nothing in the way.

Operating costs over 50,000 kilometers

12 liters of oil at 15.39 euros 184.68 euros
3 oil filters at 11.18 euros 33.54 euros
1 air filter at 24.02 euros 24.02 euros
6 spark plugs at 13.00 euros 78.00 euros
1 set of rear brake pads at 32.85 euros 32.85 euros
2 sets of front brake pads at 42.11 euros each 84.22 euros
1 clutch cable 30.41 euros
1 set of clutch linings 230.25 euros
2 sets of chains 341.55 euros
brake fluid 7.19 euros
Small parts, lubricants 88.10 euros
Seals 65.83 euros
Inspections and repairs 1106.31 euros
Tires (including assembly, balancing and disposal) 1858.00 euros
fuel 3671.31 euros
total cost 7836.26 euros
acquisition cost 8,295.00 euros
Depreciation 3845.00 euros
Estimated Price (Dealer Selling Price) 4450.00 euros
Cost per kilometer (without depreciation) 15.7 cents
Cost per kilometer (with depreciation) 23.4 cents

Maintenance and repairs

mileage
ABS control unit exchanged (callback) 3833
Front and rear tires renewed, Bridgestone S 20 10,468
Headlight flasher malfunction 16,157
Front and rear tires renewed, Dunlop Roadsmart 2 19,056
Chain set renewed 21.303
Headlight cable (Recall) 22,954
Front and rear tires renewed, Michelin Pilot Road 4 25,034
Clutch cable renewed 25,415
Timing chain tensioner renewed (guarantee), new mapping installed 29,756
Front brake pads renewed 30,530
Front and rear tires renewed, Pirelli Angel GT 35,344
Clutch cable, Chain set and rear brake pads renewed 40,810
Front and rear tires renewed, Bridgestone BT 020 44,769
coupling exchanged 46,533

Offers used Yamaha MT-09 in Germany


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In terms of price, used Yamaha MT-09s are very attractive.

Yamaha’s three-cylinder is a real success for the Japanese, which the used market is feeling positively. The selection of used Yamaha MT-09s is large and many copies are already equipped with plenty of accessories. In terms of price, used cars are very attractive, which almost makes them a bargain. Here is an overview of used Yamaha MT-09 in Germany: used Yamaha MT-09 in Germany.

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