Yamaha MT-09 Ténéré Concept by Oberdan Bezzi

02/19/2014 @ 5:47 pm, by Jensen Beeler20 COMMENTS

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The Yamaha FZ-09, or the Yamaha MT-09 as it’s known outside of the USA, has become a big win for the tuning fork brand. A fun three-cylinder machine that has enough pep to carve up the canyons, yet also has a relaxed enough riding position to handle commuting duties, the Yamaha FZ-09 really wins our hearts and minds with its dirt-cheap price tag of $7,990 MSRP.

We’re not alone in our opinion, as the MT-09 has done so well in the global market, that Yamaha built off the buzz and released its two-cylinder cousin: the Yamaha MT-07.

If the Japanese OEM truly is eyeing more three-cylinder machines, we are excited for the prospect. Oberdan Bezzi is excited too, as the Italian designer has imagined his own interpretation of what Yamaha could do with the MT-09 line.

Envisioning a smaller displacement version of the Yamaha Super Ténéré, Bezzi sees Yamaha tapping the MT-09 chassis and engine to make a solid 847cc three-cylinder adventure-tourer. Smaller and lighter, such a design would be a great middleweight addition for the Yamaha line.

We’ve seen a lot of intriguing, yet fanciful, designs from Obiboi before, but this has to be the most practical concept to come from the Italian designer. Hopefully Yamaha is paying attention, they would do well to consider the prospect of an MT-09 base ADV bike.

Source: Obderdan Bezzi

Comment:

  1. Paul McM says:

    First things first. FIX the Throttle!!!!!!!! I rode the MT-09 at Long Beach. The motor is stupendous — spins like a 750, but has torque like a liter-bike. But… the throttle response in A mode and Standard mode is completely terrible — as in “unridable and dangerous” terrible. And even in B mode it is bad — bad as any FI bike ever built. I rode with a group, tasked with maintaining position in a “convoy” on a highway, and then city boulevards. It was absurdly difficult to just maintain position relative to another bike. When you even slightly rolled off the throttle it felt like you had no gas at all. I have read (but don’t know if this is true), that the MT-09 actually uses a separate fuel injection cut-off circuit to meet emissions. If so, a simple mapping change (with power commander) won’t necessarily fix this bike. It’s a shame. I loved the motor, and the machine is a wheelie monster in A mode. But with the throttle I experienced I consider this bike fatally flawed.

  2. paulus says:

    I guess it will depend upon how many unsold XT660z Tenere’s there are in Yamaha stock.

  3. Marc F says:

    I’d prefer one built on the MT-07 twin, but yes please I’ll take either one over the ridiculous Super even at the same price

    Super Tenere: 587lbs wet, $13,900
    MT-09: 414lbs wet, $7,990
    MT-07: 395lbs wet, ??? but less than $7,990

    Why the shit does long travel suspension weigh almost 200lbs and cost $6,000 at Yamaha, especially when it includes lopping off a cylinder?

    Please please, can someone build a reasonable offroadable, tourable actual adventure bike that fits in the giant chasm between a KLR and a GS?

  4. Kaw4Life says:

    USA ?

  5. 2ndclass says:

    @Marc F,

    Wouldn’t the Triumph Tiger 800XC fit that bill?

  6. Vulture says:

    Triumph Tiger 800XC does it all and better style.

  7. Marc F says:

    @2ndclass, Tiger is still bigger and more precious than what I have in mind. Especially with the idiotic fixed passenger pegs and subframe, it’s a bike I would not ever want to drop off road – one 0mph fall on the peg and the frame is done. The NC700X and Versys (and wee strom) are closer to what I’m looking for. A version built on the MT-07 for actual offroad would be ideal… a 2-cylinder, reliable Adventure 640. Just enough power and cylinders to cruise smoothly and happily at 80 loaded up; no more weight, width and expense than necessary.

  8. Norm G. says:

    re: “Please please, can someone build a reasonable offroadable, tourable actual adventure bike that fits in the giant chasm between a KLR and a GS?”

    see entry for Suzuki V-strom 1000. beak lovers, your ship has come in.

  9. DeezO says:

    @Paul-

    Throttle’s already been fixed by Stoltec Moto. They’ll reflash the ECU to remove the fuel cut, the speed limiter, timing retard, and make the throttle maps more predictable. The result is that B Mode is basically useless now that STD mode is so smooth.

  10. Gutterslob says:

    RE: “…as the MT-09 has done so well in the global market”

    Any link to worldwide sales figures?

  11. AK says:

    I will consider tradding in tiger roadie for more power :)

  12. teanau says:

    Marc F, I’m pretty sure what you seek will come out of india. I havent seen any efforts to bring anything fitting the bill to the american market. I cant find a replacement for my husky 610.

  13. mxs says:

    The bike has barely sold anywhere yet, but A&R knows it has done well world wide????

    I don’t think there’s many people who would dislike MT-09, but there’s a huge difference between like and actually pay for it.

    I let you on a secret the MT-07 will sell even better …. it’s lighter and less expensive with enough power to excite most people. But you will have to move to Europe to ride it … LOL

  14. Ian Pinner says:

    An MT – 09 Tenere styled bike would certainly go down well in Europe. This is assuming that the throttle “problem” has been sorted, of course!

    Provided that it had good pillion accommodating, a decent sized fuel tank – at least 20 litres – and sold for around the £8K/€9,500 mark it would find a lot of buyers!

  15. Michael says:

    Just what we don’t need, another overweight monster poser “adventure” touring bike that will be bought by thousands of fat, middle-aged, used to be fast, touring guys who want to re-live their youth by pretending they are going to ride offroad like a rally rider; when in reality the bike will be lucky if it seems a dirt road. But hey, you can pretend you are as cool as your richer, bigger poser friends who can afford the overpriced and useless BMW GS series bikes.

  16. steve says:

    I like long travel suspended bikes for urban commuting. That thing would be perfect for me as the ergos on the 09 are a bit tight. This style of bike is awesome as there are so many applications for it. Even jaded cynical bastards like them once they get over themselves.

  17. Matt says:

    Marc F – “A version built on the MT-07 for actual offroad would be ideal… a 2-cylinder, reliable Adventure 640. Just enough power and cylinders to cruise smoothly and happily at 80 loaded up; no more weight, width and expense than necessary.”

    +100, amen, halleluiah, ditto

  18. ben says:

    Yamaha:
    DO NOT DE-TUNE THE MOTOR. at all. in any way.
    that, and try not to gain much weight.’
    do these two things and I will absolutely RUN to the dealer to buy one

  19. Frans says:

    I want one !!