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Yamaha MT-DM 850 Concept by Luca Bar Design

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By now you have surely seen the 2014 Yamaha FZ-09 naked/standard/street bike from our favorite tuning fork brand. Featuring a 847cc three-cylinder engine that makes 113hp and 65 lbs•ft of torque, all within a 414 lbs curbside hulk, the FZ-09 has a lot of things going for it, not the least of which is the bike’s $7,999 price tag.

Like we said in our first assessment of the Yamaha FZ-09, Yamaha has really hit the nail on the head with a solid middleweight street bike, save for a few design elements that look a bit off to our eyes. We aren’t too worried about it though — an aftermarket exhaust here, a couple cosmetic tweaks there, and just about any motorcyclists can stamp the FZ-09 with their own unique look.

The first of many triples to come from Yamaha, it is easy (perhaps too easy, reading some of the comments left here on A&R) to put the Yamaha FZ-09 into other market segments.







With some longer suspension and armor, an adventure bike could be born from the FZ-09. Just as easily, put some saddlebags, a taller windscreen, and change the ergonomics a tad, and a sport-tourer you have…and that’s exactly what Luca Bar has done here with his Yamaha MT-DM 850 concept.

Taking a page from the Yamaha TDM 850, Luca has built a concept that recreates the parallel-twin tourer with Yamaha’s new three-cylinder street bike. While Yamaha hasn’t declared that the FZ-09 could be the basis for other models, we wouldn’t be surprised to see the 847cc triple find its way into other models. Are a new TDM and Téréré in the cards? Only time can tell.

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Source: Luca Bar (blog)







Jensen Beeler

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