Yamaha MT-DM 850 Concept by Luca Bar Design

06/18/2013 @ 5:09 pm, by Jensen Beeler19 COMMENTS


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.




Source: Luca Bar (blog)

  • Starmag

    I’m sure this bike would be fun as a sport tourer. Let’s hope Yamaha studies the Bmw r1200r bags and mounts if they offer them for this because the BMW’s mounts can’t be seen when the bags are not on the bike and the bags themselves come on and off easily. I’m not that wild abut the fairing looks-wise but it does cover the designed-to-attract-13yr-olds fake scoops and it doesn’t cover the engine. I personally prefer something like a Plexifairng which has better coverage than anything but the biggest touring fairings, weighs 6LBs and can be taken ion and off in under 2 mins. True, they are also not that attractive either, but I only have it on when i need it, cold, rain, freeway etc. Full fairings are too hot to ride behind in summer in Florida and aren’t needed under 50 MPH where I do most of my riding. I’m suprised manufacturers don’t offer something like this from the factory as an optional accessory along with optional bags. As far as upright sporty roadsters with hidden bag mounts go, the only bike is the R1200R and I’m not a fan of it’s engine or styling.

  • Sentinel

    Do want! :o

  • froryde

    That would be a good use of the MT/FZ-09 platform!

  • hipsabad

    This design just makes the bike look less distinctive; more drab and not as attractive. Why bother with the extra grey plastic at the front? And lose the fairing/windshield: all the bikes I’ve ridden with them just create noise and buffeting; I’ll take clean air over that. And there’s nothing attractive about the cheap-looking wide ass you get with hard bags. Good quality bags like Giant Loop’s are one way to go so that you don’t get caught out like this dude:

  • Gritboy

    Love this concept bikes by artists; sure wish more made it into production.

  • Norm G.

    SOLD AMERICAN…!!! cut, print, check the tape. :)

  • Dawg

    I have owned two TDM 900s. They were two of the best bikes I have ever had, covering 50,000 miles between them with only a blown headlight bulb to worry about. As well as being ultra reliable they are superb all round bikes – very comfortable, well built and so easy to ride, with good handling and smooth power.

    I have been waiting for an update for a few years, as all the TDM really needs, is a tad more power. This triple TDM would be ideal – whip the boxes off and you have a real scratcher.

    These concepts look spot on. All I would suggest is to drop the TDM name as it has always been wrongly nicknamed Tedium here in England, and a new name would revitalise the bike. Maybe TDR9 would be better, as the TDR was the original production supermoto.

  • I’m sure there’s another manufacturer that specialises in triples. Begins with a T! So can Yamaha make a range that has something faster than the Daytona, more fun than the Street Triple, more of a hooligan than the Speed Triple, goes further, faster, more off road, than the 800/Explorer/Trophy and so on. Or maybe they should compete with Ducati/MV How about a 3 cyl Hypermotard or Multistrada?

    You kind of know that they’ll bottle out. And what we get will cheap and good value but a bit bland and a bit sh*t. It’s puzzling that the Japanese have never worked out how to produce properly exciting motorcycles outside of their pure sportsbikes.

  • Dawg

    I have just converted the Dollar price for the MT 09 into sterling!!!! That is so cheap. Lets hope the suspension isn’t too budget because the specs are looking like this is going to be an amazingly capable bike.

  • Emptybee

    Looks like a Triumph Tiger 1050,

  • KittyLitterKid

    Dawg, I wouldn’t get to excited about a usd to gbp conversion.

    New bikes in the UK are generally pricier than our good friends over the pond have to shell out.
    At the moment based on RRP’s, a Yam FZ8 would cost you $8890 (that’s £5675) in the States.
    Whereas they RRP at £6999 here in Blighty, which is $10,963!
    So I wouldn’t be surprized if Yam UK don’t just change the dollar sign for a pound sign for the UK RRP. It will sit at least £6999 as that’s the RRP of the FZ8.

    It’s not just the Japanese Manufacturers either, in the UK a 2013 Triumph Street Triple RRP’s at £6999 ($11,276).
    A stark difference to the US RRP of $8799 (£5626), and that’s from a UK Manufacturer.
    * I’m pretty sure the street trip is still made in Hinckley, UK.(?)

  • Dawg

    Hi KittyLitterKid

    I was expecting the UK price to be around £7k, which is still a good price for Blighty. I was just surprised how cheap this bike is likely to be in the states.

    At least in the UK we don’t pay as much as in parts of Europe!

  • Don’t forget that UK prices are typically quoted as on-the-road, all-in prices including VAT at 20% but without any dealer discounting. And it’s pretty rare to pay full list price unless you’re trying to get finance. Whereas US prices are before the extras and any state taxes.

    Conversely, the manufacturers also charge what the market will bear. And UK mature motorcyclists will pay more than their equivalent in the US.

  • Damo

    They forgot to move the pillion foot pegs to and actual usable position.

  • Paul McM

    Clever work, but the ugly headlight basket, strange gray side panels, and useless pillion still ruin it. You know something is wrong with a bike’s aesthetics if people are photo-shopping away the flaws before it has even hit the showrooms.

    Maybe, in a parallel universe, Yamaha can make a bike as handsome, comfortable, ergonomic, and versatile as my nearly 30-year-old FJ1100 from 1984. Huge torque, 47 mph on the highway. It had one of the best 1/4 fairings ever put on a sport tourer — not too big, not too small. No turbulence, no excessive wind noise (unlike many modern bikes). Yamaha — please just make this bike again, but with the lighter 3-cylinder engine, belt drive, Fuel injection and modern lighting and stoppers. (The FJR is too big and heavy). Notice the FJ1100 actually had CURVES and doesn’t look like a basket of assorted parts cobbled together.

    FJ1100 1984: http://img716.imageshack.us/img716/1172/yamahafj1100d.jpg

  • para

    Putting the engine into a new Tenere is fine by me. Put for gods sake leave the rest of the stuff off that bike. We dont need another fake dual sport, especially since it would be an utter disgrace to the Tenere-name.

    This design here would indeed make a nice replacement for the TDM850, which, while being a very practical day-to-day bike, is also arguably one of the ugliest creations around.

  • Singletrack

    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I agree, the current trend of odd shaped bits all lumped together on a stubby frame ain’t beauty.
    I’m partial to the ThunderAce/Cat generation of Yamaha sport bikes, but I wouldn’t want Yamaha to go all retro. I just hope that some new design trends come out in the next few years when the Sport Touring version of this bike will be released. Or maybe the aftermarket could come up with a cool 1/2 fairing for the naked version….

  • idjdalsin

    Nice!!! A real do-it-all bike: commuting, weekend touring or back road scratching in a lightweight, powerful and affordable package – sign me up.

  • Sandro R.

    I like it.