- Created: Thursday, 08 November 2012 15:13
The MT-01 is a motorcycle made by Yamaha since 2005, available in Australia, Europe, India, Japan and North America. It has unusual features with a cruiser-style 1,670 cc (102 cu in) air-cooled, overhead valve V-twin engine but sportbike or naked bike style frame and suspension. The engine is derived from the Yamaha Warrior XV1700 and modified to suit application in the MT-01, while the forks and brakes are derived from the 2004 to 2005 Yamaha R1.
Originally unveiled as a concept motorcycle at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show, strong public interest in the machine led Yamaha to develop a production model, which was released in 2005.
For the 2009 model year, Yamaha released a SP (special production) version of the MT-01, upgraded with Öhlins suspension, Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires and specific color scheme of red and white paint with a black and red seat. Thus, the new strut has its own damper reservoir. In addition to the strut and the 43 mm thick Ohlins upside-down fork is designed for sporty driving. This is supported by the Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires and a new reinforced to 28.6 mm, tapered handlebars with a milled aluminum Lenkerklemmungen. Only about 10 SP models were sold per country.
Not really a special model, because these accessories panels were freely sold or grown by merchants. Although the MT-0S concept is based on the fundamental values of the MT philosophy, but is a more sports-oriented interpretation with new ideas. Yamaha's engineers looked at how you could give the standard MT in a more speed-oriented direction without changing its basic character, which reads to combine torque with minimal mechanical appearance. To achieve this goal, some fundamental changes were made to the attachments. The MT-0S got a half cowling for better wind protection. The optical result was not enthusiastically received by all MT-01 fans.