By using an ingenious platform-sharing strategy to expand its MT lineup, Yamaha has left its competitors dazed and confused.
The so-called ‘hyper
The success of these two middleweights was phenomenal, triggering the birth of more MTs of varying engine displacements: the MT-10, considered the leader of the pack with its powerful 998cc in-line four
The 2019 Yamaha MT-15, which will sell for P159,000, is set to be launched at the Inside Racing Bike Festival on March 22, 2019, along with the new MT-09 and another exciting model that Yamaha PH is still refusing to divulge. Of the three upcoming MTs, only the MT-09 can already be seen in the metal at the YZone showroom in Greenfield District, Mandaluyong City. Let’s focus on the MT-09 for now since it’s still the undisputed bestseller of Yamaha PH in the
Still riding on the model line’s ‘The Dark Side of Japan’ slogan, the designers of the latest MT series came up with a striking new color scheme called Ice Fluo. “Consisting of super cool gray body color contrasted by fluorescent red wheels and a black engine, frame, forks, and headlamp, the new sexy paint job in the MT family underlines the assertive character of Yamaha’s naked bikes. It also creates an instantly recognizable look that strengthens the strong family feeling amongst MT owners,” reads the official spiel.
The term ‘fluorescent red’ distinguishes the MT’s exclusive wheel color from the signature orange paint job those naked motorbikes from Austria are known for.
The other new colors for the 2019 MT lineup are the stealthy Tech Black and the classic Team Yamaha Blue. If not for the difference in engine size, the new variants of the MT-09 and the MT-15 look very much identical when wearing the same color scheme.
Now that we’ve tackled the new colors, let’s zero in on the standard features of the 2019 MT-09. Did we say ‘zero’? Yeah, sorry to say that like the rest of its hyper naked siblings, it has no new features to speak of.
The standard amenities found in the 2019 MT-09 are hand-me-downs from the previous model: three-position D-mode function, adjustable traction control, a fully adjustable fork, a two-way adjustable laydown
Given these points, do you think the 2019 Yamaha MT-09 is still the best naked for P569,000?