The launch of the Yamaha MT01 in India was inspired when Government permitted exports of bikes above 800 cc. The bike has a potential of generating massive torque and is one of the biggest engines to have been released so far. There is always an air of excitement to test and feel a bike and moreover the launch dates make us even more nervous.
Currently, Team Yamaha enjoys huge success in the MotoGP racing segment with Lorenzo and previously with Valentino Rossi for many seasons. Massive torque on highway speed thrills with full throttle release is a cool experience. Frankly, the wait is worth enough. It portrays the look of a beast, a cruiser in an angle and a real speed tripper. Yamaha have always come up with answers and this time answered their critics well.
The design of the bike is a stepping stone for bikes of the future. The bike is definitely big, but is narrow enough to ease through traffic. An interesting design would be the huge exhausts that extend all the way up to the rear end of the seat. The headlights are not traditional, but instead look like skulls that remind me of the Harley Choppers in a Nicolas Cage movie. A set of 12 riders owning this bike in a small town is something that comes to mind. The multi-reflector 51/55 watt headlight is very powerful, and the dashboard sports a catchy 3D analogue tachometer.
The radial tyres are tubeless and have four spoke lightweight mag wheels along with a colourful digital speedometer and disc brakes. Other features include 43 mm inverted forks, radial-mounted callipers, low-slung rear shocks and aluminium chassis with a truss swing arm.
The Yamaha MT01 in India is powered by a V-twin 1670cc engine with air-cooling technology, so one can expect massive torque. The power generated by the engine is 66.3 kw, 90 bhp at 4750 rpm. Maximum output is achieved with the tall ratio gearbox. Digital fuel injection system is used, and it employs TCI ignition. Strong front and rear suspensions make speed trips easier. I suspect the bike is a bit rusty when going slow, but once the throttle is opened up things seem to normalize.
Transmission is constant mesh six-speed gears, and it has wet multiple disc clutch. The bike sports Ohlin front and rear suspensions with the Ohlin forks specifically designed for hassle free riding coupled with adequate spring and damping settings on the suspension to get a complete grip on the surface. Braking system consists of 310 mm dual disc brakes for front and 267 mm single disc rear brake.
Top speed of the bike can be expected to be around 190 km per hr. Overall weight of the bike is 243 kg. Ground clearance is 145 m. Fuel tank limit is 15 litres. Wheelbase is around 1525 mm. The engine performance is optimal as it sounds and expecting 11.5 km to 18.2 km per litre is not that bad!
With a big engine the MT01 boasts of, there is no surprise to expect a loud screech and massive torque on a full throttle speed thrill . Power and agility makes overtaking easier than in other bikes. One can experience the performance level of the V-twin 1670 cc engine. If you are a racing buff that has previous experience in racing, then handling the Yamaha MT01 in India would be a bit easy as riders usually struggle to keep up initially, but once on clear wide roads, the experience is altogether different.
The Yamaha MT01 price in India is Rs. 10,50,000.
The Yamaha MT01 in India comes in three colours namely red, white and midnight black.
The price is a bit high, but it all depends on what we really want right ? It definitely gives us an opportunity to see what a humongous engine really sounds like. Fuel efficiency is debatable, but is of less concern if a race enthusiast would further want to explore, I would not say monsters, but look-alikes of a future breed of innovative engines that make a lot of sound.
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- Engine type: Air-cooled, 4-stroke, V-twin, OHV, 4 valves per cylinder.
- Displacement: 1,670 cc.
- Maximum power: 66.3 kW (90 PS) @ 4,750 rpm.
- Maximum torque: 150.3 Nm (15.3 kg-m) @ 3,750 rpm.
- Starting system: Electric.
- Ignition system: TCI.
- Transmission type: Constant mesh, 5-speed.
- Front brake: Dual discs 310 mm.
- Rear brake: Single disc 267 mm.
- Front tyre: 120/70 ZR17 M/C (58W).
- Rear tyre: 190/50 ZR17 M/C (73W).
- Dry weight: 243 kg.
- Fuel tank capacity: 15 litres.