Yamaha has a gem of a streetbike lineup within the type of the MT collection. Over the course of the previous couple of years, the MT bare bike vary has given delivery to the XSR lineup, in addition to extra not too long ago, the Tenere 700 and YZF-R7. Now, with the YZF-R6 supersport effectively and actually relegated to the circuit, and the YZF-R7 not fairly occupying the identical house because the 600cc supersport, a gaping gap exists in Yamaha’s YZF-R lineup.
For fairly a while now, the rumor mills have been churning, and the thought of a YZF-R9 coming into the image is just about a certainty. Though Yamaha has but to make any bulletins, the model has already filed the R9 trademark in a number of areas together with Europe and Asia. After all, on the subject of Yamaha, something with a “9” within the title signifies that it is based mostly on the MT-09, the model’s premium middleweight efficiency bare bike.
Extra particularly, the YZF-R9 is just about positive to be outfitted with the identical engine discovered on the present technology MT-09, that’s, an 890cc, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, inline triple. With 117 horsepower on faucet within the MT-09, we might anticipate comparable, if not barely extra energy, placing it in the identical realm because the Triumph Road Triple RS. That stated, from an ergonomics standpoint, the YZF-R9 is greater than prone to characteristic low-slung clip-ons and excessive, aggressive rearsets. In such case, its closest rival must be the MV Agusta F3.
Now, all the pieces I’ve informed you to date might not appear to be new data, and certainly, none of it has been formally confirmed by Yamaha simply but. Nevertheless, a current report from Japanese automotive journal Autoby appears to ensure that Yamaha will launch the brand new sportbike in 2024. Now, Autoby has, for a very long time now, had the spectacular potential of predicting the way forward for Japanese producers, so I am prepared to wager that the publication is true in regards to the upcoming YZF-R9.