The Dark Side of Japan

posted 04 november 2013

Yamaha’s rapidly growing MT 'Masters of Torque' range is one of the most exciting things to happen to motorcycling for a long time. Drawing on the 'Dark Side of Japan' as their inspiration, Yamaha's exciting and innovative new MT models are ready to challenge preconceived notions.

With their strong and exciting torque delivery and cool, unique style, they bring back passion into motorcycling - while not forgetting that the new bikes should be versatile and affordable to attract many passionate motorcyclists.

The new MT models offer a genuine alternative for those customers who are looking for a thrilling and enjoyable motorcycle that excites and inspires its rider. 

Launched to the press in September 2013, the remarkable new 847cc 3-cylinder MT-09 underlines Yamaha's total commitment to developing a new breed of inspirational models that will bring fun and passion back to the two-wheeled world. Few other machines launched by Yamaha in recent years have attracted so much interest from the press and public as the MT-09, and Yamaha believe that the future lies in the creation of new models that will engage with the rider in a special way. 

For 2014 the rejuvenated Yamaha ‘Dark Side of Japan’ themed MT range is strengthened not only by the MT-09, but also by the new MT-07, a naked 689cc twin-cylinder model which raises the bar in the mid-class segment in terms of riding excitement, quality components and design. Key design elements include a mass forward look with an upright riding position. There’s also the signature ‘Z-shape’ – formed by the air intake-style scoops and the short exhaust header pipes – confirming its strong MT heritage. 

This new MT is designed to deliver high agility together with exciting torque, as well as an enjoyable riding character, for a very affordable price. 

Following on very soon after the MT-09 introduction comes the new MT-09 Street Rally, a racing inspired model variation with an even more aggressive motard design. The MT-09 Street Rally features lightweight bodywork and a number of special genuine Yamaha parts that underline the wild motard side of the MT.