Yamaha recently launched the 2017 Yamaha MT-09 at the 2017 India Bike Week in Goa. It goes head-to-head with the Kawasaki Z900, and let’s see how they perform on paper.
The previous generation MT-09 entered the country’s shores in February 2016. Even though the bike had a punchy engine, its relatively conservative looks and high price-tag resulted in barely making a dent in the segment. Yamaha launched the updated version, which borrows the design language from its elder brother, the MT-10. The bike now looks much more aggressive, and is a worthy competitor to the Kawasaki Z900.
2017 Yamaha MT-09
847cc in-line three DOHC engine with liquid cooling
948 cc in-line four DOHC engine with liquid cooling
115 PS at 10,000 rpm
125 PS at 9,500 rpm
87.5 Nm at 8,500 rpm
98.6 Nm at 7,700 rpm
6-speed with assist & slipper clutch and Quick Shift System
6-speed with slipper clutch
Upside down fork
41 mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Horizontal Back-link with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability
Dual 298 mm discs with radial callipers and ABS
Twin 300 mm petal discs
245 mm single disc with ABS
250 mm petal disc
Fuel Tank Capacity
Price (ex-showroom Delhi)
The Kawasaki Z900 gets an additional cylinder and has a 101 cc bigger engine. Naturally, it makes more 10 PS and 11.1 Nm more than the MT-09. However, the bike does not have electronics apart from ABS. On the other hand, Yamaha gets a Traction Control System (TCS) featuring two different modes as well as an off switch. Mode 1 gives minimum intervention and mode 2 offers maximum intervention, allowing you to adjust or turn off the TCS to suit different conditions and riding styles.
The biggest difference is the price. The Z900 is a whole INR 3.2 lakhs cheaper, and gets more power. However, the Yamaha features more tech which results in being more confidence-inspiring. The Yamaha is also lighter by 15 kg, but the seat height is taller by 25 mm.