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.
|Specifications||2017 Yamaha MT-09||Kawasaki Z900|
|Engine||847cc in-line three DOHC engine with liquid cooling||948 cc in-line four DOHC engine with liquid cooling|
|Maximum Power||115 PS at 10,000 rpm||125 PS at 9,500 rpm|
|Peak Torque||87.5 Nm at 8,500 rpm||98.6 Nm at 7,700 rpm|
|Transmission||6-speed with assist & slipper clutch and Quick Shift System||6-speed with slipper clutch|
|Front Suspension||Upside down fork||41 mm inverted fork with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability|
|Rear Suspension||Monocross suspension||Horizontal Back-link with rebound damping and spring preload adjustability|
|Front Brake||Dual 298 mm discs with radial callipers and ABS||Twin 300 mm petal discs|
|Rear Brake||245 mm single disc with ABS||250 mm petal disc|
|Front Tyre||120/70ZR17M/C(58W)(Tubeless)||120/70ZR17M/C (58W)|
|Rear Tyre||180/55ZR17M/C(73W)(Tubeless)||180/55ZR17M/C (73W)|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||14 litres||17 litres|
|Kerb Weight||193 kg||208 kg|
|Seat Height||820 mm||795 mm|
|Price (ex-showroom Delhi)||INR 10,88,122||INR 7,68,000|
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.