2017 Yamaha MT-09 vs Kawasaki Z900 - Spec Comparison

Praveen M

Praveen M, Engineer-turned-motorcycle journalist. I'm a sucker for cruising down the highways, and twisties in the hills.

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.

2017 Yamaha MT-09 press shot front right quarter
The design of the MT-09 follows a dark, aggressive theme.

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.

Kawasaki Z900 side at India launch
The Z900 is 20 kg lighter than the previous generation bike, the Z800.

Also Read: Kawasaki Z900 recalled in India over faulty rear tie-rod bracket

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.

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