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Yamaha Builds A Better Triumph – 2021 MT-09 Review Gallery

We throw a leg over Yamaha’s more sporty 2021 MT-09 ($9,399).

We throw a leg over Yamaha’s more sporty 2021 MT-09 ($9,399). (Joseph Agustin/)

With added polish and sport attitude, the third-generation 2021 MT-09 is a significant upgrade versus the previous iteration.

With added polish and sport attitude, the third-generation 2021 MT-09 is a significant upgrade versus the previous iteration. (Joseph Agustin/)

The ‘21 MT-09 impresses with its versatility. It’s agile and comfy around town, yet delivers pleasing sport appeal when ridden on curvy roads.

The ‘21 MT-09 impresses with its versatility. It’s agile and comfy around town, yet delivers pleasing sport appeal when ridden on curvy roads. (Joseph Agustin/)

Yamaha’s YZF-R1-sourced multi-wheel control interface is easy to use but could offer improved tactile function when pressed.

Yamaha’s YZF-R1-sourced multi-wheel control interface is easy to use but could offer improved tactile function when pressed. (Joseph Agustin/)

A more rigid chassis along with Bridgestone’s fantastic Battlax S22 rubber make fast-paced riding escapades a blast.

A more rigid chassis along with Bridgestone’s fantastic Battlax S22 rubber make fast-paced riding escapades a blast. (Joseph Agustin /)

The MT-09 benefits from full LED lighting.

The MT-09 benefits from full LED lighting. (Joseph Agustin/)

We’re big fans of the MT-09’s ergonomics package and adjustable height footpegs allow for added cornering clearance.

We’re big fans of the MT-09’s ergonomics package and adjustable height footpegs allow for added cornering clearance. (Joseph Agustin/)

The 2021 MT-09 is powered by a 43cc larger CP3 engine that now displaces 890cc.

The 2021 MT-09 is powered by a 43cc larger CP3 engine that now displaces 890cc. (Joseph Agustin/)

With a fully fueled curb weight of 417-pounds, the MT-09 is light and easy to ride around town.

With a fully fueled curb weight of 417-pounds, the MT-09 is light and easy to ride around town. (Joseph Agustin/)

A 3.5-inch color TFT display keeps tabs on vehicle settings. We wish it was larger.

A 3.5-inch color TFT display keeps tabs on vehicle settings. We wish it was larger. (Joseph Agustin/)

Yamaha’s updated CP3 engine is mesmerizing. It offers gobs of immediate torque with a pleasing engine note. It’s also smooth and devoid of unwanted vibration.

Yamaha’s updated CP3 engine is mesmerizing. It offers gobs of immediate torque with a pleasing engine note. It’s also smooth and devoid of unwanted vibration. (Joseph Agustin/)

The Tuning Fork brand offers incredible performance and value in the naked bike segment with its 2021 MT-09.

The Tuning Fork brand offers incredible performance and value in the naked bike segment with its 2021 MT-09. (Joseph Agustin/)

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