Let’s chat a bit about the 900’s. Yamaha has a bike for most tastes. If you’re a typical street bike rider and do most of your riding in the real world, the Yamaha MT09- engine is pretty spectacular for all applications. In fact we have often wondered why Yamaha has not made an adventure machine with this configuration. It just makes sense. The 900cc three-cylinder Crossplane Crankshaft Concept CP3 motor produces tons of low-down torque and is a dream to ride on the street. The motor spins up quickly, and seamless power is delivered all the way to the limiter. It all happens so efficiently that in the lower gears it is easy to hit the rev-limiter on a regular basis. There are no flat-spots in the power delivery, and low-down torque feels exceptionally good. The MT09-’s gearbox is generally very smooth, clutch actuation is soft and gear changes are smooth and precise. The MT09- has three riding modes. The default STD (standard) mode is complemented by A mode, for increased throttle aggression. B-mode has reduced power and aggression, which is useful in low-traction conditions such as wet weather. Needless to say, this lot stayed in A-mode for the day. The MT09-’s electronics are pretty simple and effective. ABS is standard and cannot be switched off or adjusted. In contrast, the MT09-’s traction control has two settings, plus off. Level 1 has the least intrusion. Level 2 is quite a bit more intrusive and does come in at even quite a modest pace. The Brakes on these MT09-’s are excellent. There is plenty of feel, and even the slightly more porky GT brakes in a hurry. Sometimes you could feel the ABS pulsing a little especially on loose surfaced urban roads. The KYB suspension offers a pretty sporty, firm feel. No complaints in that department! Let’s run through the different derivatives: Even though the bikes all have the same engine and drivetrain, they feel distinctly different. We’ll try to explain it… MT09 The naked MT09- is the hooligan of the show – and quite frankly, with that Yoshi pipe clearing the roads ahead, is without a doubt the most fun of the pack. Sadly, Sean jumped on to this one first and we literally needed to donner him with a crowbar to give the other riders a turn. It is just so quick, nimble and fun to ride that you do not want to climb off. Plenty fast too – and in the right hands, you’ll be popping wheelies all over the show at every opportunity. The chassis is very sporty, she turns on a penny rails through the corners like a GP bike and rockets out with torque all the way from the bottom until you can no longer take the buffeting wind. It’s an absolute head turner too. At our stop for a lockdown burger, we noticed more than a few peeps sauntering over to leave drool marks on the tank. If you are keen on a sporty performer that is so nippy and fun to ride, then this is definitely one of the bikes that you need to look at. It is, quite simply, brilliant!