Yamaha MT-09 Sport Tracker Review
|✓||Looks, engine, it's based on the awesome MT-09|
|×||Slightly jerky, seat, economy|
What Is It?
The MT-09 Sport Tracker is a small bolt-on variant of the successful naked MT-09 bike, including side number boards, a front deflector and special seat.
Engine: 847 cc Triple, 113 bhp
Economy: 45 mpg, 140 miles
Seat Height: 815 mm
Wet Weight: 191 kg
What Is It Like?
- Excellent price.
- It has a ridiculous amount of torque. This can be tamed in B mode very nicely, so it doesn't have to be a beast all of the time and it also allows for smoother riding at low speeds. I can ride slow in 3rd gear all day and still have plenty of usable power in town so I don't have to keep changing gear and feathering the clutch. Fueling in B mode is excellent and very smooth.
- In A mode it is an absolute wheelie machine. I suppose this can be a con too, so if you're not into that you may as well get a tamer bike or just keep it in STD mode.
- It looks really great. Pictures don't really do it justice and people are always coming up to me saying how nice it looks.
- Riding position is very comfortable. I don't get aching wrists or back pain whilst riding even for long periods.
- The bike came with Bridgestone S20 tires which are an excellent tire grip wise. They don't last as long as others but I'd rather pay a bit extra for more grip. I think the 2016 model comes with S21's which are supposed to last longer.
- A lot of people say the suspension isn't very good and is too soft. This totally depends on where you live. I live in London with tons of bumpy roads and potholes so the softer suspension is fine for me. I just set the rear shock as stiff as it could go and its a very good feel for me. So thumbs up for city riding.
What's Not So Good
- A mode and STD Mode are extremely jerky at low speeds and in 1st gear. This has something to do with the oxygen sensor which kicks in eco mode at low throttle. It can cause power surges sometimes too which aren't pleasant, especially in a corner. Small mods can be bought to trick the ECU into disabling the oxygen sensor which completely removes this issue and I would highly recommend doing that.
- Rear mudguard and chain cover seem to be made out of flimsy plastic which scratches very easily.
- During long rides the seat can start to get painful and uncomfortable.
- It's not loud enough. I do get worried sometimes that if people don't see me then they should at least hear me, but the stock exhaust is so quiet.
- Aftermarket exhausts are very expensive, slip on exhausts require cutting the stock can off and you need to be being pretty knowledgable about how to get a new can to fit snug. The only alternative is a full exhaust system which for a decent quality one is going to set you back around £600 minimum.
- Insurance is very high. I'm 22 and I paid around £1100 for my premium. Considering I paid £260 the year before for a Honda Hornet which only has about 15 less hp.
- Economy is not great but that's not really what you expect from a bike like this. I'd say I ride fairly economically most of the time and I get 40mpg.
- The brakes could be a lot better. But again, when you consider the price that's not really a surprise.
- Nick M, 2016
How Does It Compare?
- Yamaha MT-09 - The bike Yamaha accessorised to create the Sport Tracker