Sadly it seems to look better than it goes, weighs 240kg and only 90hp!! Shit load of torque at peak of 3750 rpm, redline at 5500rpm. Pretty narrow rev range really for a cruiser, bit like a diesel really!
for those who dont know, the motor is the same one in the Road star 1600/1700 and the warrior 1700, a motor legendary for its lack of power. Yamaha sells a 'speed star' kit thats bumps the warrior to a whopping 100hp, for only $5000.
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There's no question that the bike is very cool looking. When the concept bike was first introduced, everyone was drooling over what was expected to be the modern day equivalent/replacement for the V-Max which in its heyday was one of the quickest bikes you could buy. It certainly looks like it should be scorchingly quick and the probability that it isn't has to be a dissappointment for the many fans who were ready to plunk down the cash for one. I won't go so far as to say its a poseur bike because I really don't know much about it and it may have some very good qualities but if this is the result powerwise, its definitely not what I hoped for or expected. The V-Max is a legendary bike which has built up a substantial cult status/following over the years. You don't see that too often with Japanese bikes really. I think Yamaha had a great opportunity to really capitalize on that status with this bike but it seems to me they blew it........
But then again, maybe Yamaha is actually targeting an entirely different type buyer and the bike will be a huge sales success, so who the hell knows.......
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yeah, and twice the horsepower from only 3x the displacement and twice the price too! wow what a bargin!
I think the MT-01 looks rather cool, but the price is way to high for me. It is supposed to be selling in Australia for about $22,500. Considering that my '04 R1 was $2,500 cheaper than that, I don't think I'll get one.
I my reaction was the same last year when I first saw the 2053cc Kawasaki.Let me make no mistake,I rode Harleys for almost 20 years.The part that blows me away is that Kawasaki tries to justify pushrods by saying it lowers overall engine height,to me it is a retrograde step.Obviously,just like Harley itself did,they followed what the market demands.I feel we all should just ride our sportbikes and leave the fat,overweight and soggy cruisers to those foolish enough to throw the outragous prices they ask for them.Better off with a Wing or an ST-1100.