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Hi All,

I'm new to the Yamaha brand so I'm spamming all the MT-09 forums to get the inside scoop moving forward. The MT-09 is the the 5th bike I've owned in the past ~25 years.

I started with an NSR250R in asia (terrible first bike, but was a hoot), then when I moved to the USA (Texas) I bought a 2001 GSXR 750 and rode that for ~2 years. Moved on to a 2007 Triumph Daytona 675 and rode the piss out of it all over the US, covered about 40 states and put ~70k miles on it before selling it in 2014. I went through 1 stator, 2 R/R, and 2 coolant temp sensors on the 675 but other than that it was pretty much the perfect bike. Oh and it's SO EASY to work on.

I didn't ride much from 2012 to 2016 due to work and what not, but bit the bug again and went with a low risk high reward option... Bought a 1998 VFR800 Fi for $2k. Rode that for about 5k miles in the past 5 years which brings us to me purchasing the new MT-09.

Reason for buying the MT-09 is just because I've fallen in love with triples based on my experience with the 675. I love the power delivery character, the slimmer profile, and on the MT-09 particularly I love how spacious the engine layout seems to be. Hoping that it's a breeze to work on. I considered going for the Street Triple instead but the cost and lack of tech (in comparison to the MT-09) made that a second choice pretty quick. The other option was the Trident 660, which I think looks cool as hell... but same on the tech side and I felt like I'd miss the amount of power I've become used to.

Anyway long story short, I plan on commuting on the MT-09 quite a lot and putting on massive miles on touring trips come spring/summer months.

Priority list for aftermarket goodies are:
  • Front windscreen to keep the wind off of my body during winter riding
  • Luggage (tank bag first, likely SW Motech). I have an old cortech magnetic bag which will work for now though. I'd like some sort of mounted rear saddlebag setup, really like the SW Motech stuff but pricey.....
  • Undertail white LED lighting, purely for visibility.
  • Some kind of rear hugger just to keep that back end a bit cleaner

One of my first tours:

Looking forward to interacting with y'all here and absorbing as well as sharing info in the future.
 

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Welcome to the group. You will find it works great as a commuter. Light, agile, and fun are what I think when I ride mine. The aftermarket parts are just starting to show up, so you may need to be patient. Puig's naked windscreen is here, but based on a small Chinese deflector that I put on my bike, I am waiting on the tourer version. The stock tire only lasted 3,000 miles, so be ready to change it in your first few months.
 

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Thanks!

Yeah I'm on the same page on the Puig Touring screen, just going to hold tight until it comes out. I'll slapping on a set of Road 5s once the stock tires need replacing. Loved it on my VFR.
 

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Heck yeah, fellow moto camper. Really enjoying your pictures in the link you posted. Gets me excited about a trip when the weather warms up. Welcome aboard.
 

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Picked her up today only grabbed one picture at the dealership so far.

First impressions:
  • She's NUTS. Specs are comparable to my beloved 675 but the torque is insane and it feels like a much faster bike. - Front end has a tendency to get light on any kind of acceleration, going to have to get used to that and shift my riding position a bit.
  • The stock seat is a bit shit imho. The forward slope isn't what bothers me, can't quite put my finger on it yet.
  • It desperately needs some kind of tank gripper, that's now first on the list.
  • Initially I thought, "oh it's not that windy, I don't know why people complain about that so much on naked bikes." Then the weather got a bit breezy and it was kind of a pain tbh. Part of the issue is also because I couldn't stabilize myself with my knees as I'm used to. Need grips!

I can't wait to get off work and ride her home now.

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