For the 2018 model year, Yamaha renamed its FZ lineup to the one used in Europe – MT.Regardless of the name, all three models in the MT 2018 lineup – MT-07, MT-09 and MT-10 – received instant praise from moto journalists and riders across America.
For 2019, the three “Hyper Naked” MT motorcycles (MT standing for “Masters of Torque”) return unchanged from an engine/chassis standpoint, but not from an aesthetics standpoint.The MT-07 (twin), MT-09 (triple) and MT-10 (inline four) are now available with a new “Ice Fluo” color scheme.Speaking of the updated color scheme, Yamaha says: “For 2019 Yamaha takes the MT’s aggressive and streetwise image to the next level. The forceful and uncompromising new Ice Fluo color not only underlines the assertive character of Yamaha’s Hyper Naked bikes, it also creates an instantly recognizable look that strengthens the strong family feeling amongst MT owners.“Consisting of a super cool new ice-grey body color contrasted by fluorescent red wheels and a black engine, frame, forks, and headlamp – with tuning fork logos on the tank or air ducts – the new Ice Fluo color option is exclusive to the Yamaha MT range.”Following are the highlights of each 2019 model (courtesy of Yamaha).
2019 Yamaha MT-10 Highlights
Powerful 998cc inline four-cylinder crossplane engine derived from YZF-R1
Lightweight chassis based on YZF-R1
Linear torque with outstanding agility
Sophisticated electronic control technology
Available in Ice Fluo and Matte Raven Black
Arrives at dealerships beginning in October 2018
2019 Yamaha MT-09 Highlights
Exciting 847cc inline triple-cylinder engine and sporty, agile chassis
Radical naked style with thrilling performance
Comfortable, upright ergonomics
Available in Ice Fluo, Matte Raven Black, Team Yamaha Blue
Arrives at dealerships beginning in November 2018
2019 Yamaha MT-07 Highlights
Compact 689cc twin-cylinder engine with plenty of torque
Thrilling performance with outstanding value
Sporty and light with neutral handling character
Available in Ice Fluo, Matte Raven Black, and Breaker Cyan
Arrives at dealerships beginning in December 2018
For more, visit www.yamahamotorsports.com/hyper-naked.
KTM Super ADV R + Lightning Motorcycles’ Richard Hatfield
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Motos and Friends—the weekly Podcast brought to you by the editorial team at Ultimate Motorcycling. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams rides KTM’s new 1290 Super Adventure R. This hardcore ADV bike is big, powerful, and a true expert-level machine. Interestingly, it has multiple points of adjustment within its highly capable electronics package, and Don discovered several big surprises where the bike changed personality completely. His is an intriguing look at one of the most capable off road ADV bikes on the market today.
In the second segment, I chat with Richard Hatfield, CEO of Lightning motorcycles. This silicon valley based manufacturer was founded in 2006, and having racked up several notable race victories (including Pikes Peak in 2013 with the late Carlin Dunne on board) Lightning have certainly dominated in racing terms. In another first, Lightning has just announced a new rapid-charging battery technology that may well bring electric motorcycles into becoming real-world, practical transport.
So from all of us here at Motos & Friends… we hope you enjoy this episode!