Hi all, looking at the new Yamaha mt09 bike and would like to know what people's thoughts on Yamaha in general??
Have not been on a bike for 12 years just got myself a KMX250 and is a fantastic feeling being back on a bike (taking it easy) this bike has is not great and yern more power.
Any MT-09 riders on here? I keep reading this range is selling really well but do they reliability issues?
Thanks for any input
Technical and tyres
Went for a run with the baffles out. It definitely sounds much better - it sounds like it should now ie. The exhaust just about matches the howl from the air box.
I wouldn't say its particularly loud but removing the db killers on this exhaust is a must in my book.
I carried this modification out in conjunction with a K&N panel filter (road) as well and the revs rise and fall much quicker and engine braking is also slightly reduced / smoother on roll off.
I love the look of this can but if you are thinking of upgrading your exhaust and a great soundtrack is what you seek I'd look elsewhere.
Considering decat pipe from Black Widow next - if anyone has fitted one I'd be interested in what you think ?
We've used Shad panniers and top box on three different bikes. Same boxes but new fitting kits for each bike. I suppose the boxes are around 3 years old now. They've survived several European trips and a few rallies as well. The inner straps work well when someone (not me!) forgot to close a pannier properly recently. I was expecting to get the contents hurled at me, following behind, but everything stayed put.
When I first saw them I thought they looked a bit flimsy compared to some of the more expensive makes but so far they've been really good and seem to be waterproof too, as no leaks so far.
Did the survey but was surprised how few questions were involved. Maybe enlisting the help of an experienced motorcyclist (I'm not volunteering!) to devise questions would have helped. Asking about accidents is OK but there was nothing about blame or successful claims etc, so guessing the biker will be assumed to be at fault when the results are compiled!
@Colonial-Piglet will you please be more careful , motorsport is dangerous ( as if you didn't know ) we often have signs around our racetracks telling us motorsport is dangerous and not take copy it on the public road when you leave , spoil sports .
BSB & TT
I take your point about Shakey, It's just that sometimes he runs his mouth off. In the past he scathed about the showdown format, Well after his Oulton Park "Performance" last month it sure worked out for him this year. Don't like Ducati in Production racing (and never have tbh) as they have always bent/manipulated the rules to suit themselves.
Legal and insurance
Thought I'd share my experience of bike insurance for a trip involving non-eu countries in 2016.
Research before the trip suggested Green Cards were no longer needed/available and border insurance should be available at the borders. However I eventually purchased a green card in UK from "Tour Insure" based in Germany and my mate decided to chance it, as it wasn't cheap 208 euro for 1 month.
Our trip eventually took us though Serbia and Bosnia Herzegovina. On the first border crossing from Romania into Serbia on the E-70 directly south of Timisoara, my friend was unable to buy any insurance at the border but the border staff let him in anyway. The second non-eu border was from Serbia to Bosnia (Bosut/Velino Selo), where he was not allowed to enter Bosnia before purchasing some insurance which was possible at the border, they accepted my Green Card without question.
If you're interested in the trip, check it out here https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLH_LR3eSezzFwe8aLesPG2hcRaAekz-vY the border crossings are in part 2 and 3.
Hope this helps others like me who was a bit confused pre trip what the score was.
Buying and selling
Current ride is an FJR 1300. I fancy something a little more naked and looking more at the scenery and smelling the roses rather than a rocketship so the issues are
budget about £4000 - so a straight swap for the fjr
naked but with option of screen for motorway/longer trips
nice upright ride position with little weight on my (achey) wrists
relaxed grunty engine
comfy roomy pillion seat just in case the missus chooses to come with me rather than ride her bike
ability to tour - so room for luggage when I want to fit
I'm about 6ft and 14-16 stone (allowing for expansion and contraction)
any ideas guys n gals?