We brought the old-school inline-four against the new-generation MT-09 (aka FZ-09 in the USA) and the MT-07 (FZ-07). Just by looking at the tech specs it was clear that the MT-09 is faster than the old FZ-06. But what about the MT-07? Can the 75 hp twin surpass the 98 hp R6-derived old naked?
How different a new-generation naked bike is compared to a 10-15 years old machine in terms of performance? We tried to find out on theMotor Park Romania RacetrackWatch the movie in the window below or go directly to
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2017 Yamaha MT-09 (FZ-09)
It’s the bike that marked the rebirth of Yamaha. Just after the economic turmoil, the Yamaha engineers designed a triple and put it into a lightweight chassis. The result? One of the most engaging motorcycles on the market. Moreover, the MT-09 received a facelift for 2017 that addresses some issues the first generation bike had. Watch new MT-09 review.
2016 Yamaha MT-07 (FZ-07)
Featuring a low price tag and huge amount of fun, MT-07 is another Yamaha bestseller. The 75 hp inline-twin doesn’t seem ferocious – and it’s not – but combined with a low weight and great handling is a winner.
2004 Yamaha FZ-06
Unlike its younger rivals, the FZ-06 has a racer pedigree. The in-line four engine is a detuned version of the R6 power plant, developing 95 hp at 12,000 rpm. It was built as a performance all-rounder: high-performance with anytime-anywhere attitude.