A bike like no other, the MT-01 combines a hot-rodded cruiser motor with a standard-style naked bike to deliver a unique riding experience. Sadly, it won’t be coming to America. See what we thought about this bike in our 2005 Yamaha MT-01 Bike Test.
- We have wanted to ride the MT-01 ever since we first layed eyes on it, but to no avail. Lucky for us we have our man in Europe who was able to get his hands on one.
- The largest V-Twin ever built by Yamaha is bolted to the MT-01 frame via an eight point rigid-mount system.
- 2005 Yamaha MT-01 Dyno sheet
- This is definitely a machine that can put a smile on your face on less populated roads.
- The MT-01's hybrid nature may be what attracts so much attention and interest, but that combined with a high price tag may also be its main weakness in that it doesn't really know for sure what it wants to be.
- Yamaha's chassis development team therefore had to create a minimalist structure that would also give good handling characteristics.
- If you think that you are going to get a tire-shredding beast that will outperform sports bikes in the traffic-light GP, you would be wrong. This is no V-Max replacement.
- Comfort is not an issue, nor is it much an issue for a pillion.
- When Yamaha showed its outrageous MT-01 last year, the MCUSA staff couldn't wait to test one of the Warrior-engined naked bikes.
- The engine is bolted to the chassis using an eight point rigid-mount system, making it a fully-stressed member.
- Despite some serious hype, the buying public were not that impressed with the MT-01 in Europe.
- The simple round-faced combined tacho and speedo with its warning lights inset shows its minimalist nature.
- The positions of the handlebars, seat and footrests give a natural, slightly forward-leaning riding position that distributes your weight fairly evenly through each point of contact with the bike.
- Ian gives the MT-01 a little floggin' on the backroads of England.
- Now as always, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but the MT-01 certainly looks better from the right-hand side.
- The 2005 Yamaha MT-01 is one bad-ass bike. Just look at the way those underseat exhaust pipes are integrated into the rear subframe.