|More Information on the Yamaha MT-01|
The MT-01 is a MT series motorcycle made by Yamaha from 2005 to 2012, available in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, India, Japan and parts of North America. But Yamaha Motor Corp. USA declined to import it to the United States, citing a small market for this style of bike. It has unconventional features with a cruiser-style 1,670 cc (102 cu in) air-cooled, overhead valve V-twin engine but sportbike or naked bike style frame and suspension. The engine is derived from the Yamaha Warrior XV1700 and modified to suit application in the MT-01, while the forks and brakes are derived from the 2004 to 2005 Yamaha R1.
Originally unveiled as a concept motorcycle at the 1999 Tokyo Motor Show, strong public interest in the machine led Yamaha to develop a production model, which was released in 2005. The Motorcycle Design Association (MDA) awarded the MT-01 the Open Category award at the 2004 annual Motorcycle Design Awards at INTERMOT. During its production, the MT-01 remained largely unchanged.
There are three tuning kits (Stage 1, 2, and 3) available for the MT-01, which realise performance increases from standard at each stage.
Mick Withers set the 'Sports Compact' group 5 Australian record for a twin-cylinder motorcycle on a Stage 3 Yamaha MT-01 at a time of 11.77 seconds for a standing quarter mile pass @ 113.57 mph (182.77 km/h) at Compak Attak, Western Sydney International Dragway on the 18th of May 2008.
For the 2009 model year, Yamaha released a SP (special production) version of the MT-01, upgraded with Öhlins suspension, Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires and specific color scheme of red and white paint with a black and red seat.