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Yamaha’s punchy MT-09 naked bike gets important refinements for the 2024 model year.
Yamaha’s punchy MT-09 naked bike gets important refinements for the 2024 model year. (Yamaha/)

The middleweight-plus sized naked bike segment continues to heat up with the introduction of an updated-for-2024 Yamaha MT-09 ($10,599—a $1,200 increase from the 2021 model and a $800 increase from the ‘23 version). Engineers focused on improving aesthetics, user interface, and honing performance with a careful series of modifications.

A new 5-inch color TFT dash is a huge improvement. It can be paired via Bluetooth with iOS- or Android-powered smartphones.
A new 5-inch color TFT dash is a huge improvement. It can be paired via Bluetooth with iOS- or Android-powered smartphones. (Yamaha/)

Editor’s note: We test rode the MT-09 upon its last major overhaul during the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 MC Commute Review and Yamaha Builds A Better Triumph – 2021 MT-09 Review articles and videos. We also reviewed the up-spec SP variation during the Yamaha MT-09 SP Review write-up and video.

Improved switch gear with better tactile function is another huge upgrade for MT-09 riders.
Improved switch gear with better tactile function is another huge upgrade for MT-09 riders. (Yamaha/)

The MT-09 continues to be powered by a sweet-sounding 890cc liquid-cooled inline-three. Engine character is boosted with “acoustic amplifier grilles” atop the fuel tank cover, like the MT-10.

The MT-09 continues to be powered by a liquid-cooled 890cc triple, however it boasts a faster electronic quickshifter.
The MT-09 continues to be powered by a liquid-cooled 890cc triple, however it boasts a faster electronic quickshifter. (Yamaha/)

This engine delivers strong and responsive performance, with plenty of torque throughout the rev range. It’s good for around 117 hp and 65 lb.-ft. torque. It puts power back via a cable-actuated wet multiplate slipper clutch and six-speed gearbox. The electronic quickshifter is redesigned and offers faster response during up- and downshifts, presumably like the 2024 Yamaha Tracer 9 GT+.

For ‘24 this Yamaha triple features a new LED headlight and a sharp-looking (and lower positioned) fuel tank (capacity is unchanged at 3.7 gallons) affording a modern and muscular appearance.

The 2024 MT-09 sports new ergonomics with a lower handlebar, shorter fuel tank, and more rearward positioned rider foot controls.
The 2024 MT-09 sports new ergonomics with a lower handlebar, shorter fuel tank, and more rearward positioned rider foot controls. (Yamaha/)

The twin-spar alloy frame returns, which helps keep weight low and contributes to its excellent handling characteristics. The suspension has been recalibrated and continues to be adjustable for preload, compression (fork), and rebound damping, allowing riders to fine-tune their settings for their preferred riding style. Steering radius has also been increased by four degrees on either side enhancing maneuverability at parking-lot speeds. Lastly, the MT-09 rolls on Bridgestone’s new-and-improved Battlax S23 sport rubber.

The MT-09 continues to employ a ride-by-wire throttle system and adds three global riding modes (Sport, Street, Rain). Users also can tweak traction, wheelie, and ABS brake control. Cruise control is now standard as are self-canceling LED turn signals.

In the braking department the MT benefits from a radial-mount Brembo master cylinder that controls the dual 298mm disc brakes with four-piston radial-mount calipers. Fixed, always-on and lean-sensitive ABS returns. Furthermore, new Back Slip Regulator (BSR) programming reduces engine torque during braking to help mitigate rear wheel lock-up during aggressive braking in low grip conditions. The setting can be manually

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By: Adam Waheed
Title: 2024 Yamaha MT-09 Preview
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/news/yamaha-mt-09-preview/
Published Date: Tue, 07 Nov 2023 11:00:00 +0000

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2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview

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The 29th annual Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, powered by O’Gara Coach, will bring a full day of free family fun to Beverly Hills on Sunday, June 16. This year’s Father’s Day car show will feature 100 rare and iconic vehicles, great food and plenty of entertainment. The Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which will take place between Wilshire Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., is one of the area’s most beloved annual events. Here’s a glimpse at what you can expect to see on California’s most iconic street:

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Show-stopping cars

This year’s event will host a special celebration of hypercars, supercars, race cars, classics and custom-built showstoppers. Provided by exclusive private collections, passionate car enthusiasts and even some of the world’s most recognized manufacturers, this has become one of the country’s preeminent luxury car shows.

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Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Chairman Bruce Meyer, Beverly Hills Mayor Lester Friedman, Rodeo Drive Committee President Kay Monica Rose and renowned car buff Jay Leno will present trophies to 12 award-winning entrants—from “Most Elegant” to “Best in Show”—on the main stage starting at noon.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 2024 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance Preview
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/2024-rodeo-drive-concours-delegance-preview/
Published Date: Mon, 10 Jun 2024 17:10:18 +0000

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Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more

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The latest café racers, flat trackers, and electric scooters.
We kick things off with a feel-good story of a botched Ducati 996 custom job, rescued by a talented garage builder. Then we look at a dazzling Yamaha SR500 flat tracker from 20-year-old Moritz Bree, a dustbin-faired Honda Dax from K-Speed, and a BMW CE 04 scooter from Deus ex Machina.

Ducati 996 café racer by Jaron Hall
Ducati 996 by Jaron Hall Most people would balk at the idea of customizing a Ducati 996, but Utah-based garage builder Jaron Hall’s work on this 996 is nothing short of noble. That’s because when Jaron got his hands on the 996, it was in dire need of saving.

The Ducati’s previous owner had tried to turn it into a scrambler, so it came to Jaron with no fairings, a hacked subframe, and a smorgasbord of sketchy parts. Working after hours (he has a marketing day job), and taking on the entire build solo, Jaron turned the mongrel 996 into a high-class Italian café racer.

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By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: Speed Read: A garage-built Ducati 996 café racer and more
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/custom-motorcycle-news-june-16-2024
Published Date: Sun, 16 Jun 2024 20:50:06 +0000

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Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s

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Of all the famous nameplates borne by Rolls-Royce motor cars since 1904, few are as celebrated, significant, evocative and enduring as the ‘Silver Ghost’. Formally launched in 1906 as the 40/50 H.P., it was the first model to be awarded the soubriquet of ‘the best car in the world’ that Rolls-Royce retains to this day, setting unmatchable standards for performance and reliability, proven in the era’s toughest road trials. It was also a stupendous commercial success, with almost 8,000 examples built in the UK and US over an 18-year period – an unimaginable product lifespan in the modern age. That so many Silver Ghosts still survive in full working order – and, indeed, regularly perform the same feats they achieved more than a century ago – is a lasting monument to Henry Royce’s engineering genius.

Early beginnings

By 1906, just three years after its foundation, Rolls-Royce was already something of a victim of its own success. Demand for its motor cars was such that its line-up had quickly expanded from the original twin-cylinder 10 H.P. to include three-cylinder 15 H.P., four-cylinder 20 H.P. and six-cylinder 30 H.P. models. Henry Royce had even produced the first ever V8 passenger motor car, known as the ‘Lega limit’ since the 3.5-litre engine was governed to keep it below the 20mph speed limit then in force in Britain – only three of these were ever made, and it remains the only Rolls-Royce model of which no examples survive. This proliferation of models reflected a trend across the luxury automotive sector, as competing manufacturers chased an ever more finely segmented client base.

However, for Rolls-Royce, it caused major manufacturing headaches, since many parts were not interchangeable between models. The problem was compounded by Henry Royce’s entirely laudable policy of continuous improvement; his constant adjustments and refinements went all the way down to the smallest components. This created variations between – and even within – production series, to the extent that often only a handful of individual motor cars would be entirely identical.

Simplify Production

As with almost any manufacturing process, more complexity and variability meant increased costs. This was anathema to the highly astute, commercially driven Managing Director, Claude Johnson. Having decided radical change was needed, he proposed the marque should focus all its energies on producing just one model. Charles Rolls enthusiastically agreed, but insisted it should be positioned at the top end of the market, where Rolls-Royce was already gaining a reputation as the very best motor car available. Though a ruthless perfectionist and tireless innovator, Royce was also a pragmatist. He saw the logic of his colleagues’ single-model approach and duly produced a completely new motor car, the 40/50 H.P.

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: Rolls-Royce ‘Models of the Marque’: the 1910s
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/rolls-royce-silver-ghost/
Published Date: Wed, 12 Jun 2024 23:23:29 +0000

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