The Hooligan Taming the Lions.
2015 Yamaha MT09. (Purchased S/H Aug 26 2017)
This is my favourite photo opportunity, Headley Hall.
Once the home of the legend, Sir Malcolm Campbell, of Bluebird fame And Land Speed Records.
Packing for the Pico’s
Kriega US30, 2 x Kriega US 20, Redverz Attacama Tent, Helinox Chair and Helinox Table.
It made a fantastic back rest but required sinching down quite often.
Ah! We sleep together.
Cornwall 5 day Tour taking in the whole of Cornwall’s coast line.
The 2015 Yamaha MT09 is indeed a Hooligan.
The 2015 model only had ABS no traction control.
In A mode the throttle is very snatchy and keeping the front wheel on the ground can be a problem.
The rear suspension is a bit wishy washy and can sometimes get you into trouble also.
Standard mode is quick enough for me to be honest and B Mode is definitely required if its raining as its very easy to spin up the rear in the wet.
The standard seat is a “plank” particularly if you are a skinny fella like me with not a lot of “meat” in that area.
I immediately got the seat refoamed at West Sussex Motorcycles.
Had to haggle a lot on the price for this as it was registered in 2016 and the dealer had it listed as a 2016 model which it was not.
In the build up to the release of the 2016 model, Yamaha started throwing in the Akro exhaust for free to try to shift the last of the 2015 models.
I made the dealer aware of all this and we came to an acceptable price.
The Akro sounds beautiful on this on the overrun and the gurgles and pops brings a smile to may face every time.
Summary: Fantastic Hooligan bike with a few dodgy foibles like the rear suspension and the snatchy throttle in A mode.
Honda CRF 250 Rally and Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro to be added at a later date.