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First ride: 2017 Yamaha MT-09 review

That’s in addition to the rider aids it already had: two-level traction control, power modes and ABS.

As a triple, the MT-09’s got a good spread of torque, a compromise between the mid-range of a twin and the top-end of a four-in-line.

Shift up sooner and you’ll still be given constant acceleration, although the higher the revs the smoother the changes.

The MT-09’s tidied up my clumsiest downward shifts, as if I’d eased out the clutch and applied a perfect amount of throttle.

And was it a slippery road. On a mountain descent, one road was wet and also coated in places with a worrying green surface, probably moss or algae.

The Bike itself feels narrow, lightweight and quick to change direction, the leverage of the wide bars amplifying the pressure applied.

The riding modes and traction control are as before, with one exception.

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The MT-09 is one of those machines that I can genuinely say I would buy myself if I was looking for the best naked bike available for seven or eight grand, or maybe just the best bike at that price.

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