The Yamaha FZ-09, or the Yamaha MT-09 as it’s known
outside of the USA, has become a big win for the tuning fork
brand. A fun three-cylinder machine that has enough pep to
carve up the canyons, yet also has a relaxed enough riding
position to handle commuting duties, the Yamaha FZ-09
really wins our hearts and minds with its dirt-cheap
price tag of $7,990 MSRP.
We’re not alone in our opinion, as the MT-09 has done so
well in the global market, that Yamaha built off the buzz
and released its two-cylinder cousin: the Yamaha MT-07.
If the Japanese OEM truly is
eyeing more three-cylinder machines, we are excited for
the prospect. Oberdan Bezzi is excited too, as the Italian
designer has imagined his own interpretation of what Yamaha
could do with the MT-09 line.
Envisioning a smaller
displacement version of the Yamaha Super Ténéré, Bezzi sees
Yamaha tapping the MT-09 chassis and engine to make a solid
847cc three-cylinder adventure-tourer. Smaller and lighter,
such a design would be a great middleweight addition for the
We’ve seen a lot of intriguing, yet fanciful, designs
from Obiboi before, but this has to be the most practical
concept to come from the Italian designer. Hopefully Yamaha
is paying attention, they would do well to consider the
prospect of an MT-09 base ADV bike.