Yamaha served a surprise to the motorcycling world at this year's Osaka Motorcycle Show in March. Remember the 2014 MT-09 Street Rally?
The Japanese bike maker is now bringing it back — at least in spirit. The MT-09 Cyber Rally unveiled in Osaka lives up to its name in every way.
Its design harkens back to its supermoto-inspired predecessor. And as if the MT-09 — redesigned in 2021 — wasn’t already futuristic enough, the Cyber Rally pushes things to the sci-fi territory.
Just like the Street Rally before it, the Cyber Rally introduces a number of mechanical and aesthetic tweaks to the baseline MT-09.
The engine is the same 889cc, 117-horse powerplant as on the MT-09. But Yamaha has ripped out the standard underslung exhaust system and replaced it with a new Akrapovič unit on the side.
In addition, the bike gets a new steering damper to make the ride more steady on the street.
In the design department, the Cyber Rally gets a sleek, clear headlight cowl that makes it look like some kind of an extraterrestrial wasp. Adding to the insectile appearance are the carbon fiber handguards (that also function as winglets) and the small windshield.
In addition, the Cyber Rally gets new radiator shrouds. They offer more protection for the naked engine while also helping to direct hot air away from the rider for a more comfortable on-road experience. The bike also receives a new tail tidy, seat, and tank pads.
All the components of the MT-09 Cyber Rally kit are manufactured by Y’s Gear.
We don’t unfortunately know yet when the cyber bike will be up for sale. However, some sources hint that once it does arrive on the market, the kit will add about a third to the MT-09’s standard $9,499 price tag.