2018 Yamaha R-09 Three-Cylinder Sportbike Concept | Super Streetbike

2018 Yamaha R-09 Three-Cylinder Sportbike Concept

If Yamaha builds a new repli-racer powered by the awesome 847cc crossplane triple, we hope it looks like this rendering.

Our R-09 concept has all the style of the R6 but with a stack more real-world engine usability.

Our Yamaha R-09 concept has all the style of the middleweight YZF-R6 but with more real-world engine usability.

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Yamaha's naked FZ-09 is one of the gems in its current model lineup. At the heart of the bike’s charm is its 847cc crossplane triple, which is loaded with midrange and top-end power; laughs and wheelies are guaranteed. The engine would count for little if the chassis weren't up to the job, and luckily it is—just. Although the suspension is fully adjustable for 2017, it’s still a little on the crude side, meaning the FZ moves around a bit when the going gets tough. For some, though, that may be part of the appeal. That 115-hp powerplant is so good, we’d love to see it in a sportbike chassis, so that’s what we’ve done with this virtual render.

Our concept added a longer swingarm to tame the wheelies.

Our concept adds a longer swingarm to help tame wheelies.

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Fusing bits inspired from various sportbikes in the Yamaha catalog, our R-09 concept is styled to look a lot like an R6. The triple-cylinder induction growl remains but the engine would be tuned for more power—we’d imagine 135 hp is easily within reach without compromising too much midrange. Add a longer swingarm to control the wheelies, lightweight new-design five-spoke wheels, and suspension and brakes from the R6 and we’ve got something much more potent for the street and track.

Our version added lightweight new design 5-spoke wheels and suspension and brakes from the R6.

Our version added lightweight five-spoke wheels, plus suspension and brakes from the R6.

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As a token gesture, we’ve even catered for pillions with footpegs and a seat perch so tiny only the smallest of masochistic passengers will want to climb on the back. We’d hate to encourage two-up riding on this beast as it ruins the power-to-weight ratio and causes unnecessary drag. But this is all fantasy so it doesn’t matter anyway, right?

We wouldn’t bet on that, actually. With speculation rife that Triumph will be shoehorning its new 765 Street Triple motor into the Daytona 675 sportbike chassis, we wouldn’t be surprised if this concept became a reality before too long.

At the heart of the bike’s charm is an 847cc crossplane triple out of the MT-09.

At the heart of the bike’s charm is the 847cc crossplane triple out of the FZ-09.

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