Yamaha MT-09 2021 vs. Kawasaki Z900 2019

Yamaha MT-09 2021

Yamaha MT-09 2021

Kawasaki Z900 2019

Kawasaki Z900 2019


Overview - Yamaha MT-09 2021 vs Kawasaki Z900 2019

In terms of technical specifications, the Yamaha MT-09 2021 and the Kawasaki Z900 2019 have some similarities. Both bikes have an inline engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection systems. However, there are also notable differences. The Yamaha MT-09 has a 3-cylinder engine with a displacement of 889cc, producing 119 horsepower and 93 Nm of torque. On the other hand, the Kawasaki Z900 has a 4-cylinder engine with a displacement of 948cc, delivering 125.4 horsepower and 98.6 Nm of torque.

In terms of suspension, both bikes feature upside-down telescopic forks in the front and a swing arm with a monoshock in the rear. The Yamaha MT-09 has an aluminum frame with a twin tube design, while the Kawasaki Z900 has a steel frame with a double cradle design.

When it comes to braking, both bikes are equipped with double disc brakes in the front, but the Yamaha MT-09 has slightly smaller discs with a diameter of 298mm compared to the 300mm discs on the Kawasaki Z900.

Yamaha MT-09 2021

Yamaha MT-09 2021

In terms of dimensions and weights, the Yamaha MT-09 has a wheelbase of 1430mm and a seat height of 825mm, while the Kawasaki Z900 has a slightly longer wheelbase of 1450mm and a lower seat height of 795mm. The Yamaha MT-09 also weighs less with a kerb weight of 189kg, compared to the 210kg kerb weight of the Kawasaki Z900.

In terms of advanced rider assistance systems, the Yamaha MT-09 comes with ABS, a quickshifter, and traction control. It also offers cruise control, but this feature is only available in the SP variant. On the other hand, the Kawasaki Z900 only has ABS as an advanced rider assistance system.

Kawasaki Z900 2019

Kawasaki Z900 2019

When it comes to strengths, the Yamaha MT-09 2021 offers improved handling with no load change reactions and a more comfortable seating position. It also has an over-complete electronics package, a great working quickshifter, and a successful chassis, resulting in lively handling and enormous riding pleasure. On the other hand, the Kawasaki Z900 2019 is praised for its light and natural handling with high stability, a silky engine with full pull from mid revs, high chassis transparency, great feedback, and a sitting position with a feel-good factor. It is also considered to have a fair price.

However, both bikes also have their weaknesses. The Yamaha MT-09 2021 has a polarizing look, a small TFT display, and somewhat indirect front wheel feel. Additionally, the cruise control feature is only available in the SP variant. On the other hand, the Kawasaki Z900 2019 has a TFT display mounted too low, cumbersome menu operation, and rearview mirrors that offer modest visibility.

In conclusion, while both the Yamaha MT-09 2021 and the Kawasaki Z900 2019 have their strengths and weaknesses, they offer unique features and characteristics that cater to different preferences and riding styles. It ultimately comes down to personal preference and priorities when choosing between these two naked bikes.

Technical Specifications Yamaha MT-09 2021 compared to Kawasaki Z900 2019

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Engine and Drive Train

Engine typeEngine typeIn lineEngine typeIn line
BoreBore78 mmBore73.4 mm
StrokeStroke62.1 mmStroke56 mm
Engine powerEngine power119 HPEngine power125.4 HP
Rpm at Max. PowerRpm at Max. Power10,000 rpmRpm at Max. Power9,500 rpm
TorqueTorque93 NmTorque98.6 Nm
Rpm at TorqueRpm at Torque7,000 rpmRpm at Torque7,700 rpm
Compression RatioCompression Ratio11.5 Compression Ratio11.8
Fuel systemFuel systemInjectionFuel systemInjection
Clutch TypeClutch TypeMultiplate in oil-bathClutch TypeMultiplate in oil-bath
Transmission TypeTransmission TypeGearshiftTransmission TypeGearshift
Number of gearsNumber of gears6Number of gears6
Valves per cylinderValves per cylinder4Valves per cylinder4
DisplacementDisplacement889 ccmDisplacement948 ccm

Suspension Front

Front suspensionFront suspensionUpside-Down telescopic forkFront suspensionUpside-Down telescopic fork
TravelTravel130 mmTravel120 mm

Suspension Rear

SuspensionSuspensionSwing armSuspensionSwing arm
Shock absorberShock absorberMonoshockShock absorberMonoshock
Shock mountShock mountDeflectionShock mountDeflection
TravelTravel122 mmTravel140 mm


Frame typeFrame typeTwin TubeFrame typeDouble cradle
RakeRake65 degreeRake65 degree
TrailTrail108 mmTrail105 mm

Brakes Front

TypeTypeDouble diskTypeDouble disk
DiameterDiameter298 mmDiameter300 mm

Brakes Rear

DiameterDiameter245 mmDiameter250 mm

Assistance Systems

Advanced Rider Assistance SystemsAdvanced Rider Assistance SystemsABS, Quickshifter, Traction controlAdvanced Rider Assistance SystemsABS

Dimensions and Weights

Front tyre widthFront tyre width120 mmFront tyre width120 mm
Front tyre heightFront tyre height70 %Front tyre height70 %
Front tyre diameterFront tyre diameter17 inchFront tyre diameter17 inch
Rear tyre widthRear tyre width180 mmRear tyre width180 mm
Rear tyre heightRear tyre height55 %Rear tyre height55 %
Rear tyre diameterRear tyre diameter17 inchRear tyre diameter17 inch
LengthLength2,090 mmLength2,070 mm
WidthWidth795 mmWidth820 mm
HeightHeight1,190 mmHeight1,065 mm
WheelbaseWheelbase1,430 mmWheelbase1,450 mm
Seat HeightSeat Height825 mmSeat Height795 mm
Kerb Weight (with ABS)Kerb Weight (with ABS)189 kgKerb Weight (with ABS)210 kg
License compliancyLicense compliancyALicense compliancyA

Pros and Cons in comparison

Pros and Cons in comparison

Yamaha MT-09 2021

Yamaha MT-09 2021

The ingredients for the 2021 update are right: More power, more equipment, more electronics, less weight. If you take a look at the key data of the latest MT-09, including its over-complete standard equipment, "mid-range naked bike" almost sounds a bit pejorative. The Japanese engineers have made improvements exactly where they were needed. The swaying chassis is now a thing of the past and the load change reactions have also been eliminated from the revised three-cylinder engine. The additional power paired with a little more pressure in the mid-range gives a sovereign riding feeling. The MT-09 offers a lot of equipment and enormous riding pleasure at a very attractive price. If you like the look, you can buy it without hesitation.

No more load change reactions

even more pressure from the centre

over-complete electronics package

great working quickshifter

comfortably integrated seating position

successful chassis

lively handling

enormous riding pleasure.

Polarising look

small TFT display

somewhat indirect front wheel feel

cruise control only available in SP variant

Kawasaki Z900 2019

Kawasaki Z900 2019

Fortunately, the new Kawasaki Z900 has lost none of its character through the use of electronics. It is and remains a playful mid-range naked bike, which at the same time masters the brisk pace on the country road magnificently. The riding pleasure and suitability for everyday use are high, the now installed riding aids offer a plus in safety. Your opponents will have a really hard time from now on.

Light and natural handling with high stability

Silky engine with full pull from mid revs

High chassis transparency, great feedback

Sitting position with feel-good factor

Fair price

TFT display mounted too low

Cumbersome menu operation

Rear view mirrors offer modest visibility

Price Comparison Avarage Market Price Yamaha MT-09 vs Kawasaki Z900

There are a few key differences between a Yamaha MT-09 2021 and a Kawasaki Z900 2019. In terms of price, the actual average price of a Kawasaki Z900 2019 is about 2% higher. Compared to Kawasaki Z900 2019 there are less Yamaha MT-09 2021 bikes available on the 1000PS.de Marketplace, specifically 14 compared to 39. It takes less time to sell a Kawasaki Z900 with 116 days compared to 120 days for the Yamaha MT-09. Since model year 2013 1000PS.de editors have written 57 reviews for the Yamaha MT-09 and 46 reviews for the Kawasaki Z900 since model year 2017. The first review for the Yamaha MT-09 was published on 6/10/2013 and now has more than 39,900 views. This compares to more than 93,200 views for the first review on Kawasaki Z900 published on 11/11/2016.

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