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2021 Yamaha MT-09 has three cylinders, two wheels and a heart of gold

It's also got a sub-$10,000 price tag that should have naked bike fans lining up around the block.

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Kyle Hyatt

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Yamaha's MT-09 has been a fan favorite since it launched in 2014.

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The bike's mix of a charismatic, powerful engine and engaging chassis continues into 2021.

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The new CP3 engine gets a displacement bump to 890cc.

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This is good for a 6% increase in torque and a nice, flat torque curve.

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The bike also benefits from a new, IMU-based rider aid suite.

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This includes lean-sensitive ABS, traction control, wheelie control, slide control and more.

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The bike even manages to weight eight pounds less than the outgoing model while boasting a stiffer chassis.

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The real surprise with the 2021 MT-09, though, is the price tag.

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The 2021 model comes in at just $9,399 -- only $400 more than the 2020 model.

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Yamaha likely has a hit on its hands with the 2021 MT-09.

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