Powered by its massive 102-cubic-inch, air-cooled, 48-degree, V-twin motor with pushrod OHV and four valves per cylinder, the 2009 Yamaha Warrior is one aggressive beast of a bike. This 650-pound machine offers riders the unique experience of owning a comfortable cruiser, combined with the speed, agility, and instant throttle response of a sport bike.
The 2009 Yamaha Warrior has an innovative twin-bore electronic fuel injection system with a throttle position sensor and a 1670cc engine with a 97mm x 113mm bore and stroke and an 8.1:1 compression ratio, making it the closest you can get to a VMAX in a V-twin bike. Using 3-D digital ignition mapping for each cylinder, the Warrior's state-of-the-art electronic control unit (ECU) ensures precisely metered fuel delivery and optimal ignition spark control.
The Yamaha Warrior's exterior is enticingly long and low. A full 93.9 inches long and 44.1 inches high, with a seat height of just 28.1 inches, the Warrior is all about responsive handling. The bike features a class-exclusive aluminum double-cradle frame and swing arm that boosts the bike's rigidity by a full 41 percent, for a dramatic increase in durability and strength. The 65.6-inch wheelbase, along with a huge 200/50-ZR17 rear tire, delivers exceptional cornering results, while the 41mm Kayaba inverted forked front-end suspension and single rear shock cushion your ride beautifully. All of these features add to the overall sport-oriented stability of the bike.
With a bike as big and heavy as the 2009 Yamaha Warrior, you're going to need a strong braking system. Luckily, the Warrior comes standard with 298mm dual hydraulic discs up front, and single disc brakes in the rear, so you'll have more than enough stopping power for any situation.
If there's one sore spot on the 2009 Yamaha Warrior's stat sheet, it can be argued that the bike's reported 39 mpg is not all that impressive. The extra-wide four-gallon fuel tank does offer a generous supply of fuel, however, so there's still plenty of blacktop to enjoy between fill-ups.
The 2009 Yamaha Warrior is available in two models, Standard and Midnight. The only difference between the two is aesthetic in nature, as the engine, the five-speed transmission, the two-in-one exhaust system, and the tires are the same on both models. The Standard Warrior features a two-tone Liquid Silver color scheme and plenty of chrome, whereas the Midnight Warrior has an Onyx color scheme complete with a black air cleaner, exhaust, and engine covers.
The Yamaha Warrior's instrumentation has everything you need to enjoy your ride in comfort and confidence. It has a digital headlight-mounted tachometer, odometer, and dual trip meters, and the speedometer is of the old-fashioned triple clamp-mounted variety. The low-sitting seat is a two-piece saddle that's generously wide and flat for superior rider comfort, and the powerful 12V 60/55-watt multi-reflector halogen headlight delivers exceptional visibility in all types of weather and driving conditions.