Yamaha’s new MT-09 2021 naked bike is faster, sharper and better equipped than before, yet its styling updates remain a point of contention among fans of the brand.

When INFO MOTO shared leaked images of the new MT-09, just days before its official unveiling, readers were struck by its design direction.

Some have praised its daring looks, however, the MT-09’s centrally mounted LED headlight design and unconventional exhaust seems to have left something to be desired for the majority of its fans.

Yamaha MT-09 2021

While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, the updated Yamaha MT-09 is far more than a styling exercise, and offers significant performance and tech enhancements compared to the outgoing model.

Most notably, the triple-cylinder engine has grown from 847cc to 889cc, which translates to a 3kW power jump for a total output of 87.5kW and 93Nm.

The 2021 MT-09 has a unique stance thanks in part to a new aluminium frame and lighter wheels, while the inclusion of six-axis lean-angle-sensitive rider aids should significantly enhance the bike’s cornering manners.

Yamaha MT-09 2021

Borrowing from the high performance YZF-R1, the new rider aid suite includes three-level traction control, slide control, front wheel lift control and brake control as standard.

Other updates extend to a new 3.5-inch TFT display with a bar-type tacho, a standard-fit up/down quickshifter, a radial front brake master cylinder, fully adjustable front forks (41mm travel) and adjustable rear suspension to match an all-new swingarm.

Yamaha MT TFT

Local pricing has yet to be confirmed, however, the current Yamaha MT-09 is available from $14,249 rideaway.

The MT naked bike family, which includes the learner friendly MT-03 and MT-07, as well as the hi-po MT-10, will likely follow the new MT-09’s design direction in the future.

It is also possible that Yamaha is preparing a new XSR900 modern retro that will adopt the MT-09’s performance upgrades.

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3 years ago

Nice one Spencer. As a Buell Lightning owner, the exhaust is conventional for me. Part of Eriks, unsprung weight, mass centralisation gig. I reckon it works….

Good one Yammy. … ??