Yamaha has revealed significant updates for its MT-09 middleweight naked bike range, including the flagship MT-09SP variant, which is expected to hit Australian showrooms in the first half of 2024.
The first major update to the MT-09 platform since 2021 is headlined by new design elements, including a redesigned fuel tank, a more compact LED headlight unit and bodywork said to have drawn inspiration from Yamaha’s YZ motocross models.
Interestingly, Yamaha has explained in a press release that the new fuel tank and grille, which also hides a revised airbox, accentuates sound to provide the rider with amplified tones from the bike’s carry-over triple-cylinder engine (889cc, 87kW/93Nm).
Another major change is the MT-09’s riding position, with the so-called ‘rider triangle’ now adjusted for more freedom of movement while maintaining a ‘sporty’ forward-leaning stance.
Rounding out the ergonomic changes are new brake and gear shift pedals which are now made from forged aluminum, as well as now-separated rider and passenger seats. A USB-C port can be found under then redesigned rider seat.
Performance upgrades see the inclusion of a Brembo radial master cylinder, refined rear suspension linkage, and the inclusion of sticky Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 M tyres.
On the technology front, Yamaha has upgraded the MT-09 range with a 5.0-inch TFT screen with updated software, an optional Bluetooth connectivity system, revised switchgear and more advanced rider mode adjustment.
As before, the MT-09 is fitted with a six-axis IMU as standard, however, the 2024 models includes a ‘back slip regulator’ which functions like a slipper clutch and improves stability when the rear wheel is locked by modulating torque output.
Other changes for the 2024 MT-09 includes a revised cruise control system, an emergency stop signal which engages hazard lights under heavy braking, and a recalibrated up/down quickshifter which will not operate in certain conditions to ‘maintain a more natural feeling’.
Meanwhile, the higher-spec MT-09SP adopts all of the above upgrades, as well as four customisable ‘TRACK’ rider modes, Brembo Stylema brake calipers, a fully adjustable Ohlins rear shock, a keyless ignition, upgraded KYB forks and a brushed aluminium swingarm.
Yamaha’s local wing has yet to reveal pricing, although for reference, the current MT-09 range is priced from $16,399 rideaway, or $18,889 for the SP variant.
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