Yamaha Motor Australia has revealed its new flagship middleweight naked bike, the MT-09SP, which will sit above the standard MT-09 when it hits local showrooms in the first quarter of 2021.
The high-spec SP follows the base MT-09 in adopting Yamaha’s new design language, larger engine and advanced rider-assistance suite, but also gains a number of performance parts and exterior niceties.
Exclusive to the MT-09SP is a dedicated blue/black paint scheme, a double-stitched seat, an anodised brushed aluminium swingarm, as well as peripheral upgrades like black handlebars and levers and unique brake reservoirs.
On the performance front, the Yamaha MT-09SP boasts a premium, fully adjustable KYB front fork, while an Ohlins shock absorber allows for compression and damping adjustment at the rear.
For 2021, the MT-09 range is shorter in wheelbase with a new Deltabox chassis, hosting lighter wheels and a more powerful triple-cylinder engine.
Specifically, the engine has grown from 847cc to 889cc, with outputs lifted by 3kW for a total output of 87.5kW and 93Nm.
Importantly, the updated engine is matched with a significantly stronger six-axis rider-assistance suite borrowed from the YZF-R1 sportsbike.
The enhanced rider aids see three-level traction control, slide control, front wheel lift control and brake control as standard.
Also new is a 3.5-inch TFT display with a bar-type tacho, while an up/down quickshifter is standard and braking is enhanced by a new radial front brake master cylinder.
Yamaha has this week confirmed that the larger MT-10 range, including the high-spec MT-10SP, will carry over from the current model in three colourways, Ice Fluo, Icon Blue and Tech Black.
Entry to the MT family starts with the MT-03, which will also carry over for 2021, albeit with three new colour schemes, Storm Fluo, Icon Blue and Tech Black.
Pricing for Yamaha’s 2021 model range has yet to be locked in, however, the current range is priced from $7299 rideaway for the LAMS-approved MT-03, followed by the MT-07 ($11,849), MT-09 ($14,249) and MT-10 ($21,299).
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