Yamaha MT-09 SP revealed, MT-07 updated at EICMA 2017: bestsellers just got better

The definitive naked sports bike, now with more fun!

The MT-07 is not just one of Yamaha's best sellers, but it's also one of the most important bikes in its category. The MT-09 is enjoying the same success. And now, we have exciting updates for both.

The new MT-09 SP is an exclusive Yamaha line that puts emphasis on sports performance. Featuring a high standard specification that includes Öhlins equipment as well as dedicated coloring and unique finishing, the MT-09 SP is just like a good old-fashioned MT-09, but more extreme. 

In order to give Hyper Naked riders even greater possibilities to explore the powerful 3-cylinder crossplane engine, Yamaha's designers have specified a Öhlins rear shock absorber for the new MT-09 SP. This premium rear suspension system offers higher levels of adjustability via a remote adjuster, allowing riders to fine-tune their settings for better control and comfort.

MT-09 SP owners can also fine-tune their suspension set up, matching their riding style and weight with a range of optional Öhlins rear springs that are available in a range of different rates from the Genuine Yamaha accessories line-up. 

Both the MT-09 and MT-09 SP are fitted with Kayaba front forks. The standard MT-09 has adjustable front forks where one leg is for rebound and the other is for compression. The MT-09 SP has adjustable front forks where both legs can be adjusted for rebound and compression damping, and this difference allows more fine-tuning of the front suspension settings. Also, check out the exclusive Silver Blu Carbon color scheme! 

The fuel tank features silver sides with blue upper sections and has a stylish MT-09 SP water transfer graphic on each side, as well as a 3D Yamaha tuning fork logo. The headlight cowl and seat cowl are painted silver, while the front fender has a blue/black finish with SP graphics.

To complete the exclusive SP look the lightweight 10-spoke wheels are finished in blue - just like the MT-10 SP - and the wheels feature MT- 09 SP graphics. The SP theme is continued in the seat, which features distinctive blue stitching that complements the tank and wheels.

A nice touch is MT-09 SP's special LCD instrument panel that displays white information against a black background, for better clarity during daytime riding. 

MT-09 SP Exclusive Features

  • New Öhlins remotely adjustable rear shock
  • Fully adjustable front forks with rebound and compression damping
  • Exclusive MT-10 SP inspired Silver Blu Carbon color scheme
  • Blue stitched seams on seat
  • Blue wheels with SP graphics
  • Class-leading handling performance
  • Black handlebar controls and instruments

MT-09 SP Technical Highlights

  • 847cc, 115hp, 193kg
  • Torque-rich CP3, 847cc, 3-cylinder crossplane engine
  • Quick Shift System for clutchless upshifts(QSS)
  • Assist and Slipper clutch (A&S)
  • D-MODE adjustable engine character
  • Lightweight aluminum frame and swingarm
  • Aggressive LED twin-eye headlights
  • Switchable Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Swingarm-mounted license plate holder
  • LED position lights

Yamaha MT-07 updated: what's new

Yamaha's best seller got an all-new body with a bolder headlight that gives a more imposing face, a newly designed fuel tank and MT-09 style 'air intakes' that give a sharper image. A new seat gives an improved riding position for riders of all sizes, while the separate black side panels accentuate the mass-forward design.

For 2018 the front forks are equipped with revised settings that give a sportier character, while the rear suspension is fitted with a new rebound damping adjuster that enables riders to set their bike up to suit their riding style and usage.

The 2-cylinder engine's 270-degree crank remains unchanged and delivers the MT-07 more than enough power for a middleweight bike that's being enjoyed by so many people. All in all, a better-looking bike with its main characteristics optimized.

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