2018 New MT-09 SP

MT-09 Going deeper into the Dark Side of Japan

Yamaha's distinctive Hyper Naked models have made an indelible impression on the world of motorcycling since the first MT-09 was revealed to a captivated audience in late 2013. Inspired by a radical new wave of creativity coming out of the alternative biking culture in the Dark Side of Japan, the ground breaking MT-09 brought a whole new fun riding experience to the naked category.

A true success story, over 150,000 MT motorcycles sold
Today's Yamaha Hyper Naked range includes MT models from 125cc through to 1000cc, giving every rider the chance to experience the thrilling torque riding emotion and distinctive streetwise looks inspired by the creative forces emanating from the Dark Side of Japan.

With sales of more than 48,000 units between 2013 and 2017, the MT-09 is one of Yamaha's best selling large-capacity models in Europe, where it is widely regarded as the definitive naked sports bike. As well as selling in record numbers, this Hyper Naked all rounder has also earned the total respect of the press and public, having won a range of prestigious awards from the motorcycle industry's leading consumer publications.

Since its 2014 launch, the MT-07 has become one of Yamaha's most successful motorcycles of all time, with 80,000 new units purchased in just 4 years, making it Yamaha's best selling over 125cc model. In fact, the MT-07 accounted for 36% of all sales in its category in 2016, underlining its position as the definitive all round motorcycle.

Along with the MT-125, MT-03 and MT-10, the MT Family has proved to be an outstanding success for Yamaha, and between 2013 and 2017 over 150,000 customers have chosen an MT as their new motorcycle.

New MT-09 SP. Challenge the Darkness

The MT range is constantly evolving and moving ahead in the never-ending quest to give every motorcyclist the opportunity to get the most out of every ride. Coming just one year after the launch of the new MT-09 - that has been a huge sales success in its first season - the Hyper Naked segment will be further strengthened by the launch of the new MT-09 SP.

The SP suffix is reserved for a small number of exclusive Yamaha models including the MT-10 SP that offer a premium specification with an emphasis on sport performance. Featuring a high standard specification that includes Öhlins equipment as well as dedicated colouring and unique finishing, the radical new MT-09 SP builds on the significant strengths of the MT brand, and takes the Hyper Naked riding experience to a new extreme.

New Öhlins remotely adjustable rear shock
Öhlins and Yamaha have been working closely together on a range of projects for many years, and the two brands have much in common. Each company shares a total commitment to performance, and both brands are recognised as being the leading innovators in their own respective fields.

In order to give Hyper Naked riders even greater possibilities to explore the outstanding performance of the 3-cylinder torque-rich crossplane engine, Yamaha's designers have specified an Öhlins rear shock absorber for the new MT-09 SP. This premium rear suspension system offers higher levels of adjustability via an easily accessible remote adjuster, allowing riders to fine tune their settings and achieve class-leading handling performance and enhanced controllability.

MT-09 SP owners also have the possibility to fine-tune their suspension set up with a range of optional Öhlins rear springs that are available in a range of different rates from the Genuine Yamaha accessories line-up. By fitting an optional rear spring that matches their riding style and weight, every owner can create their ultimate suspension system.

Newadjustable front forks
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.

Special MT-10 SP style colour scheme
To complement its premium specification, the MT-09 SP is finished in an exclusive Silver Blu Carbon colour scheme that matches the design featured on the MT-10 SP.

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.

Black handlebars, levers and crown
The high quality feel and exclusive looks of the MT-09 SP are complemented by the use of black handlebars, black control levers and a black handlebar crown.

Special LCD instrument panel
Unlike most other bikes in the class, the MT-09 SP's special LCD instrument panel displays white information against a black background, giving higher levels of clarity during daytime riding. As well as its practical advantages, this high quality panel refines this class-leading motorcycle's impressive appearance.

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 colour scheme
  • Blue stitched seams on seat
  • Blue wheels with SP graphics
  • Class-leading handling performance
  • Black handlebar controls and instruments

Colour: Silver Blu Carbon

Availability: January 2018

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 aluminium frame and swing arm
  • Aggressive LED twin-eye headlights
  • Switchable Traction Control System (TCS)
  • Swingarm mounted licence plate holder
  • LED position lights
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