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Yamaha unveil new MT-09 SP for 2021

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Yamaha’s aggressive new model launch programme for 2021 is continuing with news of a new MT-09 SP, which is an upspecced version of the all-new MT-09 first revealed two weeks ago.

The new MT-09 SP is smarter, sharper and more exclusive, with high end suspension and a new colour scheme, inspired by the R1M superbike.

Announced last month, the standard MT-09 comes with a heavily revised, 119bhp, 889cc Euro5-compliant CP3 engine enclosed in an all-new aluminium die-cast frame. The MT-09 comes with revised rider aids, such as a quick shifter, traction control, wheel lift control and a brake control system. As well as that, the dashboard has had an upgrade, introducing a modern full-colour 3.5-inch TFT display, while the styling has been revised to reflect the new ‘MT’ family design also seen on the MT-07, which was revealed last week.

For the SP version, the MT-09 gains upgraded suspension, with a fully-adjustable KYB front suspension package to go with the Öhlins rear shock absorber. There’s also a new double-stitched seat and the R1 inspired colour scheme, which features a new blue and black livery on the air duct and fuel tank. To add to the rider aids featured on the standard MT-09, the MT-09 SP will also feature a cruise control system for a more relaxing ride. Riders can choose to activate cruise control at speeds of at least 30mph and in fourth gear and above.

Another feature that is exclusive to the MT-09 SP is the aluminium frame which features a unique brushed and anodized surface that complements the new Crystal Graphite frame.

MT-09 SP and MT-09 technical highlights: 

New 889cc inline three-cylinder 12-valve DOHC liquid-cooled EU5 engine

- More power at all engine speeds than the outgoing model

- 7% increase in maximum torque at lower rpm

- 4bhp increase in maximum power, to 119bhp

- New 2.3kg lighter CF die-cast aluminium Deltabox chassis

- Lower 189kg wet weight – 4kg reduction and the lightest in 900cc naked class

- Shorter wheelbase for more dynamic handling

- New lightweight aluminium swingarm

- Bare and beautiful ‘coverless’ new generation MT styling

- Premium quality throughout, with Crystal Graphite frame 

- Full LED lighting with Y-shape brand signature icon front and rear

- New Quick Shift System with up and downshift functions

- Refined A&S clutch

- Light and compact new six-axis IMU

- Lean-sensitive rider aids: TCS, SCS and LIFt with three intervention modes

- ABS and Brake Control system (BC)

- D-MODE switchable engine running modes

- New ultra-light Spin-Forged 17-inch 10-spoke wheels

- Larger 180/70-17 rear tyre with 120/70-17 front tyre

- Full colour 3.5-inch TFT instruments with remote handlebar switch

- Radial front master cylinder, 298mm dual front discs 

The new MT-09 SP will be available in an exclusive Icon Performance colour scheme and is expected to arrive in UK Yamaha dealerships from March 2021.

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