Yamaha recently revealed the updated MT-09. Now the Japanese bike maker has introduced the high-performance SP variant of its triple-cylinder street naked motorcycle. The MT-09 SP comes with a host of upgrades, including revamped styling, new electronics, and enhanced underpinnings.
What is the Yamaha MT-09 SP?
The SP version incorporates several updates seen in the standard model. These include both aggressive styling and ergonomics. It features the new Brembo master cylinder and goes a step further by adding Brembo Stylema callipers at the front. This ensures a superior braking performance.
In terms of suspension, the MT-09 SP boasts new fully adjustable units at both ends. The front suspension comprises a DLC-coated 41mm KYB fork. It gets adjustable preload, rebound along with high- and low-speed compression damping. At the rear, it is equipped with a fully-adjustable Ohlins shock, complete with a remote preload adjuster, enhancing the bike’s overall handling and comfort.
Additionally, the MT-09 SP offers an expanded range of riding modes. In addition to the Sport, Street, and Rain modes found in the standard version, the SP variant introduces two custom Rider modes and four exclusive Track modes. The Track modes feature a prominent lap-timer on the 5-inch TFT display, providing riders with a track-focused experience. These custom modes allow fine-tuning of the Engine Brake Management (EBM) and Brake Control (BC) settings and permit the disengagement of ABS at the rear wheel, catering to individual preferences and riding styles.
One notable addition is the introduction of Yamaha’s Smart Key system, making the MT-09 SP the first model in the MT lineup to feature this technology. The keyless system enables users to lock/unlock the handlebar and fuel filler, as well as start the motorcycle without the need for a physical key, enhancing convenience and security.
Yamaha MT-09 SP plans for India
Although the MT-09 was temporarily removed from the Indian market due to BS6 emissions regulations, Yamaha has expressed interest in reintroducing the motorcycle now that it complies with the latest standards. However, it remains uncertain whether the top-spec MT-09 SP version will make its way to India, leaving enthusiasts eagerly awaiting further announcements from the company.