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We exclusively revealed that Yamaha was planning an SP version of the MT-09 way back in August – and here it is, exactly as we expected.
While the MT-09 has been a runaway success for Yamaha, it has long been clear that its impressive 847cc, 115hp three-cylinder engine would be even better if matched to some classier suspension. And that’s precisely what the MT-09 SP does.
Gone are the worthy but budget forks and shock of the stock MT-09. In their place come a set of new upside-down forks, fully adjustable for both compression and rebound, and an Ohlins rear shock complete with remote adjuster.
What’s more, Yamaha is adding a range of different rear springs to its options range, so buyers can specify their MT-09 SPs to match their weight and riding style.
Of course, there’s a style element in the MT-09 SP, and unsurprisingly it takes its cues from the high-spec MT-10 SP – itself effectively a naked version of the R1M superbike.
The silver-and-blue colours have become an ‘SP’ hallmark, as are the blue-painted wheels. Even the seat has blue stitching, while the bars and controls are finished in black.
The MT-09 SP will reach dealers in January 2018. Prices are to be announced, but the MT-10SP has already shown that despite being significantly more expensive than the base MT-10, it can achieve similarly high sales.
Engine: 847cc three-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC.
Power: 115hp @10,000rpm
Torque: 87.5Nm @8500rpm
Weight: 193kg (wet)