Yamaha MT-09 SP (2024) - Technical Review


Price: £TBA | Power: 117.3bhp | Weight: 194kg | Overall BikeSocial Rating: TBA


Hot on the heels of the 2024 Yamaha MT09 announcement, comes confirmation of its sportier brethren, the MT-09 SP, with similar upgrades. but of course, being the SP it goes one step further. Three years on since the model's last upgrade – that time seems to have passed by too quickly – for 2024 the superb three-cylinder engined middleweight roadster gets updates to suspension, brakes, appearance and “track-focused technology and electronics”.


Pros & Cons

  • Sumptuous triple gets even more entertaining
  • Improved suspension and brakes increase rider comfort
  • New dash and switchgear
  • Track mode and other tech enhancements
  • ‘Slumped’ headlight appearance will divide the crowd
  • Catalytic convertor is bound to look well-used after one run
  • Just one colour option
2024 Yamaha MT-09: Superior Darkness
Check the Yamaha prmotional video to see the new MT-09 SP for 2024
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Review – In Detail

Price & PCP
For and against
Engine & Performance
Handling & Suspension (inc. weight & brakes)
Comfort & Economy


2024 Yamaha MT-09 SP Price

Yamaha says the 2024 MT-09 SP isn’t due in UK dealers until June 2024 and, while at the launch of the model the price has yet to be confirmed, it will be confirmed “in the coming weeks.”

For reference, the outgoing 2021-2023 model is available for £11,310, so the new one won’t be any less than that.

Unlike the standard MT-09 which is available in three colour schemes – Midnight Cyan, Icon Blue and Tech Black – the ‘SP’ variant has its own exclusive R1M inspired Icon Performance colour with brushed aluminium swingarm.



2024 Yamaha MT-09 SP Engine & Performance

The iconically torquey and wonderfully entertaining 890cc three-cylinder engine is virtually unchanged for 2024 and therefore retains identical performance figures of 117.3hp (119PS, 87.5kW) at 10,000rpm and 68.6lb-ft of torque (93Nm) at 7,000rpm but Yamaha has ensured the engine is compliant with the latest EU5+ emissions regulations.

As with the non-SP 2024 MT-09, the engine’s new design includes revised air intake ducts that are said to “accentuate the high-frequency sounds of the engine”, feeding them directly to the rider via an acoustic amplifier grille.

The bike’s electronics receive more than just a tweak as the 6-axis IMU (the brains of the bike) offer not on the three riding modes – Sport, Street and Rain – but there are two further Custom modes. The SP gains an exclusive Track mode too with four extra patterns to customise allowing for refinements to engine braking, brake control and ABS, either via the dash or MyRide app. Track mode is accompanied by a dedicated SP-exclusive theme on the bike’s 5” full colour TFT screen which naturally includes a lap timer.

The IMU-assisted tech is also improved for 2024 with the addition of a Back Slip Regulator (BSR) that stabilises the rear wheel during engine braking by controlling the torque fed to the wheel. This works in addition to the Slide Control function that detects sideways movement by the pitch and yaw of the bike. A third generation quickshifter has been added to the six-speed transmission.



2024 Yamaha MT-09 SP Handling & Suspension (inc. Weight & Brakes)

For the headline upgrades you’ve come to the right section. While the chassis was completely revamped for the 2021 model, the 2024 MT-09 SP gains updated suspension with 41mm KYB forks at the front, still fully-adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping, but with a higher spring rate for refined damping. The same goes for the Ohlins monoshock at the rear which too is adjustable for compression and rebound damping with a remote preload adjuster.

Bridgestone’s recently launched Battlax Hypersport S23 tyres are added instead of the previous S22s.

The brakes are updated too with the Brembo Stylema monoblock calipers at the front and rear while weight increases slightly for the 2024 model, rising by 1kg to 194kg.


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2024 Yamaha MT-09 SP Comfort & Economy

Just like the 2024 MT-09, the new look includes a redesigned fuel tank which increases steering lock range courtesy of its lower-profile shape, though its capacity remains at 14 litres. A new split seat unit and redesigned bi-functional LED headlight gives a noticeable new look.

The riding position has been revised to give the rider a sportier stance with lower bars and higher, more rear-set pegs than before. The bars and pegs are both adjustable, too, each with two possible positions to choose from to tailor the posture to suit riders of different sizes.

An adjustable clutch lever is also a new addition alongside the already adjustable brake lever.

Fuel consumption and emissions are unaltered, with the same claimed 56.5mpg economy as before so the bike’s theoretical overall range to empty is still 174 miles but ride it like it was designed to be ridden and that figure becomes entertainingly unrealistic.



2024 Yamaha MT-09 SP Equipment

Not only does the MT-09 SP feature newly designed switchgear, but straight from the Tracer 9 GT+ and Niken GT comes a new 5” colour TFT dash offering four different themes and the aforementioned SP-only Track theme. As you’d expect, the free MyRide app allows connectivity between your smartphone and the bike, controllable via the dash, but it also includes operation of the riding mode settings.

New indicator settings (soft-click for three flashes, or hard click for continuous flashing) include a self-cancel function, as well as a new emergency stop signal that engages the hazard lights when under braking. Rubbish for track use but an important safety feature for the roads.

The SP also becomes the first Yamaha hyper naked to feature the firm’s Smart Key System meaning the engine can be started and the fuel tank cap can even be operated by a dedicated switch.



2024 Yamaha MT-09 SP Rivals

This excitable middleweight class is a bubbling cauldron of power wheelies, lightweight chassis’, hi-spec brakes and a bag of electronics to keep it all under control, and the MT-09 SP’s three-cylinder layout and appealing cost:performance ratio mean it’s always been a hard bike to beat, but consider these alternatives too:


KTM 890 Duke GP| Price: £10,699

Power/Torque: 114bhp/67.9lb-ft | Weight: 169kg (dry)


Ducati Monster SP | Price: £13,995

Power/Torque: 110bhp/69lb-ft | Weight: 186kg (kerb)


Triumph Street Triple 765 RS | Price: £11,295

Power/Torque: 128.2bhp/59lb-ft | Weight: 188kg (kerb)



2024 Yamaha MT-09 Verdict

We’ll let you know when we’ve ridden it but if it’s better than the 2021 bike then we’re in for a treat!


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Keyless ignition brings convenience and ease of use to the SP


2024 Yamaha MT-09 - Technical Specification

New price

From £TBA



Bore x Stroke

78.0 × 62.1 mm

Engine layout

In-Line Three-Cylinder

Engine details

4-stroke, Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves


117.3 bhp (87.5kW) @ 10,000 rpm


68.6 lb-ft (93.0Nm) @ 7,000 rpm


Constant Mesh, 6-speed, chain drive, quickshifter

Average fuel consumption

56.5mpg claimed

Tank size

14 litres

Max range to empty

174 miles

Rider aids

Six-axis IMU with lean-sensitive rider aids, including Back Slip Regulator (BSR). Plus cornering ABS, cornering traction control, slide control system, wheelie control, brake control. Cruise control, three pre-set riding modes (Sport, Street and Rain) plus customisable modes, and the new Track mode.


Diamond die-cast aluminium

Front suspension

41mm USD KYB forks with DLC gold finish. 130mm travel

Front suspension adjustment

Fully adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping

Rear suspension

Öhlins monoshock, 117mm travel

Rear suspension adjustment

Adjustable compression and rebound plus preload

Front brake

298mm discs, four-piston radial calipers, radial Brembo master cylinder

Rear brake

245mm disc, single piston caliper

Front wheel / tyre

Spinforged alloy wheel, 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) Tubeless Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 M

Rear wheel / tyre

Spinforged alloy wheel, 180/55ZR17M/C (73W) Tubeless Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 M

Dimensions (LxWxH)

2090mm x 820mm x 1145mm



Seat height



193kg (kerb)


2 yrs unlimited mileage parts and labour

MCIA Secured Rating

Not yet rated




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What is MCIA Secured?

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  • A steering lock that meets the UNECE 62 standard
  • An ignition immobiliser system
  • A vehicle marking system
  • An alarm system
  • A vehicle tracking system with subscription

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