Want to know more about the 2017 Yamaha MT-09?

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You do? Oh, that’s bloody fantastic, because we’re off to the 2017 Yamaha MT-09 press launch next weekend. For next season, Yamaha has jazzed up the already very decent MT-09 package with a clear view to a sportier, more refined ride, adding a dash of aesthetical pleasuring in the process.

It certainly looks sharper. There was a mild element of unfinished about the previous model and the new twin-eye LED setup looks stunning. And more Gucci. However, we’re not completely sold on the reg plate holder’s new housing and it’s already swayed internet opinion. The seat is also flatter and 5mm higher.

Perhaps the 09’s weakest area was the fairly budget suspension that lacked a quality, progressive stroke at the front. Yamaha has upgraded the 41mm forks, which are now fully adjustable and feature compression damping control in the left and rebound in the right tube. This should improve supernaked handling.

The MT’s engine has always been its focal attraction. Hideously fun and dangerously addictive, everything about the crossplane three-pot is exceptional – especially since Yamaha refined the ride-by-wire. The Euro4-compliant motor also gets a much-needed slipper clutch and a quickshifter pinched from the R1.

2017’s MT-09 is very much evolution over revolution, but Yamaha deems the changes extensive enough to host a wheelie-infested press launch. Got any questions? Either drop us a mail or leave a comment below, and we’ll do our best to provide some answers in an upcoming review vid…

 

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  5 comments for “Want to know more about the 2017 Yamaha MT-09?

  1. Bert
    November 22, 2016 at 8:33 pm

    Please tell me Yamaha will also be upgrading the MT09 Tracer too

    ‘Cos that would truly tip the scales for my next bike choice

  2. Paul Whyton
    November 22, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    Hi,
    Can you find out if the extras I’ve just bought for my MT-10 would fit the MT-09. In particular the Akrapovic exhaust and the screen?

    Thanks

    Paul

  3. Ed
    November 22, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    Let us know if you can get more than 150 miles to a tank, bloody annoying that they can’t just make a naked bike with decent mileage…

  4. Jon
    November 24, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Have the changes sorted out the suspension (front and rear)?

    Has Euro4 complicance tamed it at all?

  5. Andy
    December 8, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Hoping for an upgraded tracer also, intending new bike purchase deb 2017, looked at old 09 tracer and 07 tracer but this sounds ideal.

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