New Yamaha MT-09 Introduced With Fresh Design and Updated Tech

A decade after introducing the original game-changing MT-09 naked motorcycle, Yamaha has unveiled the third-generation model. This iteration presents a fresh face, refined riding ergonomics, and updated electronics while retaining the core elements from the 2021 version, including its iconic 117bhp ‘CP3’ three-cylinder engine and a cast aluminum Deltabox frame.

The 2024 MT-09 boasts a number of updates. Most striking is the revamped bodywork and styling, featuring new LED lights, a sportier riding posture, more agile steering geometry, improved brakes, a modernized dashboard, enhanced switchgear, and the addition of advanced features like cruise control.

This ‘new-look’ MT-09 represents a significant transformation. At the front, the design draws inspiration from Yamaha’s YZ motocross machines. A redesigned fuel tank, a distinctive LED front light cluster comprising a projector headlamp and twin riding lights, and a unique rear LED unit with separate tail and brake lights redefine its appearance. The two-piece seat complements the minimalist bodywork.

Riders will appreciate the lower and two-way adjustable handlebar and a slightly increased steering angle. The new footrests are positioned 30.6mm farther back and 9.5mm higher and offer two adjustment settings. Passenger comfort is improved with redesigned pillion footrests, a revised rear brake pedal, and gear levers, the latter still equipped with a quickshifter.

Practicality is enhanced with a substantial addition—a five-inch TFT display and corresponding switchgear. This technology, derived from the 2023 Tracer 9 GT+ and Niken GT, features four display themes, an intuitive design, built-in connectivity through Yamaha’s MyRide app, and compatibility with Garmin’s StreetCross satnav app system. Besides the standard riding modes, two custom modes allow riders to personalize power, traction, and slide control settings, among others.

Notable new features include cruise control, the Back Slip Regulator, which assists with rear wheel lock during engine braking, a Brembo radial master cylinder for improved front braking, Bridgestone’s latest Battlax Hypersport S23 tires, and an acoustic amplifier grille designed to enhance the exhaust note.

The 2024 MT-09 will be offered in three distinctive colors: Midnight Cyan, Icon Blue, and Tech Black. While it will make its debut at the Motorcycle Live show at the NEC from November 18 to 26, pricing and availability details are yet to be disclosed.

1. Sharper, more compact looks including re-designed bi-functional LED headlight
2. New 5” full-colour TFT screen with smartphone connectivity and navigation
3. Customisable riding experience via Yamaha Ride Control (YRC) settings
4. Modify YRC settings via smartphone with the MyRide app
5. Handlebar and footpeg position modified for a more engaged riding experience adjustable into two positions
6. Separated new seat unit
7. Precise formed new fuel tank
8. Acoustic amplifier grille
9. Latest 890cc, three-cylinder, four-valve DOHC liquid-cooled, EU5+ CP3 engine
10. Six-axis IMU with a full suite of lean-sensitive rider aids now including Back SlipRegulator (BSR)
11. Cruise control
12. New Brembo radial master cylinder
13. Third generation quickshifter
14. New Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 M tyres
15. Adjustable suspension for enhanced sports riding
16. Lightweight CF aluminium die-cast frame
17. Yamaha’s SpinForged wheels for agile handling

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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