Video Review: The mighty 2019 Yamaha MT-09SP
The MT-09SP comes with a special Ohlins shock, four-way adjustable KYB forks, special paint and other goodies over the standard MT-09... Video Review: Jeff Ware
The Yamaha MT-09 is a ripper of a little bike, with an exciting and engaging triple-cylinder powerplant that is always fun, no matter what conditions you are riding in. Matching the motor is a top chassis that is light, nimble, highly engaging and performs over a wide range of road conditions. Check out our full MT-09 review with detailed tech breakout here.
The SP version, tested here, is the $14,279 (extra $1734) up-specced MT-09 with the top brass suspension. The full written review is on the way shortly. Enjoy the Video Review!
2019 Yamaha MT-09SP features
- Öhlins remotely adjustable rear shock
- Fully adjustable KYB front forks with rebound and two-way compression damping
- Exclusive MT-10SP inspired Silver Blu Carbon colour scheme
- Blue stitched seams on seat
- Blue wheels with SP graphics
- Class-leading handling performance
- Black handlebar controls and instruments
Öhlins and Yamaha have been working closely together on a range of projects for many years and the two brands have much in common. Each company shares a commitment to performance and both brands are recognised as being the leading innovators in their own respective fields.
In order to give riders even greater possibilities to explore the outstanding performance of the triple cylinder torque-rich crossplane engine, Yamaha’s designers have specified an Öhlins rear shock absorber for the new MT-09SP. This premium rear suspension system offers higher levels of adjustability via an easily accessible remote adjuster, allowing riders to fine tune their settings and achieve class-leading handling performance and enhanced controllability.
MT-09SP owners also have the possibility to fine-tune their suspension set up with a range of optional Öhlins rear springs that are available in a range of different rates from the Genuine Yamaha accessories line-up. By fitting an optional rear spring that matches their riding style and weight, every owner can create their ultimate suspension system.
Both the MT-09 and MT-09SP are fitted with Kayaba (KYB) front forks. The standard MT-09 has adjustable front forks where one leg is for rebound and the other is for compression. The MT-09SP has adjustable front forks where both legs can be adjusted for rebound and compression damping, and this difference allows more fine-tuning of the front suspension settings.
To complement its premium specification, the MT-09SP is finished in an exclusive Silver Blu Carbon colour scheme that matches the design featured on the MT-10SP.
The fuel tank features silver sides with blue upper sections, and has a stylish MT-09SP water transfer graphic on each side, as well as a 3D Yamaha tuning fork logo. The headlight cowl and seat cowl are painted silver, while the front fender has a blue/black finish with SP graphics.
To complete the exclusive SP look the lightweight 10-spoke wheels are finished in blue – just like the MT-10 SP – and the wheels feature MT-09SP graphics. The SP theme is continued in the seat, which features distinctive blue stitching that complements the tank and wheels.
The high quality feel and exclusive looks of the MT-09SP are complemented by the use of black handlebars, black control levers and a black handlebar crown.
Unlike most other bikes in the class, the MT-09SP’s special LCD instrument panel displays white information against a black background, giving higher levels of clarity during daytime riding.
2019 Yamaha MT-09SP technical highlights
- 847cc, 115hp, 193kg wet
- CP3, 847cc, 3-cylinder crossplane engine
- Quick Shift System for clutchless upshifts (QSS)
- Assist and Slipper clutch (A&S)
- D-MODE adjustable engine character
- Lightweight aluminium frame and swingarm
- LED twin-eye headlights
- Switchable Traction Control System (TCS)
- Swingarm mounted licence plate holder
- LED position lights
2019 Yamaha MT-09SP Specifications
Engine: Liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-stroke, four-valves, three-cylinder, 847cc, 78 x 59.1mm bore x stroke, 11.5:1 compression ratio, EFI, TCI, D-MODE,
Clutch type: Wet, multiple disc, Slip & Assist
Transmission: Constant mesh, 6-speed
Front suspension system – Kayaba telescopic forks, 137mm travel
Caster angle: 24º
Rear suspension system: Ohlins Coil spring/Gas-hydraulic damper, 142mm travel
Front brake: Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 298 mm, ABS
Rear brake: Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm, ABS
Tyres: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), 180/55ZR17M/C (73W)
Overall length: 2075 mm
Overall width: 815 mm
Overall height: 1120 mm
Seat height: 820 mm
Wheel base: 1440 mm
Minimum ground clearance: 135 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank):193 kg
Fuel tank capacity: 14 L
Warranty: 24 months, unlimited kms, parts and labour
Colours: Silver Blu Carbon
RRP (inc GST): $14,279 + ORC