Yamaha Motors have unveiled a huge array of model updates for 2018, including the addition of a MT-09 SP version of their popular nakedbike, as well as an updated MT-07, with updated Tracer 900 versions including a GT version.
Here’s a quick run down on these 2018 models and the new features. We’ll run full features on each individual model in the near future.
2018 Yamaha MT-09 SP
The MT range is constantly evolving and coming just one year after the launch of the new MT-09 – that has been a huge sales success in its first season – the Hyper Naked segment will be further strengthened by the launch of the new MT-09 SP.
The SP suffix is reserved for a small number of exclusive Yamaha models including the MT-10 SP that offer a premium specification with an emphasis on sport performance. Featuring a high standard specification that includes Öhlins equipment as well as dedicated colouring and unique finishing, the radical new MT-09 SP builds on the significant strengths of the MT brand, and takes the Hyper Naked riding experience to a new extreme.
In order to give Hyper Naked riders even greater possibilities to explore the outstanding performance of the 3-cylinder torque-rich crossplane engine, Yamaha’s designers have specified an Öhlins rear shock absorber for the new MT-09 SP. 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-09 SP 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-09 SP are fitted with Kayaba front forks. The standard MT-09 has adjustable front forks where one leg is for rebound and the other is for compression. The MT-09 SP 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-09 SP is finished in an exclusive Silver Blu Carbon colour scheme that matches the design featured on the MT-10 SP.
The fuel tank features silver sides with blue upper sections, and has a stylish MT-09 SP 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- 09 SP 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-09 SP 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-09 SP’s special LCD instrument panel displays white information against a black background, giving higher levels of clarity during daytime riding. As well as its practical advantages, this high quality panel refines this class-leading motorcycle’s impressive appearance.
2018 MT-09 SP Exclusive Features
- New Öhlins remotely adjustable rear shock
- Fully adjustable front forks with rebound and compression damping
- Exclusive MT-10 SP 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
- Colour – Silver Blu Carbon
2018 Yamaha MT-07
The MT-07 is one of Yamaha’s most successful motorcycles of all time, with almost 80,000 new units purchased in just four years.
With its characterful and torquey crossplane engine, compact chassis, low weight and agile handling, the Yamaha MT-07 is one of the few motorcycles that appeals to all kinds of riders. Male and female owners of all ages and with varying levels of experience have come to love and appreciate the multi-faceted character of this best-selling Hyper Naked – and with a 35kW version also available, the MT-07 is extremely popular with riders on learner and probational licences.
The MT Hyper Naked models are subject to an on-going development programme, and for 2018 Yamaha’s designers have created an all-new body for this best selling model that enhances its appearance and also gives an improved feeling of quality.
A newly designed fuel tank and MT-09 style ‘air intakes’ give a sharper image and reinforce the MT family look, while a new seat and separate black sidepanels accentuate the mass-forward design.
For 2018 the MT-07 is equipped with a completely new seat design that gives an improved riding position for riders of all sizes. The front of the new seat now extends to the sides of the rear of the fuel tank, giving increased comfort – and the new shape also gives the 2018 model a more integrated profile.
With 130mm travel at both the front and rear, the MT-07’s suspension system is designed to give comfortable, progressive and predictable performance, making it ideal for a wide range of riding conditions.
For 2018 the front forks are equipped with revised settings that give a sportier character, while the rear suspension is fitted with a new rebound damping adjuster that enables riders to set their bike up to suit their riding style and usage.
MT-07 New for 2018 Features
- Completely new body design for enhanced appearance
- New style ‘air intakes’
- Redesigned front headlight
- MT-09 style rear light
- Revised seat shape for improve riding position
- New sportier front fork settings
- Rear shock with rebound damping adjuster
- Colours: Night Fluo, Yamaha Blue, Tech Black
2018 Yamaha Tracer 900 and Tracer 900 GT
Launched three years ago, the Tracer 900 has quickly become established as adefinitive Sport Tourer in the fast growing sub-1000cc class. With its thrilling sports performance, agile handling and the ability to handle long distances with ease, the stylish Tracer 900 has become one of Yamaha’s best-selling models with over 35,000 units sold.
For 2018 Yamaha’s team of designers have concentrated on reinforcing the much loved strengths and values of the Tracer 900, while also introducing a range of updates and changes that are aimed at enhancing the bike’s touring potential – as well as delivering an even more refined, high quality product.
There’s a larger windscreen that offers better upper body weather protection for a more relaxing and enjoyable ride on longer journeys – and with its manual height adjustment facility, it can be quickly set to the desired position. For enhanced passenger comfort the 2018 model also features a revised passenger footrest assembly together with the newly designed grab bars.
Yamaha’s designers have also made subtle but efficient revisions to all of the body panels and covers in order to improve the overall look, feel and quality of the 2018 model. A new air intake area on the front cowl gives a more refined appearance, and the design of the fuel tank’s sidepanels and side wings are also revised to enhance the overall style.
For 2018 the Tracer 900 is equipped with a newly designed aluminium swingarm as well as revised rear shock settings to further enhance the bike’s touring performance, allowing the installation of Genuine hard side cases.
Both the rider’s and passenger’s seats are new for 2018, and as well as giving higher levels of comfort, they also enhance the premium look and feel of the Tracer 900. The rider’s seat can be adapted for height in 2 positions, high and low, to accommodate your personal riding style. Plus, there’s a soft pad on the tank for added rider comfort on longer journeys.
The Tracer 900 also benefits from narrower handlebars together with slimmer and lighter hand guards. The new layout gives a more natural riding position for added comfort, and the new handlebars help to keep the rider’s arms out of the airflow at higher speeds – and the reduced width also helps to improve the bike’s lane filtering abilities – where it’s permitted.
2018 Yamaha Tracer 900 New Features
- More refined, high quality body panel design
- Narrower handlebars with lighter and slimmer hand guards
- Newly designed seating for increased rider/passenger comfort
- New 1-hand adjustable windscreen for better weather protection
- Revised rear geometry for improved touring characteristics
- New passenger footrest assembly gives greater comfort
- New passenger grab bars
- New rear fender
- Colours: Nimbus Grey, Tech Black
2018 Yamaha Tracer 900GT
Joining Yamaha’s Sport Touring range for 2018 is the Tracer 900GT, a new model that comes with a premium specification as standard. Developed from the Tracer 900 and sharing the same 2018 specification upgrades, the Tracer 900GT is designed to offer sport touring riders the ultimate package at a competitive price.
The Tracer 900GT comes fitted with quickly detachable 22-litre colour matched Genuine hard side cases as standard, and the latest TFT (Thin Film Transistor) instrument panel. Featuring a full colour display, these high specification instrument panel comes with a comprehensive range of information, including gear position indicator, ambient temperature, coolant temperature, current riding mode, fuel gauge and fuel consumption.
The Tracer 900GT is equipped with a premium suspension package that features fully adjustable front forks offering the rider the ability to set their bike up to suit different loads and conditions. These fully adjustable forks come with a beautiful gold finish.
For easy and convenient suspension set up when carrying a passenger or luggage, the Tracer 900GT features a remote preload adjuster for the rear shock. It’s the quick and effective way to set the bike up.
The Tracer 900GT’s Quick Shift System transforms acceleration performance of the bike by allowing the rider to make seamless clutchless upshifts. Based on the system used on the latest MT-09, the QSS gives this premium Sport Tourer an even more exciting character that’s sure to be appreciated by performance minded riders.
The Tracer 900GT also benefits from the fitment of a cruise control system as standard equipment. It’s the same system that’s used on the MT-10, and can be set to control the riding speed in 4th 5th and 6th gear when riding between 50 km/h and 180 km/h. This system is operated by a switch on the left handlebar cluster, and can be used to increase or decrease cruising speed in 2 km/h increments.
The system is automatically cancelled by the application of brakes, clutch or throttle, and features a resume button that allows the rider to reset to the previous setting. Cruise Control makes longer journeys more enjoyable, and also can help to avoid exceeding speed limits.
The Tracer 900GT is an all weather, all season motorcycle that’s built to get across continents, and the provision of heated grips is a real bonus for the serious Sport Touring rider.
2018 Tracer 900GT Exclusive Features
- Colour matched hard side cases fitted as standard
- Full colour TFT instrument panel (Thin Film Transistor)
- Fully adjustable gold coloured upside down front forks
- Rear shock with remote preload adjuster
- Quick Shift System (QSS) for seamless upshifting
- Cruise Control
- Heated grips
- Colours: Midnight Black, Nimbus Grey, Phantom Blue