Yamaha MT-09 SP Brings Some European Bling

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The Yamaha FZ-09…pardon us…the Yamaha MT-09 is a top-seller for the Japanese brand, mixing a solid motorcycle, with decent features, all for a reasonable price.

Hoping to appeal to riders more “up-market” though, Yamaha has a conundrum, and the hope is that the Yamaha MT-09 SP is the solution.

Taking its potent three-cylinder street bike, Yamaha has taken the MT-09 and added an Öhlins rear shock and fully adjustable front forks to the package – which are not from Öhlins, I might add.

If this sounds familiar, it should. The Yamaha MT-09 SP follows in the same vein as the Yamaha MT-10 SP.

The rest of the treatment is mostly visual, with Yamaha adding a blue-stitched seat, blue wheels, black handlebars, black-on-white LCD dash, and what it calls a “Silver Blu Carbon” color scheme. 

Considering that we didn’t get the MT-10 SP here in the USA, it seems unlikely that we would see the MT-09 SP arrive here. For our European readers though, you can look for the 2018 Yamaha MT-09 SP at your local dealer around January 2018.

Source: Yamaha

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Jensen Beeler

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