The Yamaha MT-09 is a street motorcycle that debuted in 2014 to replace the Yamaha FZ8. It was part of the MT series in Yamaha's range, powered by an 890cc three-cylinder engine with a cross-plane crankshaft and a lightweight aluminum frame. From 2018, the bike was designated as the MT-09 in all markets.
In 2023, at the EICMA (International Motorcycle Exhibition), the Japanese motorcycle maker introduced the 2024 model year Yamaha MT-09, a redesigned model developed under The Knight Horse concept, further refining the ride quality, torque, and character.
Compared to previous models, the 2024 Yamaha MT-09 is delivered in an upgraded package, including engine suspension rigidity, new Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tires, a new riding position, a newly designed fuel tank, Yamaha Ride Control (YRC), cruise control, and a 5-inch TFT screen with connectivity functions.
The MT-09 is basically the same motorcycle as the SP version, except for the special SP treatment, consisting of dedicated colors directly to R1M's Icon Performance Finish. Also, the handlebar, drive sprocket, front fork, brake, and clutch levers feature a black DLC coating.
In the performance department, the 2024 model year Yamaha MT-09 is powered by an 890cc four-stroke three-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with a fuel injection system in charge, boasting 119 hp with a peak force at 10,000 rpm and 94 Nm (69 lb-ft) torque at 7,000 rpm.