Launch update: 2017 Yamaha MT-09 - the six big changes

Published: 03 December 2016

Late last night, Yamaha took the UK journalists on a trip to the dark side of Mallorca for the 2017 MT-09 press conference. 

In a abandoned concert hall filled with graffiti and flaming oil drums, we were told all about the latest bike's cool new details. Here's the top six changes that you need to know:

 

1. The Eyes of Darkness

- the 2017 MT-09 now looks more like it's bigger, more aggressive brother the MT-10 with a pair of LED powered headlamps. Using a total of four LEDS, two for main beam and two for high, the headlamp shines bright white and looks great. 

 

2. No need to crouch

- Yamaha have repositioned the instrument panel further forward for better visibility. This is due to feedback from some owners who said they had to crouch in order to see the old bike's clocks.

 

 

3. Better front suspension

- the 41mm fork has been revised for 2017 and now has separate compression and rebound damping (comp in left leg, rebound in right) for better adjustability. The rear shock is the same but the factory settings have been altered.

 

4. It remembers

- the MT-09 now saves your last used mode when you switch off the ignition rather than reverting to the default values each time you switch it on.

 

5. It's taller and shorter

- although all the geometry remains the same (rake/trail and wheelbase) a new subframe has made the seat height 5mm taller and shortened the tail by 30mm.

 

6. Racing-inspired extras

- the 2017 MT-09 now has R-series inspired extras such as a quickshifter (up only) and a slip-assist clutch.

 

 We'll be off for a ride shortly, so check back to motorcyclenews.com for more updates.