Yamaha has seriously updated its MT-09 with the bike getting a complete make-over for next year,


The bike gets new twin-eye LED headlights, new looks and an Assist and Slip clutch with advanced electronics.


Each of the twin-eye headlights is equipped with two LED bulbs. A pair of slim running lights sit below the new twin-eye headlights – and a pair of winglets follow the contours of the headlight assembly.


For 2017 the multi-function instruments are moved closer to the new headlight assembly and the turn signals are relocated next to the radiator.


The new compact tail end design and upwardly slanted subframe (shortened by 30mm) makes the bike look more ‘hunched’, the shorter upswept tail cowl also features new side grills.

The tail gets a new integrated 3-dimensional LED taillight featuring a twin apex design that forms an ‘M’ shape when viewed from above.

The MT-09 also gets a newly designed seat – which is flatter and 5mm higher than previously – and has been specifically shaped to enable the rider to hold their seating position during braking, cornering and acceleration.



The 2017 model is equipped with an all-new swingarm-mounted rear fender and licence plate holder featuring a single-sided lightweight forged aluminium stay. New side fins are fitted to the radiator and the bike now has larger tank-mounted air scoops.

For 2017 the bike is equipped with a Quick Shift System (QSS) which is the same as on the R1 superbike. The new MT-09 is also stacked with new forks which are inverted 41mm units that now feature a new compression damping adjuster in the left fork tube, while the existing rebound damping function is in the right tube. By locating the compression and rebound mechanisms in separate forks tubes the flow rate of hydraulic oil can be optimized, giving greater adjustability and more consistent performance.


New MT-09 Key Features

Newly styled twin-eye 4-bulb LED headlights

6-bulb LED position lights with winglets

30mm shorter tail with integrated 3D light

Redesigned seat, flatter and 5mm higher

Rear fender/license plate holder with single-sided mount

Assist & Slipper (A&S) clutch

Quick Shift System (QSS)

Higher specification front suspension

Flat muffler surface with restyled end cap

Instruments integrated with headlight assembly

Radiator side fins and enlarged air intakes

Front turn signals relocated beside radiator


Night Fluo

Race Blue

Tech Black


December 2016



Tony Carter

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