2024 Yamaha MT-09 SP – First Look

Dennis Chung
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New Stylema calipers and updated electronics

2024 yamaha mt 09 sp first look

Mere days after announcing an updated MT-09, Yamaha has revealed a revised MT-09 SP. The 2024 Yamaha MT-09 SP receives a number of upgrades in addition to the changes made to the regular model. This includes the 2024 MT-09’s new styling and the more aggressive ergonomics, which you can read more about in our First Look post, but also updated brakes and suspension.

2024 yamaha mt 09 sp first look

The 2024 MT-09 SP receives the same Brembo radial master cylinder added to the MT-09, but goes a step further with premium Brembo Stylema monoblock calipers, with Yamaha claiming lighter weight, increased rigidity, and improved braking control.

The suspension upgrades include a DLC-coated 41mm KYB fork with adjustable preload, rebound, and high- and low-speed compression damping. At the rear, the MT-09 SP is equipped with a fully-adjustable Öhlins rear shock with a remote preload adjuster.

2024 yamaha mt 09 sp first look

The engine remains the same 890cc CP3 Triple that powers the 2023 model, and like the MT-09, the airbox has been reshaped to further accentuate its acoustics. In addition to the MT-09’s Sport, Street, and Rain modes, the SP adds four exclusive Track modes, as well as a Track theme with a prominent lap timer for the five-inch TFT display.

The six-axis IMU-based electronics package includes a four-mode traction control system, slide control system, front wheel lift control, and a two-mode brake control, and for 2024, Yamaha added a new back slip regulator (BSR) and a two-mode engine brake management system (EBM). As with the MT-09, BSR helps to stabilize the rear wheel during hard engine braking while EBM lets the rider adjust the engine braking to allow for smoother corner entries.

The electronic settings can be managed through the Yamaha Ride Control smartphone app or the updated switchgear.

2024 yamaha mt 09 sp first look

The 2024 MT-09 SP also becomes the first of Yamaha’s MT models to come equipped with a smart key system for remote starts and locking or unlocking the fuel cap. And as before, the MT-09 SP comes in an R1M-inspired Liquid Metal/Raven livery, paired with a brushed finish on the aluminum swingarm.

As we saw with the regular MT-09, the updates lead to an increase in the SP's weight, with Yamaha claiming a wet weight of 428 pounds, a 9-pound increase over the 2023 model.

The 2024 Yamaha MT-09 SP arrives in U.S. dealerships in late spring 2024 with a starting price of $12,299.

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  • MkViz MkViz on Nov 02, 2023

    Surprised that they refreshed this model so quickly. It's only been 2 years and you rarely see these bikes out in the wild.

    • Dennis Chung Dennis Chung on Nov 02, 2023

      It's likely because the base model got an update, including cruise control which was already on the SP. There might be another reason I suspect, which I hope we hear about next week at EICMA...

  • David K David K on Nov 03, 2023

    Any wheel options?