2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP First Look

Dennis Chung
by Dennis Chung

Yamaha announced a new SP version of the updated 2021 MT-09 revealed two weeks ago, featuring higher-end suspension and cruise control plus a black and blue color scheme. Joining the MT-09 SP are the MT-10 and MT-03 which return for 2021 with new color options.

2021 Yamaha MT-09 First Look

The 2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP comes equipped with 41mm KYB with a diamond-like coating applied to the inner tubes, promising smoother, more responsive action. The fork is fully-adjustable, including low- and high-speed compression damping adjusters. The rear suspension has been upgraded to an Öhlins shock with a remote preload adjuster on top of rebound and compression adjustability.

The new 890cc Triple is the same as on the regular MT-09, and the SP gets the same six-axis IMU-powered tech including traction control, slide control, and wheelie control. The MT-09 SP also receives an electronic cruise control system. The system can be used when traveling at speeds of at least 30 mph in fourth gear or above. The cruise control is canceled by applying the brakes or using the clutch or throttle, and can be resumed to return to the previously set speed.

The Raven/Liquid Metal color scheme is styled after the 2021 R1’s livery, which along with the yellow-colored rear shock and gold-colored fork does give the SP a more premium look than the regular MT-09. The SP’s look is completed with a double-stiched seat, black anodized handlebars and levers, clear-smoked front and rear brake fluid reservoirs, a black drive sprocket, and an anodized brushed aluminum swingarm.

The 2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP is priced at $10,999, a $1,600 increase over the regular MT-09. It will arrive in U.S. showrooms in January 2021.

2021 Yamaha MT-10

The MT-10 returns with an MSRP of $12,999 and a choice of Matte Raven Black or Team Yamaha Blue.

2021 Yamaha MT-03

The MT-03 is available in Storm Fluo or Matte Black for $4,599.

2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP Specifications

Engine Type890cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder; 4 valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke78.0mm x 62.1mm
Compression Ratio11.5:1
Fuel DeliveryFuel injection with YCC-T
IgnitionTCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission6-speed; multiplate assist and slipper clutch
Final DriveChain
Front Suspension41mm KYB inverted fork, adjustable preload, high/low speed compression and rebound; 5.1-in travel
Rear SuspensionÖhlins single shock, adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping; 4.8-in travel
Brakes / FrontDual 298mm hydraulic disc; ABS
Brakes / Rear245mm hydraulic disc; ABS
Tires / Front120/70ZR17M/C
Tires / Rear180/55ZR17M/C
L x W x H82.3 inches x 31.3 inches x 46.9 inches
Seat Height32.5 in
Wheelbase56.3 in
Rake/Trail25.0°/4.3 inches
Ground Clearance5.5 inches
Fuel Capacity3.7 gallons
Fuel Economy49 mpg (claimed)
Wet Weight419 lb (claimed)

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Dennis Chung
Dennis Chung

Dennis has been a part of the Motorcycle.com team since 2008, and through his tenure, has developed a firm grasp of industry trends, and a solid sense of what's to come. A bloodhound when it comes to tracking information on new motorcycles, if there's a new model on the horizon, you'll probably hear about it from him first.

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  • Gabriel Owens Gabriel Owens on Nov 11, 2020

    So the US is getting the sp version this time?

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    • HockeyChat HockeyChat on Nov 17, 2020

      Yes. And you are illiterate.

  • Martin collins Martin collins on Nov 16, 2020

    Another bike that looks like it was made in a garage with leftovers. Sad.