The 2017 Yamaha MT-09 Gets New Styling, New Suspension, And Rider Aides

  • 05/10/2016

Even though it’s only three years old, Yamaha have brought a pretty major update the the MT-09 to the Intermot show in Cologne, Germany. New styling, new sub frame, and new rider aides abound.

he old, single headlight has been ditched for a dual-eye unit more closely resembling that of the MT-10, each getting two LED lights, under which sits a pair of slim daytime running lights. The face has been widened to match the width of the fork. From the rider’s seat, the instrument panel has been pushed forward, closer to the headlight unit, and the indicators moved down near the radiator.


Out back, the slanted sub-frame has been shortened by 30 mm, also housing a new LED tail light assembly. The new seat is flatter, 5 mm higher, and Yamaha claims it’s more supportive than the seat on the current model. The license plate bracket has been moved down to hang from the swingarm, in what looks like a fairly obnoxious hanger.

While the motor remains unchanged, the 2017 MT-09 gets a slipper clutch  for an easier clutch pull and less back torque on downshifts as well as Yamaha’s Quick Shift System (QSS) for clutchless upshifts.


Yamaha claim they’ve improved the MT’s fork. The 41 mm unit is adjustable for compression damping in the left fork and rebound on the right. Unfortunately, the shock appears to have been left alone, despite our constant complaints. It’s also interesting to note that nothing is mentioned about traction control, something we expected to see after its inclusion in the XSR900, which shares the same motor.

I’m not a big fan of the new face (I sort of liked that it was reserved for just the ridiculous MT-10), but the XSR allows Yamaha to further differentiate the two models. For you current MT-09 owners, do you wish you’d waited?

Yamaha MT-09 2017 



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