2021 Yamaha MT-09 First Look Preview

Yamaha is giving its hugely popular MT-09 a thorough update for 2021, with a new engine, chassis, electronics, and more.

Yamaha revealed today that its fan-favorite MT-09 will be getting the full upgrade treatment for the 2021 model year. That means a new engine, chassis, electronics, and other revisions aimed at providing a smoother, more powerful, and more agile ride.


The 2021 Yamaha MT-09 in Storm Fluo colorway. (Yamaha/)

Engine Updates

The new 890cc crossplane triple is larger than last year’s edition, with a 47cc increase over the 2020 model. Yamaha’s designers were also able to make this larger engine weigh less than the previous iteration thanks to a thorough redesign that includes new pistons, camshafts, and crankcases.

2021 Yamaha MT-09 in Raven Black colorway.
2021 Yamaha MT-09 in Raven Black colorway. (Yamaha/)

Fuel injectors were moved to the throttle valve side of the engine for optimized fuel atomization and to decrease fuel adhesion to the intake port walls. This change also contributes to better fuel efficiency, with a claimed 11 percent increase in the MT-09′s mpg performance. The intake system overall was redesigned as well, with a new three-duct layout that Yamaha promises will help to boost low-end torque. The exhaust system was refined also to maximize the effectiveness of the new air-fuel systems.

2021 Yamaha MT-09 in Team Yamaha Blue colorway.
2021 Yamaha MT-09 in Team Yamaha Blue colorway. (Yamaha/)

The changes to the engine also prompted engineers to update the transmission, raising the ratios on first and second gear. There’s also a better assist and slip clutch which makes use of an updated cam angle and new friction plates for a lighter pull at the lever and a more seamless feel when downshifting. That now couples with a new electronic quickshifter that has both up and downshift functionality. Yamaha also fit a new Accelerator Position Sensor Grip derived from the unit used on the YZF-R1 and R1M, allowing for more accurate throttle feel and response.

Yamaha promises a more spirited ride from the MT-09 in 2021 thanks to a bevy of updates.
Yamaha promises a more spirited ride from the MT-09 in 2021 thanks to a bevy of updates. (Yamaha/)

New Chassis

The 2021 MT-09 also gets a completely updated die-cast aluminum Deltabox frame which comes with larger beams running from the steering head assembly down and back to the swingarm pivot, which has been moved to help reduce unsprung weight. The subframe and swingarm are new as well, to improve lateral, torsional, and longitudinal rigidity balance throughout the entire bike. This results in better straight-line stability and front-end feel through the turns.

Yamaha is using new KYB suspension on the MT-09, with the 41mm fork adjustable for compression, rebound damping, and preload and the rear shock adjustable for preload and rebound.

Just about every major element of the MT-09 will be new in 2021.
Just about every major element of the MT-09 will be new in 2021. (Yamaha/)

Braking is handled by a new, YZF-R1-inspired front system, with a Nissin radial master cylinder and dual 298mm discs. Out back, you get a single 245mm disc. The entire package rolls on new spin-forged, 17-inch, 10-spoke wheels. Riders can find the perfect feel in the cockpit thanks to adjustable handlebar clamps and footpeg mounting points.

All told, the 2021 MT-09 is 8 pounds lighter than last year’s model.

Yamaha gives you more engine, with a brand-new 890cc crossplane-crank triple.
Yamaha gives you more engine, with a brand-new 890cc crossplane-crank triple. (Yamaha/)

Electronics

Yamaha upped the game in the electronics department too, fitting a new six-axis inertial measurement unit to the MT-09, making it the first hyper naked in Yamaha’s lineup to have such technology.

As with other aspects of the new MT, this IMU is based on the unit used on the YZF-R1. However, the MT-09′s IMU is substantially smaller than the one used on the brand’s literbike. The information gleaned from this new unit helps power a number of other electronic aids on the bike, including a lean-sensitive traction control system, slide control, wheelie control, and a brake control system that modulates braking pressure in a straight line or at lean.

Updated bodywork to go along with a new LED headlight assembly.
Updated bodywork to go along with a new LED headlight assembly. (Yamaha/)

Changing between the three available traction control modes alters the behavior of the other electronic systems, with Mode 1 providing moderate intervention, Mode 2 giving strong intervention, and Mode M allowing riders the opportunity to select their own settings.

See all the ride info you need on the new 3.5-inch, full-color TFT instrument panel.
See all the ride info you need on the new 3.5-inch, full-color TFT instrument panel. (Yamaha/)

Yamaha uses LED lighting throughout the front and rear of the motorcycle.

All the ride info will now be displayed on a new 3.5-inch, full-color TFT instrument panel.

The Bottom Line

New lightweight, spin-forged, 10-spoke wheels.
New lightweight, spin-forged, 10-spoke wheels. (Yamaha/)

All this updating comes at a slightly higher price though. The MT-09 will no longer be the best deal under nine grand, with the 2021 model pricing at $9,399. However, that increase is only a modest $300 over last year’s MSRP, which, considering the refinements this machine is packing, isn’t too shabby.

You’ll be able to get yours from authorized Yamaha dealerships starting January 2021.

KYB suspension is fitted on the front and rear.
KYB suspension is fitted on the front and rear. (Yamaha/)

2021 Yamaha MT-09 Technical Specifications And Price

Price: $9,399
Engine: 890cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, inline-three; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 62.1mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel injection w/ YCC-T
Clutch: Wet, multiplate assist and slipper clutch w/ Quick Shift System
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Frame: Die-cast aluminum Deltabox frame
Front Suspension: 41mm KYB inverted fork, adjustable for spring preload, compression, and rebound damping, 5.1-in. travel
Rear Suspension: KYB shock, adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping, 4.8-in. travel
Front Brakes: NIssin master cylinder, 298mm discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake: 245mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Spin-forged, 10-spoke aluminum
Tires, Front/Rear: 120/70ZR-17 / 180/55ZR-17
Seat Height: 32.5 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight: 417 lb.
Warranty: 1-year limited factory warranty
Available: January 2021
Contact: yamahamotorsports.com
Comes packing a new Nissin master cylinder.
Comes packing a new Nissin master cylinder. (Yamaha/)Yamaha promises a more spirited ride from the MT-09 in 2021 thanks to a bevy of updates.
Yamaha promises a more spirited ride from the MT-09 in 2021 thanks to a bevy of updates. (Yamaha/)You’ll definitely be able to tell this one apart from its model-year predecessors.
You’ll definitely be able to tell this one apart from its model-year predecessors. (Yamaha/)
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