Wednesday, October 05, 2016

2017 Yamaha MT-10 SP, MT-09 unveiled at Intermot

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With the 2017 MT-10 SP, Yamaha are set to take on the new Aprilia Tuono V4 1100, BMW S1000R and KTM 1290 Super Duke etc. It really is one hell of a super-naked

For 2017, Yamaha have announced the MT-10 SP, which they say is the 'speed of darkness,' the most high-tech machine in Yamaha's 'hyper naked' range. With the 'SP' tag comes a bit of R1M-style bling, with the MT-10 SP getting Öhlins electronic racing suspension (ERS), which is controlled by a suspension control unit (SCU) that analyses data from a series of sensors, which monitor riding conditions in real time. The SCU constantly calculates the optimal compression and rebound damping settings and the system's stepping motors instantly make adjustments to achieve the optimal suspension set up for any given riding condition.

The MT-10 SP also gets full-colour, thin film transistor (TFT) instrumentation and a new silver-blue-carbon colour scheme, featuring blue wheels, black front fender, gold coloured forks and silver bodywork. Of course, there's a full complement of electronics, including an electronic quick shift system (that offers clutchless upshifts), multi-mode traction control and slipper clutch. With its lightweight, aluminium 'Deltabox' chassis and crossplane crank inline-four that produces 160 horsepower, the Yamaha MT-10 SP, with a dry weight of 190 kilos, offers a streetfighter riding experience that no other Japanese production machine can. The bike will be in showrooms by February 2017.

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The MT-09 also gets a host of updates, including midly revised styling and reworked suspension. Its 850cc three-cylinder engine produces enough power to make this a wild ride

For those who like their 'dark side of Japan' thrills turned down a notch or two, there's also the new, 2017-spec Yamaha MT-09, which gets updated styling, new twin-eye LED headlights, LED taillamp, repositioned turn signals and instrument cluster, shortened rear subframe and more compact tail end, swingarm-mounted rear fender, and assist and slipper clutch. The MT-09 also gets a redesigned seat that's flatter and positioned 5mm higher than before. It has, according to Yamaha, been specifically shaped to enable the rider to hold their seating position during hard acceleration, braking and cornering.

As with the MT-10 SP, the MT-09 also gets a host of electronics, including a quick shift system for clutchless upshifts. The bike's 850cc, 3-cylinder engine, equipped with forged pistons, offset cylinders and CP3 crossplane technology is now fully Euro 4-compliant and produces 115bhp and 87Nm of torque. The 41mm USD fork up front now features a new compression damping adjuster in the left fork tube, while the existing rebound damping function is located in the right tube. Yamaha say that by placing 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.

Other revised, updated bits on the 2017 MT-09 include a restyled exhaust muffler and new side fins on the radiator, with bigger air intakes. The bike will be in Yamaha showrooms by December this year.

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