Intermot: New-generation Yamaha MT-09 and updated MT-10

Yamaha’s MT-09 – sold in Canada as the FZ-09 – gains a headlight and loses some rear end for 2017. It also gets a standard quickshifter and an improved clutch and front forks.

Lucky Europe gets an updated MT-10 and MT-10 SP, but details aren’t yet clear if the updates are coming to Canada with the FZ-10 equivalent.

The MT-09’s new twin-eye headlights, each with two LED bulbs, are similar to those on the MT-10. It makes the bike look more aggressive, and that’s backed up, literally, by the new tail design that’s 30 mm shorter than before.

The clutch is Yamaha’s own Assist-and-Slip design, which is said to reduce resistance by 20 per cent, and the bike also benefits from Yamaha’s Quick Shift System as standard. The revised 41-mm front forks will have adjustable compression damping in the left fork and rebound adjustment in the right fork.



In Europe, the MT-10 will come for 2017 with a quick-shifter that cancels drive torque for a split-second when an upshift is detected. There’s no mention of this on Yamaha’s Canadian site though, and no word yet from Canadian reps, but it’s likely to be included here.

The engine mapping of the -10  has also been tweaked to provide “smoother throttle characteristics,” more fitting of a toned-down version of the R1.

In Europe, there’s a sportier SP version of the MT-10, seen in the pictures below. It includes semi-active Ohlins electronic racing suspension, which adjusts compression and rebound damping depending on conditions.  This is straight off the R1, as is its Thin Film Transistor instrument panel. There’s no confirmation, however, that we’ll see the SP come over here.


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