Yamaha is all-in on the MT-09 naked bike, and is revitalizing this machine for 2024 with a host of smaller updates. It’s still the same basic idea; a three-cylinder naked bike made to challenge the Euros, but for less money. But next season, it will look different and the ride will feel different too.
The first thing you’d notice is a visual overhaul. This consists of a new LED projector headlight array and a new cowling for it. There are new daytime running lights, too, a two-piece seat and a new gas tank. There’s a new brake light assembly, and new plastics. It’s all supposed to look more like something like Yamaha’s dirt bike lineup.
Yamaha tacked on a new five-inch TFT display with a selection of four different themes, and compatibility with Garmin’s StreetCross GPS system. It will also sync with the rider’s phone via Yamaha’s free MyRide app.
The MT-09 now has two user-defined riding modes that add to three manufacturer-programmed riding modes (Sport, Street, Rain). Cruise control is standard for 2024, which is a nice crossover from the CP3-powered touring lineup, along with Back Slip Regulator. There’s a new USB-C plug-in underneath the seat as well.
It’s not just electronics and plastics; Yamaha also updated the suspension, tweaking the spring rates and damping for better control and comfort. The handlebars have been lowered (but with adjustability built-in, if you don’t like the riding position) and there are new rear-sets and pillion pegs. The foot controls are also redesigned for 2024.
At this point, we’ve heard of no changes to the engine, and expect none, as that would drive up the pricing.
Yamaha’s Canadian website already lists the new bike coming for 2024, with a price of $13,499. Looks like we get all three color choices, too: Team Yamaha Blue, Matte Raven Black or Midnight Cyan. Noice! Check it out there for more details on the new-for-next-year tech.