The original MT-09 was a like a Yamaha designer woke up one day and forgot how to finish designing the MT-09, but this moment they now look like genius naked bike designer. After three years Yamaha gave more thought to the 850cc triple with significant updates for 2017 model, making this 2017 MT-09 a genuine second-generation Master of Darkness.
The most obvious is MT-10 like new twin- eye LED headlamps and new rear brake lights plus a splash guard and plate holder, will immediately grab anyone’s attention! The upwardly slanted subframe has been shortened by 30mm, and houses an integrated three-dimensional LED taillight. The new seat is flatter, 5mm higher for better support.
By ditching the conventional number plate hanger, now mounted with a single arm that bolts to the swingarm like the Ducati scrambler. So we hope to get one for our long term MT-09.
Beyond aesthetics, the new Nine gets the firm’s Assist & Slip (A&S) clutch, delivering more precise engagement, while acting as a slipper clutch under negative load. Lever action is reduced by a claimed 20%, making town work lighter on your left hand.
And you won’t need to worry about the lever at all on upshifts, as Yamaha’s Quick Shift System (QSS) is fitted as standard. It will be slick and smooth.
The 2017 model also gets an upgrade 41mm fork, with adjustable compression damping in the left fork, rebound adjustment in the right. Yamaha appear to have left the rear shock untouched so that soft rear shocks will need an upgrade, if the rider do ride the 2nd generation niner, hard!