2021 Yamaha MT 09 SP Review: Advanced Features and Safety for an Enhanced Riding Experience

I’ve had the pleasure of spending some quality time with the 2021 Yamaha MT 09 SP, and let me tell you, it’s a bike that deserves your attention. It’s not just any motorcycle; it’s a blend of performance, comfort, and style that’s hard to beat.

In this article, I’ll dive deep into my experience with this beast. I’ll cover everything from its powerful engine to its sleek design, and even its high-tech features.

So, if you’re in the market for a new ride or you’re just a motorcycle enthusiast like me, stick around. You won’t want to miss what I’ve got to say about this impressive machine.

Engine Performance

When it comes to the 2021 Yamaha MT 09 SP, performance is key. This is largely thanks to its powerful 3-cylinder, crossplane concept, 889cc engine. It’s the same engine base as the previous model but with an increased bore, the result? A stunning 117.3 horsepower at 10,000 RPM, a noticeable increase from the older model.

In my test ride, the increased horsepower was strikingly apparent. It pulled smoothly and low-down grunt is impressive. The MT 09 SP never felt out of breath, even when asked for more. I was able to maintain a stable speed at high RPMs, which is terrific for both city and highway rides.

Performance can’t simply be boiled down to engine specifications, though. How it delivers power is just as important. Yamaha have equipped the MT 09 SP with a tricked up ride-by-wire throttle system that eliminates the traditional throttle cable. Paired with the Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T), this added feature allows the bike to have an incredibly responsive throttle control. It makes the motorcycle more reactive and agile, dramatically enhancing the overall riding experience.

A significant part of the SP’s performance, and a factor not to be overlooked, is the drivability it offers. The 6-speed transmission is slick, precise, and it engages gears seamlessly. And with its quick-shifter, gear changes are crisp and effortless.

But what about the noise, you might wonder? Fear not, for the SP’s triple-cylinder engine delivers a much more profound exhaust note, a feature that’ll certainly please those of us who appreciate a good, throaty engine roar.

So, the 2021 Yamaha MT 09 SP is impressive. No doubt about it. It’s a bike that urges you to challenge your riding skills. It’s raw, it’s powerful, and it manages all of this without straying from the comfort and style the bike promises.

Design and Style

Our review wouldn’t be comprehensive if we didn’t discuss the 2021 Yamaha MT 09 SP’s design and style aspects. During my inspection, the bike’s aesthetic appeal caught my attention instantly. It’s clear that Yamaha has invested significantly in the visual impact of their machine.

Its aggressive and dynamic look embodies a real sporty feel. Yamaha has completely renovated the previous bodywork, resulting in a more streamlined, compact design. The new LED headlight layout features a dual slanted design mimicking the sharp eyes of a predator, making the front view incredibly intimidating. The taillight follows suit with a minimalistic, stylish design giving a rebellious flair.

The bike is available in the exclusive Icon Performance color scheme, paying homage to Yamaha’s racing pedigree. This adds a distinct look separating the SP model from the standard MT 09.

Complementing its raw power is the stylish instrumentation. The 3.5-inch, full-color TFT display is brighter and easier to read than previous models. It offers all kinds of features at a glance, from basic info such as speed and rpm to more advanced data like lean angle, brake pressure, and throttle opening.

The attention to detail extends to the seat. The two-material finish with quality stitching fits perfectly with the rest of the design, and the narrow, high rear section gives it a predatory stance. The SP model also features premium KYB and Öhlins suspension components, which not only invigorates its performance but also adds a stylish factor to its look.

Every detail contributes to an unprecedented, attention-grabbing impact. The 2021 Yamaha MT 09 SP truly is an engineering and design marvel that looks as good as it performs.

Advanced Features

The 2021 Yamaha MT 09 SP isn’t just a looker; it’s packed with advanced features that enhance its performance on the road.

Powerhouse Performance is the heart of the upgraded model. Its first-rate engine, a 3-cylinder, 890cc beast that produces a whopping 117.3bhp, is the same one that powers the standard MT 09. But don’t let that fool you; Yamaha has cultivated the engine mechanics to offer enhanced mid-range performance. Thanks to its top-flight fuel injection system, it revs up fast and smooth, delivering an exhilarating rush of speed.

The bike is also a leader in Innovative Technology. To support its powerful performance, Yamaha’s implemented a quick shifter for smooth and swift gear changes. Aiding in providing the best traction on any road surface, the spin and slide control features only elevate the safety standards. What’s more, the cruise control for a stress-free ride at high speeds is an additional perk, reinforcing the MT 09 SP as a cutting-edge motorcycle model.

To complement the tech specs, the Advanced Safety Features set the 2021 Yamaha MT 09 SP apart. Features like the anti-lock braking system (ABS) and the lean-sensitive traction control add layers of security. Furthermore, Yamaha’s proprietary brake control system differentiates between two types of intervention, actively countering both high-speed instability and low-speed overactivity. These safety features, combined with Yamaha’s tried and true dependability, showcase the company’s commitment to rider safety.

And of course, rider comfort hasn’t been overlooked. With an exclusive Adjustable Riding Position, the new MT 09 SP offers fully adjustable KYB fork, a unique feature only seen in the SP model. The seat has also been ergonomically designed to offer maximum comfort during long rides. The lightweight and slim body profile add to its road-holding capabilities, offering a tailored fit for riders of all statures.

As we look at these impressive components, we understand better why the 2021 Yamaha MT 09 SP leads the pack in the motorcycle arena.

Riding Experience

Stepping into the saddle, it’s apparent that comfort and ease are at the forefront of Yamaha’s mind with the 2021 MT 09 SP. The adjustable riding position and lightweight body profile not only enhance the riders control but create a symbiotic relationship between man and machine. This bike feels like an extension of you, responding almost intuitively to subtle shifts and movements.

One critical factor that sets this motorcycle apart is its remarkable engine performance. The ride is smoother, faster, and nothing short of thrilling. The MT 09’s engine has been reimagined and optimized to deliver greater power and torque across the entire rev range – a fact confirmed by a quick twist of the throttle.

From a safety perspective, the bike’s advanced features, such as the ABS and lean-sensitive traction control, are game-changers. They instill a sense of confidence in riders, letting them push the edge yet still maintain control. Especially considering the lean-sensitive traction control, it’s a significant investment into rider’s safety by Yamaha.

While the excitement of the open road is irresistible to any biker, the 2021 Yamaha MT 09 SP transforms the riding experience into sensory poetry. Each curve and gear shift is a tangible expression of Yamaha’s innovative technology and careful design. The bike goes beyond basic transportation – it’s about a ride that speaks to the soul. From this point on I’ll explore the technical details of the MT 09 SP, and see how its specifications translate into real-world performance.


I’ve delved into the 2021 Yamaha MT 09 SP’s features and safety aspects, and it’s clear this model is a cut above the rest. With its powerful engine and innovative technology, it’s a bike that thrills and impresses. The advanced safety features, like ABS and lean-sensitive traction control, ensure that riders can push boundaries while still feeling secure.

The adjustable riding position and lightweight body contribute to its road-holding prowess, making it a joy to ride. It’s the MT 09 SP’s engine performance, though, that truly sets it apart, creating a harmonious bond between rider and machine.

The 2021 Yamaha MT 09 SP does more than get you from A to B—it transforms the riding experience into something almost poetic. For those seeking more than just a ride, the MT 09 SP delivers, going beyond basic transportation and offering a truly immersive experience.

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