With the launch of the 2022 Yamaha, MT-09 SP has become one of the best-selling bikes in the market. This is largely thanks to the bike’s exquisite design layout and top-notch power output. Yamaha has infused this heavyweight motorcycle with some state-of-the-art improvements, especially to the design and suspension. The Yamaha MT-09 SP has also weaved its way into riders’ hearts after Yamaha included cruise control functionality, which was not available on the previous model. In this guide, we will take a keener look at the 2022 Yamaha MT-09 SP, its key features, and recent upgrades.
The official specs for the Yamaha MT-09 SP are:
- 5.5 in (140mm) Ground Clearance
- Weight: (Dry) 172 kg, (Wet) 417lb, (Kerb) 189 kg
- 56.3 in (1,430 mm) Wheelbase
- 32.5 in (825 mm) Seat Height
- 31.3 in (795 mm) Width
- 82.3 in (2,090 mm) Length
- 46.9 in (1,190 mm) Height
- · Power 120 HP (87.5 kW)
- · 3 cylinders
- · 890 cm³ cylinder capacity
- · 6 speed gearbox
- · 260 km/h (161.5 mph) –unofficial top speed
- · Cooling Liquid
- · 93Nm (9,5 kgf.m) torque
- · 20km/L (49MPG) Average Fuel Consumption
- · 3.7gal (14L) Fuel Tank volume
- · Traction Control
- · ABS
- · 298 mm Front Brake Dual Disc
- · 120/70-17 Front Tire
- · 245 mm Rear Brake Single Disc
- · 180/55-17 Rear Tire
- · Full-LED lighting
- · Fully Digital Panel Meter
- · 3.5 in. TFT or LCD Digital Panel
Like the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 SP, the 2022 model comes with an 890cc liquid-cooled DOHC 3-inline engine motor. This engine is considered as one of the torquiest and smoothest motors available in the segment as it offers an output of 68.6 lb-ft of torque and 117.4 hp. Yamaha MT-09 SP is popular due to its outstanding mid-range and top-end road performance. The pull force that comes after the 5,000 RPM is at a different level, especially when compared to the competitors. Moreover, this excellent motor revs impressively to the redline mark at an average of 11,000 RPM and stable power output. The upgraded 6-speed Gearbox is elegantly sleek and adds a unique edge to the entire ride experience.
One distinctive feature of previous generations of the Yamaha MT-09 is their aggressive throttle abilities. The 2022 Yamaha MT-09 SP has overshadowed the MT-09 has due to the inclusion of modern riding accessories. The inclusion of several riding modes to the 2022 Yamaha MT-09 SP has further improved the bike’s handling as each of these modes can alter the torque and power transmitted to the wheels. Also, these multiple riding modes can be easily accessed via the installed 3.5 inch TFT instrument cluster. Unlike previous MT-09 versions, the new Yamaha MT-09 SP comes with a well-fitted suspension system that easily absorbs any road irregularities road without over-transmitting to the rider and the pillion. Moreover, the bike comes with the 180 section tire for the rear wheel and the 120 section tire for the front wheel, with both of them being 17 inches. All this makes the motorbike more comfortable.
The 2022 Yamaha MT-09 SP comes fully loaded with a 6-axis IMU system that allows the rider to completely control the bike at all times. Work done by the rider is also made easier thanks to the data received from the Traction Control System, front-wheel Lift Control System, and the Slide Control System. Additionally, these systems come with multiple riding modes to allow the rider to set the transmission to fit their preferences. As a clear distinction from older versions of the MT-09 that had low-grade switchgear and common squeaking and rattling, the new Yamaha MT-09 SP comes with a more premium feel. This is as a result of its high build quality, upgraded fenders, fuel tank, and side panels. Another notable feature of the new MT-09 model is its excellent paint and switchgear quality.
The new MT-09 SP has a 3.5 inch TFT display instrument cluster that clearly displays all the relevant details related to the motorbike’s RPM, gear position, odometer, speed, trip, and fuel level. Although the display screen might prove too bright for most people, the user interface is decent as it has a much smaller screen display. Another tech inclusion to the MT-09 SP is its fuel gauge system, which is undeniably brilliant. As a downside, the first bar of the fuel gauge is rather long and takes more time to disappear after the tank is full. Therefore, many riders often assume the tank is full, but the truth is that it is half full.
Ergonomics and Comfort
Just like the 2021 MT-09, the 2022 MT-09 SP comes with top-shelf ergonomics. This bike has a long and perfectly wide handlebar that paves the way for a comfortable ride, regardless of the traveling distance. The grab strap is well-attached to the seat, and the rear set footpegs averagely raised for improved comfort. Moreover, the motorcycle’s fuel tank is strategically designed to help riders lock their legs on their bike as they maneuver sharp corners.
The MT-09 SP has a front end that comes fitted with a gorgeous LED headlight with a golden inverted fork cover and blue alloy wheels. The golden-colored rear suspension, well-designed aluminum frame, and perfectly-fitted fuel tank add a modern and sleek character to the motorcycle. The 2022 Yamaha MT-09 SP build profile is accentuated with an underbelly exhaust, a chrome exhaust header, and a blacked-out engine cover. Overall, the look is as sleek as it gets.
Over the years, the MT series has proven to be one of the most reliable motorbike lines in the industry. Yamaha has assured all Yamaha MT-09 SP buyers that it is a reliable motorcycle that considers their overall road safety. A number of road tests have been done, and the MT-09 SP has exhibited no problems at all. Moreover, the bike’s engine has never overheated, and all the electrical components in the motorcycle are professionally installed to prevent any risks of injury.
The 2022 Yamaha MT-09 SP is about $1,600 more expensive than the 2021 MT-09. However, this motorcycle offers you complete value for your money, as evident by its 6-speed gearbox, cruise control functionality, powerful 3-inline engine, and many other exciting features to enjoy.
Written by Benjamin Smith
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