2020 Yamaha MT-09 Guide

2020 Yamaha MT-09

2020 Yamaha MT-09 2020 Yamaha MT-09 2020 Yamaha MT-09 2020 Yamaha MT-09 2020 Yamaha MT-09


2020 Yamaha MT-09:

The industry benchmark in hyper naked agile handling, triple cylinder performance, and dark side inspired design.

Upon its introduction in 2014, the MT-09 instantly became one of the most acclaimed motorcycles on the market. Powered by an exciting 847 cc three-cylinder engine, the popular naked sport roadster features fully adjustable suspension, three riding modes, traction control, slipper clutch, standard ABS and aggressive “twin eye” LED headlights. Experience the thrill of riding every time you hit the road.

The MT-09’s liquid-cooled four-stroke, 847 cc inline three-cylinder fuel-injected engine features a downdraft intake and The engine has been tuned to provide plenty of low-to-mid-range torque with strong yet linear throttle response.

The MT-09 features an aggressively styled twin-eye headlight assembly that gives this best-selling naked sport a more menacing look. The slanting dual headlights are equipped with four LED bulbs, accompanied by dual LED positioning lights.


2020 Yamaha MT-09 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
  • Compact, 847cc, DOHC, 12-valve (4-valves/cyl) inline triple
  • Assist & slipper clutch
  • Traction control system (2 modes plus off)
  • 41 mm inverted fork with compression & rebound damping adjustment
  • ABS equipped brakes
  • Super aggressive, LED “twin eye” headlights & full LED lighting
  • Swingarm mounted rear fender & license plate holder
  • Accessory quick shifter ready.



2020 Yamaha MT-09 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


  • Slim, compact, 847cc, DOHC, 4- valve, liquid-cooled, 42.5 degree inclined, inline-three cylinder engine. The engine has been tuned to provide plenty of low & mid-range torque with strong yet linear throttle response.
    • 4-valve, downdraft style combustion chamber
    • excellent torque output… especially in the low to mid rpm range
    • 4-valve design maximizes flow into & out of combustion chamber
    • 31 mm intake & 25 mm exhaust valves
    • valve angle is 26.5 degrees to keep combustion chamber compact
    • stainless steel valves feature an Isonite surface treatment & carburized tips for excellent durability & wear resistance
  • Valve adjustment intervals are every 42,000 kms.
  • 120 degree crankshaft.
    • design reduces inertia torque while emphasizing linear torque in response to the rider’s throttle action
    • design has been optimized to achieve strong torque over a broad rpm range
    • fast, linear throttle response
    • engine design allows a whole new level of “rider – machine communication”
  • Lightweight “coupling force balancer” is used to reduce engine vibration for excellent rider comfort.
  • “Fracture split” connecting rods feature a “nut less” design.
    • lower end “cap” of the rod is made from the same piece of material as the upper portion; the 2 pieces are “split” apart using a special fracturing process & then machined
    • design aids in establishing true big end roundness & greater precision in con rod dimensions for excellent durability despite the high horsepower loads.
  • Lightweight, forged, aluminum short skirt pistons.
    • design aids in fast engine response
    • reduces mechanical vibration
    • excellent durability
  • Direct ceramic composite plated cylinder uses “liner less” bores.
    • ceramic coating sprayed directly on the aluminum block, eliminating the liner & reducing weight
    • excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery
    • coating enhances the thin film of oil between the cylinder & piston, reducing friction & increasing power
  • Offset cylinder design.
    • cylinder is “offset” relative to the crank (toward exhaust side)
    • reduces frictional losses between the pistons and the cylinder wall during the power stroke for improved power output
  • One-piece cylinder and upper crankcase assembly.
    • superior engine & chassis rigidity (engine is a stressed member)
    • reduces weight
  • Lightweight hollow camshafts.
    • cam profiles are designed for excellent torque in the low & mid rpm range
  • Crankcases feature a “Tri-Axis” layout for the crank, main & drive axles.
    • creates a more compact & shorter engine front to back
    • shorter engine allows for optimum engine placement in the “sweet spot” of frame for desired weight distribution & great handling
  • Closed loop Mikuni, 41mm, throttle body fuel injection system.
    • system uses throttle position sensor (TPS) & acceleration position sensor (APS)
    • injectors feature 12 holes & 20 degree spray pattern
    • injectors spray fuel directly at the intake valve
    • “closed loop system” uses an oxygen sensor to “sniff” spent exhaust & automatically adjust the fuel / air ratio for reduced emissions
    • fuel injection benefits include choke-free starting, steady idling during warm up, excellent fuel economy & reduced emissions
  • Yamaha Chip Control Throttle (YCC-T).
    • YCC-T electronically controls throttle valves for outstanding throttle response & controllability
    • YCC-T system provides precise control of intake air volume for a smoother torque curve
    • ECU that controls YCC-T is capable of responding to changes at a speed of 1000th of a second
  • Yamaha D-Mode variable throttle control … 3 modes available.
    • enables the rider to adjust the performance characteristics of the engine based on riding preferences or riding conditions
    • standard mode emphasizes very linear throttle & torque feel of the engine
    • A mode allows the rider to enjoy even sportier engine performance in the low to mid rpms
    • B Mode reduces throttle response for riding situations that require softer power characteristics, such as slippery or wet conditions
    • D-Mode button is conveniently located on the RHS handle bar switch gear
  • Traction control system with 2 modes plus off.
    • mode 1 provides mid-level intervention (allows some wheel spin)
    • mode 2 provides maximum intervention (no wheel spin)
    • works in conjunction with the YCC-T system (utilizing same wheel sensors as ABS system)
    • system senses when the rear wheel begins to spin & modifies the YCC-T function, ignition timing & fuel injection volume to reduce power & eliminate wheel spin
    • status indicator / warning light in meter assembly
  • Electronic Control Unit (ECU) utilizes a powerful 32-bit processor for fast control of the injection, engine management & ignition processes.
  • Air box features dual resonator chambers & unequal internal intake funnel lengths for all 3 cylinders.
    • benefit is a wide torque curve & exciting intake sound that accentuates the exhaust note
    • viscous paper type air filter is used
  • Compact 6-speed transmission.
    • gear ratios are optimized to accentuate the torque & throttle response of the engine
    • accessory plug & play quick shifter
  • Compact, slipper (back limiter) clutch with assist.
    • slipper clutch reduces the negative effects of engine braking on handling & suspension
    • reduces rear wheel hop/ chatter when decelerating for improved riding performance & smoother corner entries
    • assist function reduces clutch lever effort by up to 20%
  • Accessory quick shifter ready.
    • allows for faster upshifts by eliminating the need to close the throttle or pull in the clutch
    • works with standard shift pattern
    • reduces wear & tear on the clutch & transmission
    • easy plug-and-play installation (part number: BS2-E81A0-V0-00)
  • Revised, compact, low mounted, 3 into 1 exhaust system.
    • stainless steel header pipes with special “Nano-film” coating
    • muffler is a triple expansion type with a 3-way honeycomb catalyzer to reduce emissions
    • low mounted design centralizes mass for excellent handling & light weight feeling
    • revised muffler cover & end cap for improved appearance
  • Flat design radiator with new side scoops.
    • protector plate on lower edge of rad prevents small stones from hitting the rad & cooling fan
    • new side scoops direct air into rad plus adds a styling protector plate on lower edge of rad prevents small stones from hitting the rad & cooling fan
  • Wet sump lubrication system with liquid-cooled oil cooler & easy access drain plug & oil filter.
    • liquid-cooled oil cooler maintains stable lubricant temperatures for extended engine life
    • easy access spin-on type oil filter & drain plug for fast oil changes
  • Maintenance-free transistor controlled ignition (TCI).
    • produces a strong spark for fast starts
    • provides precise ignition timing / mapping for optimum engine performance at all rpms
  • Air Injection System (AIS… not ram air) injects fresh air into exhaust ports to fully burn any unburnt fuel, reducing exhaust emissions.


  • CF (Controlled Filling) die cast, twin spar, diamond-type, aluminum frame
    • provides an optimized rigidity balance for incredible sports performance & excellent stability
    • engine is a stressed member of the chassis, allowing a lighter, more compact main frame
    • light, agile handling qualities
  • Riding position is one of the most important features of the MT-09 chassis.
    • upright seating position offers a balance between sports handling & excellent rider comfort
  • Key chassis geometry figures include:
    • 1440mm (56.7″) wheelbase, 25 degrees of rake & 103 mm of trail
    • front to rear weight distribution is 51 / 49%
    • lean angle is 51 degrees, highlighting the sporty nature of the MT-09
    • chassis dimensions & shape are designed to enhance the qualities of the 3 cylinder engine, to centralize mass & lower the centre of gravity
  • Detachable, round tube steel rear sub frame.
    • allows easy access to rear suspension components
    • reduces costs in the event of damage
  • Externally mounted, C.F. (Controlled Filling) die cast aluminum, truss-type rear swingarm.
    • external design means the swingarm mounts on the outside of the frame spars… not the inside
    • external design keeps unit narrower in the seat – fuel tank junction which influences seat height & makes it easier to touch the ground
    • lightweight design reduces unsprung weight for superior suspension performance
    • excellent rear wheel traction & control
  • Fully adjustable, 41mm inverted fork offers 137mm (5.4″) of wheel travel.
    • spring preload, compression & rebound adjustability
    • separated adjustments; compression adjustment in right fork, rebound in left fork
    • inverted design benefits include, reduced “unsprung” weight & reduced fork flex since the larger diameter tubes are gripped in the triple clamps
    • adjustable design allows the rider to tailor suspension settings to match rider weight, road conditions & riding style to optimize handling & suspension performance
  • Lightweight, aluminum upper & lower triple clamps.
  • Adjustable link-type Monocross rear suspension with 130 mm (5.1″) of wheel travel.
    • rear shock adjustments include: 7-steps of spring preload & 3 turns of rebound damping
  • ABS equipped, dual 298 mm floating front discs squeezed by radial mount, mono-block, 4-piston calipers.
    • radial mount design helps to reduce caliper distortion for improved braking performance
    • master cylinder uses a 16 mm piston
    • excellent stopping power & control with good lever feedback
  • ABS equipped, 245 mm rear disc squeezed by a lightweight single piston, slide-type Nissin caliper.
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS).
    • ABS controlling ECU & hydraulic unit are combined into a single compact unit to reduce weight & centralize mass
    • when ABS system senses impending wheel lock-up (via active type wheel sensors) it regulates hydraulic braking pressure to the point just before the wheel or wheels lock-up
    • ABS benefits include; excellent control under hard braking or when braking on wet, slippery or loose surfaces
  • Lightweight, cast-aluminum 10-spoke wheels.
    • lightweight design reduces unsprung weight for excellent suspension & handling characteristics
    • front rim size is MT3.50-17; rear rim size is MT5.50-17
  • Conventional, tapered aluminum handlebar.
    • lightweight & strong
    • offers a comfortable, upright riding position for excellent all day riding comfort
    • traditional design allows easy replacement to a different “bend” if desired
  • 14-litre steel fuel tank.
    • slim design with great knee grip
    • steel allows use of magnetic style tank bags
    • reserve portion of the tank is 2.8 litres (low fuel light illuminates)
    • internal electric fuel pump
  • One piece, long design rider & passenger seat.
    • seat height is 815 mm (32.1″)
    • dual texture seat cover
  • Compact, liquid crystal multi-function meter / instrument.
    • functions (all digital) include: bar-style tachometer, digital speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, fuel reserve trip meter (counts kilometers since low fuel light illuminated) coolant temperature, gear indicator, instant & average fuel consumption, intake air temperature, D-mode display & engine trouble diagnostic mode
    • background illumination is adjustable
  • Super aggressive, LED “twin eye” headlights with LED position lights.
    • compact LED twin headlights (2 – LEDs per headlight)
    • on low beam the inner 2 – LEDs illuminate; on high beam all 4 – LEDs illuminate
    • LED position lighting below the main twin eye lights (3 – LEDs per strip)
    • LEDs have a much longer service life Vs. conventional bulbs & also use less power
    • LED lighting compliments MT-09’s aggressive, lightweight “naked roadster styling”
  • 4 – LED tail light with unique running / brake light display.
  • Forged aluminum, swingarm mounted rear fender & license plate holder.


    • Triple auxiliary DC connectors (2 x 2A & 1 x 5A)
    • Lightweight forged aluminum footrests, shifter and rear brake pedal
    • Lockable steering
    • Excessive lean angle engine cut-out switch (if unit is on its side the engine will shut down)
    • Durable “O”-ring drive chain
    • Convenient oil level sight glass
    • Low-maintenance sealed battery (battery should be charged during winter storage)
    • Yamaha diagnostic tool connector

NOTE: The MT-09 offers a significant level of power and performance. It is not intended for novice or inexperienced riders.




2020 Yamaha MT-09 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $8999 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $10199 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £See dealer for pricing in GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine Type                 847cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline 3-cylinder; 12


Bore x Stroke                78.0mm x 59.1mm

Compression Ratio     11.5:1

Fuel Delivery                Fuel injection with YCC-T

Ignition                      TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition Transmission           6-speed; multiplate assist and slipper clutch Final Drive            Chain

Suspension / Front        41mm inverted fork, fully adjustable; 5.4-in travel

Suspension / Rear         Single shock, adjustable preload and rebound

damping; 5.1-in travel

Brakes / Front               Dual 298mm hydraulic disc; ABS

Brakes / Rear                245mm hydraulic disc; ABS

Tires / Front                 120/70ZR17

Tires / Rear                  180/55ZR17

L x W x H                    81.7 in x 32.1 in x 44.1 in

Seat Height                32.3 in

Wheelbase                   56.7 in Rake (Caster Angle)    25.0° Trail  4.1 in

Maximum Ground           5.3 in


Fuel Capacity               3.7 gal

Fuel Economy**          44 mpg

Wet Weight***            425 lb

Warranty                      1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

Color                           Ice Fluo; Matte Raven Black; Team Yamaha Blue





2020 Yamaha MT-09 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canada Specifications/Technical Details


Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 12-valve (4-valves/cyl), inline-three cylinder
Bore and Stroke
78 x 59.1 mm
Compression Ratio
Maximum Torque
8.9 kg-m (64.3 ft-lbs.) @ 8,500 rpm
Engine Management
YCC-T, D-Mode & Traction Control
Fuel Delivery
Mikuni 41mm throttle body F.I.
Estimated Fuel Consumption±
18.6kpl / 52.5 mpg (Imp.)
Wet sump
Ignition / Starting
TCI / Electric
Final Drive
“O”-ring chain


Suspension (Front)
Adjustable 41mm inverted fork / 137mm (5.4″) wheel travel
Suspension (Rear)
Adjustable link Monocross / 130mm (5.1″) wheel travel
Brakes (Front)
Dual 298 mm discs / radial mount 4-piston calipers / ABS equipped
Brakes (Rear)
245 mm disc / single piston caliper / ABS equipped
Tires (Front)
Tires (Rear)


2,075 mm (81.7″)
815 mm (32.1″)
1,120 mm (44.1″)
1,440 mm (56.7″)
Rake / Trail
25° / 103 mm
Ground Clearance
135 mm (5.3″)
Seat Height
820 mm (32.3″)
Fuel Capacity
14 litres (3.1 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight
193 kg (425 lb.)
Yamaha Racing Blue
Ice Fluo
Tech Black




2020 Yamaha MT-09 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details





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