189bhp | 196kg | Seat height 832mm
The radically restyled face of the new MT-09 is headlined by an aggressive LED twin-eye headlight design that makes it look a bit like the MT-10 and pulls it away from the more anodyne and traditional single light of the original.
The bold new unit matches the full width of the fork tubes, and a pair of slim running lights now sit below the headlights, complimented by sharp winglets that follow the contours of the headlight assembly. The LCD dash is unchanged, but moves closer to the new headlight assembly, while the turn signals have been relocated and now sit down by the radiator.
That new tail unit ditches the conventional numberplate hanger, which is now mounted on an ugly arm that bolts to the swingarm. The upwardly slanted subframe has been shortened by a noticeable 30mm, and houses a new integrated three-dimensional LED taillight, while the new seat is flatter and 5mm higher and is claimed to now offer better rider support.
There’s also an Assist & Slip (A&S) clutch, which delivers more precise engagement, while acting as a slipper clutch under negative load. The lever action is also reduced by a claimed 20%, making persistent town work lighter on your left hand. And for upshifts there’s now a quickshifter as standard.
160/180bhp | 140kg | Seat height TBCMM
The Street is effectively a naked version of the Sport with big wide bars and a twin front headlight. It retains the same engine, power characteristics, suspension and fullyadjustable chassis as the Sport model and is also available as a more powerful R. While the brazed steel trellis frame and bodywork are all bespoke, the Triumph 675 derived engine now packs 750cc thanks to an increased stroke, while the bore remains the same. That means 156bhp for the Street, and a pant-wettingly amusing 180bhp on the R.
The MT-09 gets its first major update since its launch three years ago