2010 Yamaha MT-01 SP
New MT-01 SP reinforces Yamaha’s
‘Torque Sports’ category
In September 2004 Yamaha created a whole new ‘Torque
Sports’ category with the launch of the remarkable
MT-01. Powered by a massive 1,670cc V-twin engine
and featuring an aluminium sports chassis, the MT-01
is a truly unique motorcycle that underlines Yamaha’s
position as the leading innovator within the powered
two wheeler industry.
Since its launch, the original MT-01 has won over
many riders. This head-turning machine has introduced
open-minded bikers to the pleasures of the Torque
Sports world, where low rpm torque and effortless
roll-on acceleration are the name of the game.
For 2009 Yamaha introduce the MT-01 SP, a special
limited-edition version featuring a range of significant
chassis and stylistic changes which are designed to
offer an enhanced riding experience.
Ohlins front and rear suspension
One of the most significant new features to be seen
on the new MT-01 SP is the use of Ohlins front and
New 43mm Ohlins front forks have been designed to
offer high levels of feedback from the road surface.
These high specification forks have been developed
in association with Ohlins specifically for the new
MT-01 SP, they feature optimal spring and damping
settings which, after intensive testing, have been
set to match the unique characteristics of the MT-01
SP’s high-torque engine and aluminium chassis.
The Ohlins rear shock absorber features a separate
reservoir which ensures consistent damping performance.
This new rear suspension offers high levels of comfort
combined with first class handling, stability and
New levels of road-holding and excitement can be
reached with the addition of these finely tuned updates,
adding a greater level of sophistication and performance
to an exclusive top of the range model.
Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres
The new MT-01 SP’s front and rear wheels are
equipped with Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres as original
equipment, with a 120/70-17 front and a 190/50-17
rear. These well respected tyres offer good levels
of grip combined with strong turning qualities and
enhanced wet weather performance. These inherent characteristics
are designed to underline the sporting potential of
the SP’s aluminium chassis.
Fatter tapered handlebars and machined aluminium
The new MT-01 SP model is equipped with fatter 28.6mm
diameter tapered handlebars which are used in place
of the standard model’s 25.4mm diameter design.
In addition, the SP is also fitted with a machined
aluminium handlebar crown, and the combination of
the new fatter handlebars and the high quality crown
accentuates the bike’s muscular image, and ensures
a comfortable and sporty riding position.
Special colour scheme
As well as being equipped with higher specification
suspension, Pirelli tyres and fatter tapered handlebars,
the new MT-01 SP also benefits from a special new
The focal point is the red and white fuel tank which
is complemented by a red front fender and red chrome
MT logo on the tank. A new two-tone seat and gold
wheels underline the exclusivity of this attractive
new SP model. Other special features include a protective
nano-film coating on the bare-metal finish exhaust,
and the use of additional chrome plating on selected
engine and chassis components.
A more intense experience of KODO
KODO is a Japanese noun that can mean soul beat,
pulsation, or the external expression of latent power.
The original MT-01 was built around the concept of
KODO, and the new higher specification Yamaha MT-01
SP has been designed to elevate the experience of
KODO to an even higher level.
In developing the new model, Yamaha’s engineers
have concentrated on two key areas: enhancing the
levels of surface feedback felt by the rider, and
accentuating the visualization of the machine’s
These goals have been achieved by the use of the
new Ohlins suspension, Pirelli tyres and a radical
new colour scheme which work together to deliver to
the rider an even more exciting, rewarding and unique
Torque Sports experience.
MT-01 Technical Highlights
- Massive 1,670 cc, 4-stroke, 48 degree V-Twin
- Aluminium sports chassis
- Massive low rpm torque output
MT-01 SP Features
- Sports bike handling qualities
- New Ohlins front and rear suspension
- New Pirelli Diablo Rosso tyres
- New exclusive red and white colour scheme
- New two-tone seat
- New gold coloured wheels
- New nano-film coating on the bare-metal finish
- New additional chrome-plated components