European fans of the Yamaha MT-01 are offered a 2009 limited edition version called SP in the manufacturer’s attempt to enhance the riding experience while also making the bike more attractive. So while the engine remains the same 1,670cc V-twin developing 90 horsepower at 4,750rpm and 150Nm of torque at 3,750rpm, the fork is now a fancy 43mm USD Öhlins unit and the rear shock an adjustable Öhlins one. These, together with the 17-inch wheels now featuring Pirelli Diablo Rosso tires – 120/70 front and 190/50 rear – are, according to Yamaha, supposed to offer ‘a more intense experience of ‘Kodo,’. Synthesizing, this means more heart beats per second.
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