YAMAHA MT-10 SP (2017-on) Review

Published: 04 December 2017

"Yamaha’s super naked gets serious –with semi-active Ohlins suspension, TFT full colour clocks and R1 like styling."

YAMAHA MT-10 SP  (2017-on)

"Yamaha’s super naked gets serious –with semi-active Ohlins suspension, TFT full colour clocks and R1 like styling."

  • At a glance
  • 998cc  -  160 bhp
  • 42 mpg  -  160 miles range
  • Medium seat height (825mm)
  • New: £13,699
    Used: £11,600 to £13,400 See all YAMAHA MT-10 SPs for sale

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The award winning MT-10 is an excellent bike, and now Yamaha have moved the game forward with the MT-10 SP. The semi-active suspension gives you more scope, which makes the new MT easier to personalise to the roads you ride and how you like to ride them. The colour TFT clocks, new switchgear and R1M like colours give a feeling of sophistication and quality. However, Yamaha’s biggest competition is the standard MT-10, which is still brilliant in stock trim and £2600 cheaper.

Ride Quality & Brakes 0 out of 5

The big difference between the MT-10 and SP is obviously the suspension. It’s now controlled by Ohlins’ semi-active system. This enables you to change the suspension on the move (compression and rebound only) and the suspension responds to road imperfections on the move. There are two semi-active modes A1 and A2, plus three manual modes. In the manual modes the suspension isn’t ‘active’ but you can change the settings electronically. A1 is the sportier of the two semi-active options.

Engine 0 out of 5

Yamaha have left the R1 derived cross-plane engine alone, it’s identical to the standard MT-10. The same smooth 160bhp and 81.87ftlb of torque. It’s a gem; one of the finest engines on the market. It has the over rev and excitement of a conventional in-line four, but the grunt and torque of a V-four or even V-Twin. It will pull from as little as 2000rpm on a continuous wave of power, it’s sublime.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Yamaha has a great reputation for build quality and reliability and the MT-10 SP follows this envied tradition. It’s based on the current R1 and, early gearbox recall aside (which doesn’t affect this model), there have been no major problems reported.

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

Yamahs’s standard MT-10 is £2600 cheaper, but doesn’t have clever semi-active Ohlins suspension, or the new TFT clocks, switchgear and colours. At £13,699 the MT-10 SP isn’t cheap. BMW’s S1000R Sport is Yamaha’s closest competion, with unique semi-active suspension and starts at a cheaper £12,725.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The rider aids are identical to the standard MT-10, this means conventional ABS and traction control, there isn’t slide control or cornering ABS as like Yamaha’s R1 as the SP doesn’t have an internal gyro to measure lean angles. Ohlins semi-active suspension replaces the conventional suspension and the SP gains a full colour TFT dash similar to the R1.

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Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2017
Year discontinued -
New price £13,699
Used price £11,600 to £13,400
Warranty term 2 years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £85
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 160 bhp
Max torque 81.87 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 998cc
Engine type liquid cooled, 16v, inline four-cylider
Frame type Cast aluminium beam
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 210kg
Front suspension 43mm Ohlins semi-active
Rear suspension Single ohlins shock semi-active
Front brake 2 x320mm discs, four-piston radial calipers, ABS
Rear brake 220mm disc, single piston caliper, ABS
Front tyre size 120/70x17
Rear tyre size 190/55x17

History & Versions

Model history

2016: Model introduced

Other versions

Yamaha MT-10

Yamaha MT-10 T (touring).

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