MCN Senior Road Tester Michael Neeves is going to be in Spain later this week for the launch of Yamaha’s eagerly awaited MT-10.
Essentially an R1 without a fairing, the MT-10 is tuned to deliver increased low and mid-range torque. It’s based heavily on the YZF-R1S – the American version of the UK’s full-blown model, and gets the same main chassis, swing arm, suspension, electronics package, wheels and basic engine architecture.
With a 1400mm wheelbase and revised geometry, the MT-10 is built to be sharp and responsive, helped further by carrying its 210kg kerb weight low in the chassis. It pushes out a healthy 158.2bhp at 11,500rpm and 81.86ftlb of torque at 9000rpm, plenty to keep you occupied. Coming in with a competitive list price of just £9999, the MT-10 is right on budget with the current crop of sporty naked 1000’s.
It’s expected in dealers later this month and will also be at the MCN Festival, where you can try it yourself and take the first MT-10’s in the country for a test ride. Click here for more information and tickets.
Check back for updates and our first impressions.