We’ll be riding Yamaha’s new £13,399 MT-10SP at its world launch in Cape Town on Saturday.
The standard MT-10 (which gets a quickshifter and revised mapping for 2017) burst on to the scene last year and rocked the super naked establishment.
With its punchy crossplane crank motor, sparkling handling, unobtrusive electronics and natural riding position, the naked R1 proved to be fun, fast and practical. Crucially it became the first ever hardcore naked to come from Japan.
In MCN’s 2016 super naked group it had the beating of the BMW S1000R, KTM 1290 Super Duke R, Ducati Monster R and Triumph Speed Triple R.
Only Aprilia’s mighty (and far more expensive) Tuono V4 1100 Factory had what it took to put the Yamaha in the shade, but that could be set to change with this new SP version.
For an extra £2600 over the the base model the SP has the same basic engine, electronics and chassis, but comes with semi-active Ohlins electronic suspension, a full colour TFT dash, a quickshifter and an R1M look-a-like paintjob.
Check back here over the weekend and on MCN’s social media channels, to discover our first impressions and read the full test in the March 1st issue of MCN.