Gallery: Yamaha MT-10 SP first ride

Published: 03 March 2017

Yamaha's standard MT-10 was already one of our favourite bikes, but with the SP version Yamaha have moved the game on to further the heat on the competition.

The SP version comes with semi-active Ohlins suspension which makes it much easier to personalise the MT to the roads you ride and how you ride them. Our Senior Road Tester Adam Child was impressed when he rode the MT-10 SP at the launch in South Africa, but he reckons the biggest problem with the new bike is that the standard bike is almost as good.

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The SP looks much the same as the standard model, so no matter how good it is, the bug-eyed sci-fi design will still split opinion.

Yamaha MT-10SP Tech Specs

Price: £13,399
Engine: 998cc (79x50.9mm) liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-stroke.
Power (claimed): 160bhp @11,500rpm
Torque (claimed): 81.87ftlb @ 9000rpm
Weight: 190kg (dry)
Tank capacity: 17l
Frame: Aluminium Deltabox
Seat Height: 825mm
Suspension: front 48mm Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension semi-active fork, rear single Öhlins ERS semi active shock.
Brakes: 2 x 320mm discs with four-piston radial caliper. 220mm rear disc with two piston caliper
Colours: Blue and Silver

 

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And let's not forget how great the standard MT-10 is...