YAMAHA MT-10 SP (2017 - on) Review
- Spectacular super naked with R1 underpinnings
- Semi-active electronic suspension
- Exceptional cross-plane crank engine
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£260|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
The award winning MT-10 is an excellent bike, and now Yamaha have moved the game forward with the MT-10 SP.
- Latest news: 2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP revealed
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.
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Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
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.
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
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.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
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.
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.
|Engine type||liquid cooled, 16v, inline four-cylider|
|Frame type||Cast aluminium beam|
|Fuel capacity||17 litres|
|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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||42 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£260|
|Used price||£10,000 - £13,500|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||2 years|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||160 bhp|
|Max torque||81.87 ft-lb|
|Top speed||160 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||160 miles|
Model history & versions
2016: Model introduced
Yamaha MT-10 T (touring)
Other Yamaha MT family models
- Yamaha MT-125 review (2014-on)
- Yamaha MT-01 review
- Yamaha MT-03 review (2006-2016)
- Yamaha MT-03 review (2016-on)
- Yamaha MT-07 review (2014-2018)
- Yamaha MT-07 review (2018-on)
- Yamaha MT-09 review (2013-on)
- Yamaha MT-09 SR review (2014-on)
- Yamaha MT-09 SP review (2018-on)
- Yamaha MT-09 Tracer review (2015-2018)
- Yamaha MT-10 review (2016-on)
MCN Long term test reports
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In the shimmering sunlight of Cape Town it’s that paintjob that strikes you first, clearly redolent of the firm’s range-topping superbike; blue wheels, silver and blue paint and flashes of gold from the Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension all make for an attractive and aggressive stance. The entire …
Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA MT-10 SP (2017 - on)
7 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA MT-10 SP (2017 - on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
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|Annual servicing cost:||£260|
Fantastic, fun bike that will do anything on road or track. Always puts a smile on your face. Great engine, great suspension and performance to spare.
1000k days are no problem
A bit thirsty, but brilliant fun until the gas runs out
Runs really well on road 5’s
Superb engine. Lovely colour scheme in the flesh.
-1 due to my own idiosyncrasies and where I ride. I live in Prague, where road surfaces are atrocious, and because of it I have found the suspensions to not be supple enough, at least for my back. To solve it, I have to ride on my toes all the time, which is making my knees hurt big time. So, all in all, the right bike at the wrong time. Shame, because I LOVE everything else about. If only Yamaha offered the same engine in a trailie-type chassis with slightly more forgiving suspensions, it'd be a winner for me.
Orgasmic. Power delivery and sound, all of it, sublime.
So far so good.
Not cheap, but value for money.
Semi-active suspensions: great, but not enough give for me, even at their most lenient.TFT: love the colour change as you rev up. Having said that, already looking a tad old I feel.
Buying experience: Dealer in Prague. Good. Price around 13.000 GBP with a few extras.
Annual servicing cost: £140
Every time I ride it I end up with big grin on my face. The bike sounds great decat, and stubby Werxs carbon can. I have fitted comfort seat which makes ride more enjoyable. Added small screen which does help with wind deflection. Never owned before a bike with ohlins electronic suspension, rode a standard MT10 before and I can say the extra for ohlins is worth it.
There are bucket loads of torque, the MT10 is happy bimbbling round or scratching through B roads when the mood takes you, handling corners along with power wheelies keeping you engaged. The brakes are adequate enough and Abs not too intrusive. The MT10 is pretty much an all-rounder throw some panniers on and the bike is ready to tour. I ve managed full days of riding without too much pains though bum does end up numb, it's a good idea to wear cycling shorts with padding in.
Enjoy the power /torque from engine the sound is addictive. Quick shifter is novel add, that can shift you when the mood takes you
Standard down pipes if left can look rusty after a while, with a bit of elbow grease and autosol can keep them looking nice
The MT10 is a little thirsty but this is easily over looked due to the bikes fun factor
Best accessory probably the comfort seat, but decat and small carbon can add to the lure that the MT10 has. Avoid short stubby levers bought on line they were cheap and consequently don't fit aswell as standard. Fitted some bar end mirrors to keep bikes profile low they're not the best, they do work and I had to buy proper bolts to fit in bar ends drill and tap them, as the rubber plugs didn't keep mirrors in place.
Buying experience: Dealer was Ian Bells who have been good looking after me giving a good deal, and descent services.
Annual servicing cost: £400
Best is engine, practicality it's a almost do anything motorcycle from short blast to long haul touring. Dislike fuel gauge is like a revs counter! It's a wee bit thirsty, also gauge jumps in increments the first being half then third quarter.... N panic
Having ohlins shocks makes for a plush ride Brakes are OK they stop you which is what they are meant to
Good acceleration bit thirsty love the sound Lots of grunt if you like the front wheel to lift
So far she's been fine.
Love the bike, loads of character for an in line 4. Never fails to put smile on my face. Fuel economy ain't great she's thirsty.
Standard has to be the ohlins suspension. Love carbon Fibre pipe worx exhaust and the sound. Tyre choice Metzler 01s last well and give good grip. Fitted comfort seat which helps a lot on long rides.
Buying experience: Dealer brand new so priced at 2017 prices
Annual servicing cost: £300
If u never test ride anything else the SP seems like the dogs danglies. Comfy, powerful & good handling. Overall however, once you've had one for a while they don't live up to the hype.
Ride quality is very good, is it worth the extra over a standard MT10? Only you can decide that. Brakes... If you've never ridden anything else you may comment they are good. However they lack the feel & bite of Brembos. - The term wooden would be a fair description.
This is the MT10's party piece. No shortage of power. Power settings helpful, bike can be to aggressive for road use so I've found dialing it back a notch makes for a nicer ride.
Yamaha's seem very much built down to a budget now. An MT10 won't fair well if ridden in inclement weather. Bare metal surfaces quickly tarnish, regular careful cleaning & corrosion prevention a must. Fork seals blew in 18 months. Some of the components just feel cheap. At over £15k with a couple of extras, the SP isn't cheap.
Yamaha dealers seem to charge a premium hourly rate. Factor in a chain & sprockets as the factory ones are poor.
SP is lagging behind now. For the price you'd expect Brembos & an autoblipper. Blipper can be sorted easily but invalidates warranty. Heated grips OK, comfort seat nice if you ride more than a couple hours. Screen good if you do long journeys at speed.
Buying experience: Yamaha are working hard to get away from the bike shed dealer image. If only the quality of the products matched the shiny showrooms. Shop around, there are deals to be had on the price front.
Annual servicing cost: £220
After having 2 Yamaha FJR’s before the MT-10SP I did wonder if I was having a midlife crisis, but the more I ride it the more I have fell back in love with biking. It’s true that I always seem to be going into petrol stations, but I’ll forgive the bike, just for the sheer thrill of that engine and what an engine it is, I don’t do wheelies, perhaps 3 or 4 in 200,000 miles, I think I done more than that on the MT-10 in the first week though to be honest when I overtake cars the last thing I want is to wheelie, I want forward drive but occasionally the bike wheelies, I’ve tried different power modes with different traction control levels with mixed results, some, however might like that. Would I recommend this bike without doubt it's great.
Some say the brakes are wooden but I find them ok, I don’t really have that much to compare them to, having FJRs as previous bikes. I got a comfort seat as an option which I would definitely recommend all day comfort. Yamaha heated grips are very good with the controls built next to the grip itself. The only other mod is a Givi screen, though I might get a Yamaha one for going up to Yorkshire to help with the wind blast, but for 90% of the time it’s perfectly fine.
This engine is an absolute peach, low down power it’s available in any gear and it’s instant power. It makes this a very naughty bike, like a little devil on your shoulder saying go on give it a bit more you know you like it.
As previously mentioned visits to petrol stations are very regular, I’m getting about 35-40 mpg, but it’s not a scooter so you pay your money etc.
The overall looks, the colours on the tank and wheels and the Öhlins suspension
Buying experience: I bought from P&H Motorcycles Gatwick, and I really enjoyed the experience, I got what I thought was a very reasonable price for my old bike, it was no hassle. And their service department looks the best I have seen.
I've had many many bikes, supersport, superbike, nakeds, tourers - This thing TOPS the lot !!!!
I'm 6'2/3" and manage 100 miles + without any discomfort, and that's using the standard rock hard factory seat. It surprised me ! Brakes are epic, I can't say I would notice any difference between the standard calipers where compared to that of monobloc M4 brembo's.
Fabulous power delivery, you could track this beauty or tour the highlands - EASY ! 2nd and 3rd gear power wheelies are on tap, like it or not ( Certainly no clutch required for that kind of tomfoolery ) Mode B is enough for the road, and if you have TCS at level 1 you really do not need anything more. ( Track work may invoke Mode A, however the throttle in my opinion is best at B )
The build quality is up there with the best I've seen. The exquisite details out-do that of italian exotica in my opinion, and far less susceptible to corrosion than some manufacturers I wont mention. I have ridden in the salt, this has had no detriment to any finishes.
So much usable power from any revs mean you don't need to wring it's neck, hence a reasonable fuel economy. Remember this is a 'Hypernaked' so if you need to penny pinch on fuel go buy a paralell twin.
Hypersports I've always loved - great for this bike as a multipurpose inspiring plenty of confidence. Don't be surprised if you have the knee slider down near cold on roundabouts ( It really does handle that well ). I had Yamaha genuine heated grips fitted, which are great and no ugly aftermarket control hanging off the bars. There is a 12v power socket in the front cowl, so USB charging is simple with any adaptor. A big plus is the Cruise Control. This is a simple application, kinda rider intuitive really having only tried it once in a 30mph zone however I remember how impressed at how simple it was to use. OHLINS - What can I say, I'm like a magpie and the suspension just winks at me everytime I look at the bike. Exhaust note - anyone familiar with the cross-plane crank knows these bad boys sound something between a RSV4 and a RCV ! No aftermarket can yet, and to be honest I don't think it needs one.