YAMAHA MT-10 (2016 - on) Review
At a glance
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|Annual servicing cost:||£160|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
- Related: Yamaha MT-10 long-term test
Video: Yamaha MT-10 first ride review
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
The MT-10 has an engine to die for - right up there with the best European super nakeds, but the chassis has a more conservative Japanese flavour to it. Like the Kawasaki Z1000, Suzuki GSX-S1000 and Honda CB1000R it’s a little less racy than its engine. Fully adjustable KYB forks and shock, lifted from the R1, are set on the soft and cossetting side and the old-generation Bridgestone S20 tyres have decent grip, but they’re not as sharp and quick steering as a sports tyre.But the Yamaha is still hugely competent and never puts a foot wrong.
Sure, it doesn’t pinball from corner to corner, changing direction like disco laser beam, like its expensive rivals, but the steering is predictable, the handling is forgiving and there’s lots of feel for what’s going on beneath you.Lightly modified R1 brakes are strong, but not class-leading and whether it’s the different compound pads or the new Bosh RU ABS system, they actually have more feel than the R1’s on the road. They’re more pleasurable and tactile to use. And although the MT-10 doesn’t have the latest six-axis internal gyro powering its traction control, like the R1 (only wheelspeed sensors), the system works brilliantly. Unlike the KTM 1290 Super Duke, for example, the system lets you pull wheelies with the TC left on. There’s lots of legroom and the riding position is spacious, but the seat can be uncomfortable after a few hours’ riding.
EngineNext up: Reliability
Yamaha have decided you don’t need a peaky 200bhp R1 race engine for the road. They’ve moved the power lower down the revs, where you can reach it and shortened the gearing by two teeth on the rear, just to make sure. Power delivery isn’t unlike the original, gruntier 2009 R1.
They’ve altered 40% of the R1’s engine internals, stripping away a lot of its titanium and magnesium components to suit its lower-revving, more torque-laden character, which also means it’s cheaper, so the MT-10 costs less than all its European rivals. The crossplane unit is a masterpiece of an engine. It howls, growls and wails like a Yamaha YZR-M1 MotoGP racer at full whack, has the punch of a V4 exiting corners and a power delivery so elastic, an electric motor would seem clunky by comparison.
The throttle response is peachy, too, so long as you leave it in ‘standard’ mode. A and B modes are too sharp for accurate cornering…or wheelies. Who said Euro 4 had to be boring?
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
Yamaha has a great reputation for build quality and reliability and the MT-10 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
The MT-10 is great value for money for what is essentially a naked version of the R1 (which is 50% more expensive). It’s priced similar to its Japanese rivals and a lot cheaper than its European super naked rivals.
As well as R1 brakes, suspension, engine and chassis you also get cruise control, electronic rider modes and traction control as standard. There’s also a full array of official Yamaha accessories available to make the MT-10 racier (quickshifter, rearsets and racing levers) and more touring focussed (tall screen, luggage and comfort seat).
|Engine type||Liquid-cooled, 16v, inline four-cylinder.|
|Frame type||Cast aluminium beam|
|Fuel capacity||17 litres|
|Front suspension||43mm, fully-adjustable KYB forks|
|Rear suspension||Single rear KYB, fully-adjustable|
|Front brake||2 x 320mm discs with four-piston radial calipers.|
|Rear brake||220mm single disc with single-piston caliper.|
|Front tyre size||120/70 x 17|
|Rear tyre size||180/55 x 17|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||42 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£93|
|Annual service cost||£160|
|Used price||£7,700 - £10,000|
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Top speed & performance
|Max power||158 bhp|
|Max torque||82 ft-lb|
|Top speed||160 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||160 miles|
Model history & versions
2016: Model introduced
- 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 SP review (2017-on)
Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA MT-10 (2016 - on)
22 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA MT-10 (2016 - 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:||£160|
The first test ride scared me. I then tried the KTM SuperDuke 1290 and Honda CB1000R and BMW S1000R. However, it just clicked with a second test-ride, and I bought. Very happy - no regrets. I love it to bits, and hopefully will never sell. It does everything you ask of it, and does it well. I ordered the Touring Edition in 2018 in black - looks amazing. Used for commuting, day trips and week long touring. Did 700 miles one day with no aches. Could sit at 170kph on German autobahns between petrol stations. I am considering getting ECU flashed.
Great on smooth flowing roads; default settings can feel hard on rougher roads. I'll play with the suspension settings to see if that helps. I try to use the brakes as little as possible, they (I only use the front) don't feel the best (compared to previous Fireblade and S1000XR) but I've never had a problem. I will probably change the front brake pads to (road not track) Brembo SA ones.
The power. The noise. It's like simultaneous thunder and an earthquake. A T-Rex scream at you. How you feel when your friends describe what they hear when out riding together. If you have a pulse, you need one of these in your life.
Over 2 years and no problems except a flat battery after a 4 month non-riding holiday. Seat is all day comfy. Right hand heated grip stopped working at 16k km, fixed during service. Cruise control stopped working, fixed during 16k km service - rear brake wasn't completely disengaging; WD40 fixed it.
You're buying a Hyper Naked, so don't expect Honda CB500 / Ford Focus costs. It's a 160hp monster. Add petrol and enjoy. You cannot put a price on the smiles and screams of joy you experience.
BMW and KTM have both had up and down quick shifters out for years; so why only an up QS with the MT-10? Sometimes works brilliantly, other times it bangs in. Always smoother with the clutch, but from medium-high revs, the word is Quick. Hold the power on and go go go. Screen, heated grips, cruise control, comfort seat, side panniers (including water-proof inner bags) and top box (not sure it's recommended but works okay even 2 up) all good. 12v powers my handle bar mounted phone for satnav. 17k km - on Continental RoadAttack 3 tyres never had a problem. I'm unsure whether the hand-guards do anything, and I'll never use their satnav mount - might remove both of these one day.
Buying experience: Bought the 2017 Touring Edition in Spring 2018 from a main dealer; saved 1k over the 2018 bike (eg Touring extras were free). Happy days.
Annual servicing cost: £250
Good:Exciting to ride, fast, makes me smile everytime I ride it. Bad:tank range
I commute every day, sunday blasts and few uk tours a year. Also took on a track day, awesome fun against sports bikes.
Nothing keeps up with me away from the lights. Sounds great at full chat. Clutch is snatchy while the engine warms up.
Well built but some components built to a budget. Never let me down and maintenance has just been services, tyres and a new chain after 20,000 miles.
mpg is not great
Added heated grips, touring screen and a tail tidy when new from the dealer. Heated grips and screen make riding in winter more bearable. Tail tidy looks good but I get covered in muck when riding in the rain.
Buying experience: Bought from local Yamaha dealer and very pleased with them for buying and servicing.
I think this is an awesome bike,the torque is wicked,BUT there are a few design flaws,the 2 eyebrows as i call them over the rear light are plastic and very easy to break,the clutch cable runs over yhe ignition key making it very difficult to het the key out,and the mirror position is terrible,all you get is a very good look at your
Seat gets a little bum numbing after about an hour or so but not to bad,tank is a little small only 17 ltrs.rear tire is not lasting long and im a very careful and easy rider,brake pads dont last and need upgrading to sintered.
Buying experience: Dealer from new,tag was £11,799,i i got it knocked down to £10,999,which was good as i said i would go elsewhere unless i got a good deal.CMC Cannock.
The best things about this bike: Quickshifter: Up until now, I've never been able to shift while in a wheelie. Now, I can bang from 1st through 4th no problem with the front end sky high. Quite a fun experience; not to mention how smooth it is when using the QS in turns. Torque: Amazing amount of torque, it just zips by cars, very confidence inspiring, and feels like it will rip your arms off. Riding position: This is an upright bike, with comfy leg room, and is about as upright as any bike I've ridden- I've done plenty of days with 250+ miles, and no back issues. Steering dampener: This makes the bike feel very planted and almost magnetically glued to the road at high speeds. Suspension: I find the suspension to be very firm, excellent for highly aggressive riding/braking on smooth roads. Worst: The tail indicators are falling off, suspension can be very jolting over bumpy roads, and the bike has very poor fuel mileage- averages around 30 mpg with my riding style.
This bike craves smooth, twisty roads that allow faster (50+ mph) turns. In this environment, the bike thrives, when the RPM's are between 6k-11k; the bike just sounds incredible.
It's a torque monster, and is really effortless when it comes to overtaking cars, and blasting out of turns.
So far, I have a few minor rust spots, on an exhaust bolt, and on the bar ends where the allen key fits in; due to having taken these off, and scraped some of the paint, then leaving the bike outside a few nights. Otherwise, the bike has been completely reliable.
The gas is the major running cost for this bike; I can easily spend $200/month on fuel, and in addition, it really chews up tires if you ride it hard. I'll replace tires every 1.5- 2 months with heavy riding, so costs can easily be $400/month between tires and fuel.
I think the steering dampener might be the best value-add.
Annual servicing cost: £1
Some folks are concerned about fuel economy but I didn’t buy this bike for that and if it is a concern then look elsewhere
The best bit
So far so good but to be fair it’s dry miles only for me
Not had a service yet, less than 12 months owned and old
Cruise control is nice on longer runs
Buying experience: Dealer ex demo 800 miles in, £9995
An absolutely lovely thing to ride, comfy, fast, and great soundtrack.
Forks faultless, rear shock plus 3 clicks on rebound and compression, and it's fine. Obviously budget shock, but works ok. Standard pads are wooden and overheat, Brembo pads sort that, no racing brakes, but more than good enough for the road.
An absolute peach, I love it. I test rode everything and this got the nod, don't have to thrash it, and that noise at 7000rpm, magic! It's a torque monster, and the wheelies, oh yes, my speed triple, the front never left the ground, this is the opposite, ah - the joy. Wired ex up valve open and cut can in half, wonderful, tried a de-cat, way too loud on this engine, I like to sneak about, I can hear it now. I had re-flashed to 17 map, old B mode was just a little too snatchy, great now.
All good so far, at 7000 miles.
Getting 40 mpg average, and I don't hang about, speed triple used to do 33/35 mpg!
Great, I even enjoy the cruise control, didn't think i would like it, any boring road and it's on.
Buying experience: I bought it second hand at 1500 miles, old owner couldn't cope with it.
The bike did not live up to the hype for me. If you're looking for a bike to ride to a track day in relative comfort then this could be worth considering. You could just buy a proper sports bike though? If you want something like a modern usable sportsbike that is comfortable look else where. It is fast, handles well, has good brakes, good ground clearance. It is not very comfortable, the suspension is hard on British roads if you don't have the SP, the wind blast gets annoying at speed after a short while, and the throttle response in A and B mode in jerky and C mode is delayed. This bike is not the well-rounded product I expected, I think it was over hyped. I think it is an injustice to compare it to the Triumph Speed Triple. The Triumph is a much more fun, pure, simple bike to ride in my opinion, the throttle just ruined the Yamaha experience for me.
It is firm, an hour with the standard seat and with no screen is too long for me but i am 6,5" tall.
If the throttle response was better it would be a 5. It feels like an electric motor that always has the power when and where you need it, it's just the rest of the package makes it hard to enjoy it.
Loads of tech on it, but some of it does not seem to work together that well, at times the quick shifter and TC got confused and left me with a grunt of power, or missing chunk of drive when I did not want it. The finish is good, better than most European but it's not Honda good.
For me, you need to buy the touring model to get the screen and comfortable seat, but then pay extra for the top box and heated grips, and the electronic suspension is a worth while upgrade to make it more comfortable, this means the ideal model would set you back 15000+ which is a lot, but less than a KTM.
Loads of tech, I guess down quick shifter would be nice, I would have less and have a triumph throttle calibration.
Version: Basic Blue
Annual servicing cost: £300
When unleased it's a beast that can power wheelie at 140 quite easily
Never had someone on the back but one up it is a great handling bike, rear suspension has been softened a bit to give tthe power somewhere to go and keep the front end down. A great fun bike but can have moments bordering fear as it pushes on and on.
Had the ecu flashed to turn off the fuel cut on decelleration, raise rpm limiter by 200, removed 155mph limit (now reaches 171mph), dropped fan temp to 95, tuned maps for decat titanium pipe. 161bhp at rear wheel.
Good quality though upgraded the brake pads, levers,front master and brake lines. Lowered bars and fitted an R6 throttle with less rotation.
Changing oil, filters and maintaining myself. 6k service quotes are high as Yamaha includes checking plugs.
Changed mirrors as a bit short. Traction control is a mixed blessing, can save a slide but can whip you near highside if you dont expect it
Buying experience: bought new for 10k, bargain!
Don't believe the poor economy stories, she's good for 120 miles on 7 litres 👍 fast, sounds insane, comfy-ish, only gripe so far is the positioning of the indicator switch though that could be down to being freezing cold and soaking wet numbing my hands.
Brakes are good, ride quality is decent,
Absolute unit. Smooth as silk, sounds great, nicely finished and the power is everywhere.
Can't comment but it's a Yamaha.. not likely that anything a going to break if you don't mess with it.
No idea on service costs, probably around the £160 mark inline with most other manufacturers.
Got mine with a quick shifter, scorpion rp1-gp can, full luggage rack, tank bag lock ring. Yamaha ought to to fitting headlight guards as standard however as a replacement assembly is currently £768 + labour.
Buying experience: Dealer bought, can't complain have been using them for years.
Annual servicing cost: £150
Great Bike, the worst part of it is the fuel consumption and passenger seat.
Great Dinamics and Good Brakes
Amazing Engine the Best of the Motorcycle
comfortable and fast want to know more about this bike and talk to people who have one to get real feedbacks or questions, it's worth looking on facebook at some group pages, such as MT 10 UK Owners Club https://www.facebook.com/groups/1651524611841227/
as good as they get
big bang wallop
all goodies cost money,
Buying experience: glad I purchase last year with the £9.999 price tag
Annual servicing cost: £150
Brakes are awesome. Not sure why people think they are vague. Real world stoppers on wet roads.
Sounds like a mini F1 engine. The cross plane at tickover is eccentrically beautiful.
3500 miles and holding up well despite being put away wet and ridden hard.
Tank range on this beauty is 110. I guess you could get more but warp drive is so awesome it's worth the extra stops.
All good especially the dc socket in fairing. Like most modern bikes I had to buy mirror extenders to avoid looking at my elbows instead of the rapidly receding traffic.
Buying experience: Dealer purchased. 7th new bike from alpha in Leigh on sea. Exemplary as always.
Annual servicing cost: £150
Very fun bike, gets a lot of attention wherever it goes. Best purchase made for it was a decat pipe. Just let down by fuel tank rage.
It's pro wheelie, and anti licence! It'll easily keep up with a 2016 R1 and GSXR1000 when you're throttle happy!
Torque upon torque upon torque!
Never had an issue with reliability (as expected on a brand new Yamaha).
VERY poor miles to a tank... don't believe the hype of 140+ to a tank, that may be possible if you were in 6th gear everywhere. Realistically, standard day to day trips I get about 75 miles before the reserve light comes on.
Definitely recommend getting a decat pipe if you want the bike to sound as mad as it looks. Comes with Bridgestone Battlax tyres standard which is my personal preference as the best all round/all weather tyre.
Buying experience: Bought from Lamba Yamaha Carshalton. Got a good deal with them, and kept me updated throughout the whole waiting process (pre-ordered it).
This bike is nuts. Insurance cost for me is very low 23yo male no house not married 145/mo compared to 280 for super Duke and slightly less on BMW S1000r. Engine sounds ridiculous. Bike is very restricted from the factory but simple to switch that. Gas mileage is horrible at 26.6 MPG average at 1600 miles so far. It's a bike that has a lot of character at a ridiculous price. Pros Wheelies Sound Value Insurance cost Yamaha running cost (guessing) Front brake Very capable and versatile bike Wind protection is actually VERY good for class Wheelies way more doubled up Headlights are superb Cons Rear brake Horrid mileage (100 mile range) "Caged" restricted feel on FZ10 model (ecu flash changes this) Engine braking is hard but you get used to it stock seat is HORRIBLY uncomfortable Very hard on off throttle Wheelies way more doubled up (can be a bad thing)
Rear brake feels poor and ineffective alone front brake is great. Choppy throttle and very hard on off feel with stock engine braking but once you get used to it it's okay. Hard to be smooth but rip on the throttle 1-3rd and wheelie.
Awesome midrange nice high end. Low end feels a bit "caged" will have to flash ecu and see the changes. Hard pulls on the throttle lift the front wheel hard but if you are under or over the "sweet spot" not much happens. Crossplane sounds ridiculous.
High quality so far still only 1600 miles.
Much less expensive than competitors not known running cost yet.
Quickshifter is standard next year but that is 100% must accessory. makes the bike absolutely monsterous. Cruise control isn't very needed as you won't be using this bike for long trips (26.6mpg currently averaging)
Buying experience: Bought through local dealer not a great experience but oh well.
Ok but let down by cheap suspension and brakes.
Ride is too soft brakes are weak at best with 1990 feel about them radials really!
Lacking low down grunt compared to the rivals in the class, and yes you will get left behind from the off with a Duke or an Ape in front of you.
Yamaha always reliable
Always been a Super bike owner up until now, sold my BMW S1000RR and bought an MT10 had my reservations when I ordered the bike having not even ridden one, but i took the plunge. I've now covered almost 2000 miles on it and it's brilliant, it's comfortable, easy to ride, handled well and fast enough. Makes me smile every time!
Stunning bike, does everything it is supposed to and more, awesome ride, would strongly recommend test riding, superb power delivery, hard to keep the front wheel down, should save a few quid on front tyres!
Awesome power delivery, hard to keep the front wheel down!
The best road bike ever. It looks ugly, but as a bike is the best bike I have ridden. This bike is better then dedicated sports bikes like S1000RR for example. Not sure who has tested the brakes in the review, but MT10 has very strong brakes. Way stronger then you will ever need. And very progressive with excellent feel. About MT10 not been sharp and not having "pinball" accuracy - seriously what other bike you compare to it? Because when I ride MT10 it is the sharpest bike I have ever rode. Much sharper then BMWS1000RR for example. You can change direction any time, when in the bend left or right and it just goes there. Again my abilities are way off what that bike can do. The bike feels so light on slow speed on a parking lot I have lost balance and recovered push bike style - something you can't do on many bikes. The only drawback is the wooden seat. Note about the seat. It actually fits somehow the overall bike. It is hard but that is good, because with this bike and this strong brakes and this firm suspension, and this powerful engine, and the speeds you can do with, actually you need this hard seat to be always in control and not slide around because of various g forces. The truth is MT10 is a hardcore sport bike that needs to be ridden hard and needs this seat. I have been two hours on it and now my bum is a little sore and hurts. But I am still smiling.
obviously the mpg is not 50, but this is hardcore sport bike so its expected
Annual servicing cost: £120
Excellent everywhere for the money... and that engine!!!!
Heard the brakes were vague and I've had that issue on other yams, changing the pads and lines solves that. With the MT-10, the brakes are fine with no fade, maybe it's hit and miss but I haven't bedded these in properly.
This engine is a peach, it produces power very similar to the 2012 R1 I had, loads of grunt exactly where you need it, you don't need to rev hard to chase the power. The sound is exquisite and unique.
Decent quality parts, better finishes on items like the shock when compared to the MT-09. Standard seat covering looks a little cheap but this is easily changed with the comfort option
First service used to be parts only (oil and filter) but is now fully charged. Subsequent services are about £180.
Pretty much everything you need for the price, loads of optional extras available. The air con seems a bit of a waste though!
Buying experience: Dealer was excellent and accommodating (Damerell's near Newquay), kept me informed the whole way.
Amazing street tuned engine and very agile let down by vague brakes and laggy ride by wire. Not as good as the press hype!
Feels like a twin, triple and four rolled into one.
Usual Yamaha quality
standard seat ok, comfort seat better. Fully adjustable suspension
staggering, so smooth and powerful
fabulous engine, slipper clutch. Good plastics
600 mile first service is £149 at my dealer
pretty good, dash excellent, all the other standard bits fine, extras as standard power point and cruise control.
Buying experience: excellent at yam premier dealer
Would have given seven if it was possible. I race a BMW S1000RR and I think I could beat my PBs at some tracks with this one right out of the box. The engine is unbelievable, it got power everywhere. Picked it up yesterday afternoon and have already 930km on the odo, and my bum is alright...
Buying experience: Picked it up at Yamaha center in Umea. Got the best deal and was treated like King.