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YAMAHA MT-10 (2016-on) Review

Published: 16 May 2016

The Japanese have finally produced a bike that plays the European super nakeds at their own game

YAMAHA MT-10  (2016-on)

The Japanese have finally produced a bike that plays the European super nakeds at their own game

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The Japanese have finally produced a bike that plays the European super nakeds at their own game. It sits somewhere between an aggressive Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 and a softer Suzuki GSX-S1000 - it’s in the middle ground where the new Triumph Speed Triple lives. The Yamaha MT-10 is fast, fun and practical. It’s a fitting flagship to the successful MT range of bikes.

Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5

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. 

Engine 5 out of 5

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?

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

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. 

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. 

Insurance group: 17 of 17 – compare motorcycle insurance quotes now.

Equipment 4 out of 5

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).

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2016
Year discontinued -
New price £9,999
Used price £8,000 to £14,300
Warranty term Two years
Running costs
Insurance group 17 of 17
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £170
Performance
Max power 158 bhp
Max torque 82 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 42 mpg
Tank range 160 miles
Specification
Engine size 998cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 16v, inline four-cylinder.
Frame type Cast aluminium beam
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 825mm
Bike weight 210kg
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

History & Versions

Model history

2016: Model introduced

Other versions

None

Owners' Reviews

16 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.

Review your YAMAHA MT-10 (2016-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.6 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 4.8 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.9 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.3 out of 5
Equipment 4.9 out of 5
3 out of 5

Not quite what it could be

17 July 2018 by Alex

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
It is firm, an hour with the standard seat and with no screen is too long for me but i am 6,5" tall.
Engine
4 out of 5
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.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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.
Equipment
4 out of 5
Loads of tech, I guess down quick shifter would be nice, I would have less and have a triumph throttle calibration.
5 out of 5

Torquey fun

05 May 2018 by Keall

When unleased it's a beast that can power wheelie at 140 quite easily

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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.
Engine
5 out of 5
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.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Good quality though upgraded the brake pads, levers,front master and brake lines. Lowered bars and fitted an R6 throttle with less rotation.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Changing oil, filters and maintaining myself. 6k service quotes are high as Yamaha includes checking plugs.
Equipment
5 out of 5
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!

5 out of 5

Jizz machine

12 March 2018 by Kevin Paterson

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes are good, ride quality is decent,
Engine
5 out of 5
Absolute unit. Smooth as silk, sounds great, nicely finished and the power is everywhere.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Can't comment but it's a Yamaha.. not likely that anything a going to break if you don't mess with it.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
No idea on service costs, probably around the £160 mark inline with most other manufacturers.
Equipment
5 out of 5
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.

4 out of 5

Amazing Bike

16 August 2017 by Xara

Great Bike, the worst part of it is the fuel consumption and passenger seat.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Great Dinamics and Good Brakes
Engine
5 out of 5
Amazing Engine the Best of the Motorcycle
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
Enough
5 out of 5

Awesome bike just what the doctor ordered

23 April 2017 by lee

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/

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
as good as they get
Engine
5 out of 5
big bang wallop
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
its Yamaha
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
very thirsty
Equipment
5 out of 5
all goodies cost money,
Buying experience

glad I purchase last year with the £9.999 price tag

5 out of 5

i just love this machine.....

25 December 2016 by Rico

Awesome bike

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Brakes are awesome. Not sure why people think they are vague. Real world stoppers on wet roads.
Engine
5 out of 5
Sounds like a mini F1 engine. The cross plane at tickover is eccentrically beautiful.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
3500 miles and holding up well despite being put away wet and ridden hard.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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.
Equipment
5 out of 5
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.

4 out of 5

Fun for 75 miles!

09 December 2016 by FrottleFreak

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
It's pro wheelie, and anti licence! It'll easily keep up with a 2016 R1 and GSXR1000 when you're throttle happy!
Engine
5 out of 5
Torque upon torque upon torque!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Never had an issue with reliability (as expected on a brand new Yamaha).
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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.
Equipment
5 out of 5
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).

5 out of 5

Torque monster.

03 December 2016 by Sirtomsalot

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)

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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.
Engine
4 out of 5
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.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
High quality so far still only 1600 miles.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Much less expensive than competitors not known running cost yet.
Equipment
5 out of 5
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.

3 out of 5

It`s the opposite of pretty! Goes well, not well enough to challenge the top Supernakeds

19 November 2016 by Ricky

Ok but let down by cheap suspension and brakes.

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Ride is too soft brakes are weak at best with 1990 feel about them radials really!
Engine
4 out of 5
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.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Yamaha always reliable
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
4 out of 5
-
5 out of 5

MT-10 is more fun than my old BMW S1000rr

24 September 2016 by Glyn Griffiths

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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
-
Engine
5 out of 5
-
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
-
5 out of 5

12 August 2016 by BadBob

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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
-
Engine
5 out of 5
Awesome power delivery, hard to keep the front wheel down!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
-
5 out of 5

04 August 2016 by Val

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
-
Engine
5 out of 5
-
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
obviously the mpg is not 50, but this is hardcore sport bike so its expected
Equipment
5 out of 5
-
5 out of 5

A bit of everything rolled into one!

07 July 2016 by Coco5940

Excellent everywhere for the money... and that engine!!!!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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.
Engine
5 out of 5
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.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
First service used to be parts only (oil and filter) but is now fully charged. Subsequent services are about £180.
Equipment
5 out of 5
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.

4 out of 5

Great bike but far from perfect

21 June 2016 by igszz

Amazing street tuned engine and very agile let down by vague brakes and laggy ride by wire. Not as good as the press hype!

Ride Quality & Brakes
3 out of 5
Not peachy
Engine
5 out of 5
Feels like a twin, triple and four rolled into one.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Usual Yamaha quality
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
-
5 out of 5

stonking bike

18 June 2016 by mt10

stunning bike

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
standard seat ok, comfort seat better. Fully adjustable suspension
Engine
5 out of 5
staggering, so smooth and powerful
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
fabulous engine, slipper clutch. Good plastics
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
600 mile first service is £149 at my dealer
Equipment
5 out of 5
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

5 out of 5

Best bike so far

04 June 2016 by Mattias Bostrom

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...

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
-
Engine
5 out of 5
Awesome
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
5 out of 5
-
Buying experience

Picked it up at Yamaha center in Umea. Got the best deal and was treated like King.

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