YAMAHA MT-10 (2022 - on) Review

Highlights

  • Extra midrange oomph
  • Top spec electronic rider aids
  • More crossplane induction roar

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Power: 164 bhp
Seat height: Medium (32.9 in / 835 mm)
Weight: Medium (467 lbs / 212 kg)

Prices

New £13,300
Used £12,500 - £12,900

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Yamaha’s MT-10 has always been more than just a stripped down R1 with straight bars. Ever since its release in 2016 it’s been the only naked from Japan that can compete on equal terms with the best from Europe in the fun stakes, while costing thousands less.

That’s all thanks to the crossplane crank engine’s monumental torque, wailing MotoGP soundtrack and its superbike sister’s lust for corners. But at the same time, it’s comfortable and easy to get on with, too. Its rivals have moved the game on over the years, but so does the 2022 Yamaha MT-10.

It’s never had the pub-bragging power figures or graceful looks of its European super naked rivals, but the Yamaha MT-10 has always been more exciting and simpler to ride.

A front view of the 2022 Yamaha MT-10

It still is, but what the 2022 model gives you is a monstrous amount more drama in the midrange, which makes it even more exciting, especially with the extra induction roar bellowing in your ears.

Better still its new electronics can be switched off when you want to enjoy the MT’s fruits to the full, but brakes and forks don’t have the feel they should and the throttle can be aggressive around town.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
4 out of 5 (4/5)

A stubbier new subframe aside, its cast ali frame remains unchanged, as does its fully adjustable KYB suspension, but forks have firmer damping settings.

A 3mm longer rear spring and taller-profile rear Bridgestone S22 (up from 50 to 55 section) pushes more weight over the front wheel and raises the seat by 10mm to 835mm.

The MT-10 will happily rail through corners but there’s little feel for what’s going on through the forks and brakes (even with its new Brembo master cylinder), compared tactile, Euro super naked front ends. Weight increases from 210kg to 212kg, thanks to two extra catalysts (it now has four).

The Yamaha MT-10 comes fitted with Bridgestone S22 tyres

Yamaha says the MT-10’s new, full titanium exhaust system is fruiter than before and it does sound delicious, but it’s still quiet, because it has to be nowadays. Instead, they’ve worked on playing tunes with induction noise.

A new airbox has three varying length and diameter intake ducts, designed to resonate at different frequencies as the engine spins harder.

Additionally, there are now two large vents into the top of the tank cover to amplify the crossplane crank motor’s deep, Barry White yowl at full throttle – a unique V-twin-meets-V4 cacophony that sounds like a YZR-M1 MotoGP weapon at full noise.

Cornering on the 2022 Yamaha MT-10

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

Power increases from 158bhp to 164bhp and torque from 81.9lb-ft to 82.6lb-ft. Crucially, there’s more oomph in the midrange, thanks to new mapping and steel, instead of titanium conrods (more inertia, less cost).

The Yamaha MT-10 gets more welly for 2022

It’s still no 200bhp-plus monster, but it’s all the better for it. Instead, it delivers the kind of thrust between 4000-8000rpm that feels more like an earth-moving big-bore V-twin than an inline four, which is what makes it so thrilling on the road, although the throttle response can be aggressive at town speeds.

Gearing is longer by a tooth (now 42) to improve fuel economy, but its claimed 41mpg still isn’t great.

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

It might not have the exquisite detailing of its more expensive rivals, but the Yamaha MT-10 is robustly built. Owners’ reviews for the out-going MT-10 (which is essentially the same as the 2022 model) are glowing and there are no major problems to look out for.

A side view of the Yamaha MT-10 at night time

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Thanks to the magic of its crossplane crank engine the MT-10 is right up there with its far pricier European super nakeds, when it comes to attitude and wheelie-toting fun, but it’s more expensive than its Japanese rivals: the Honda CB1000R and Suzuki GSX-S1000.

The Yamaha MT-10 is nicely screwed together

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

Yamaha have kept its divisive, arachnid styling. Bodywork is paired to the bone (so you’re ultra-exposed at motorway speeds) with radiator shrouds removed to expose more of the frame.

The tank is now smoother and the seat firmer for added feel, but its roomy, supermoto-like riding position remains. New LED headlights are shrouded by more faired-in plastics and remodelled air-intakes.

Wheels are lighter, although it’s hard to feel much of a difference and they’re fitted with side valves for easy access. 2022 colours: grey, blue and black.

Yamaha MT-10 front brake lever

For the first time the MT-10 has a six-axis IMU for traction, slide control and engine braking control, cornering ABS and anti-wheelie.

There are four power maps and modes with rider aids that can all be mixed, matched or turned off, letting you enjoy the Yamaha’s naughty side and that’s a good thing because the MT-10 is still one of the easiest motorcycles to wheelie on the planet.

It also has cruise control, a speed limiter and a up/down quickshifter. A 4.2in colour TFT replaces the old LCD dash but isn’t as all-singing as its European rivals and lacks connectivity.

As with previous generations of MT-10 there's a long list of accessories to choose from including Akrapovic exhausts, tank protectors, comfort seat, hard luggage, crash protection and loads more besides. You can also choose from a sport or touring pack to get a job-lot of options at once.

Specs

Engine size 998cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 16v, inline four
Frame type Cast aluminium twin spar
Fuel capacity 17 litres
Seat height 835mm
Bike weight 212kg
Front suspension 43mm upside down KYB forks, fully adjustable
Rear suspension Single shock, fully adjustable
Front brake 2 x 320mm front discs with four-piston radial calipers. Cornering ABS
Rear brake 220mm rear disc with twin piston caliper. Cornering ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 190/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 41 mpg
Annual road tax £101
Annual service cost -
New price £13,300
Used price £12,500 - £12,900
Insurance group -
How much to insure?
Warranty term Two years

Top speed & performance

Max power 164 bhp
Max torque 83 ft-lb
Top speed 160 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 154 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2016: R1-based MT-10 introduced. 158bhp, 210kg, basic rider aids, LCD dash, cruise control.

Watch MCN's 2016 Yamaha MT-10 video review:

Other versions

MT-10SP: Higher-spec version featuring 'Gen 2' semi-active Öhlins suspension, bellypan, braided steel brake lines and an R1M-style paintjob.

Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA MT-10 (2022 - on)

1 owner has reviewed their YAMAHA MT-10 (2022 - 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 (2022 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Reliability & build quality: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Value vs rivals: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Equipment: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
5 out of 5 I went for it
04 July 2022 by HHHansen

Version: Gen 2

Year: 2022

Just upgraded from MT09 SP to this beast. I really like the stability and comfort. Here in Denmark the price has gone up, so it is getting closer to the other brands, but having several different brand, I have still to try a bike with same reliability.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

I guess brakes could be better, but I do not have any complains. I will however change the pads to Brembo. The seat is a bit hard, but I like it!

Engine 4 out of 5

It is thirsty! I used to own a 2017 MT10 SP, and I really cant tell this is so much better than claimed. BUT, the sound! The pull! Love it!

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5

Still new to me, but my experience from several Yamaha's, I expect it to be just as good. The quality is good.

Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

Still not a issue

Equipment 5 out of 5

Cruise control! It works perfect

Buying experience: Got it from a Danish dealer, and paid 215000 DKKR for it.

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