Yamaha’s all-new MT-10 has been one of the biggest attractions at every show since it’s unveiling in Milan last November, but Yamaha have been keeping tight-lipped over the spec and pricing of the new naked streetfighter, until now.
While this latest addition to the firm’s wildly popular MT range is essentially a YZF-R1 with the fairings ripped off and clip-ons replaced by a fat handlebar, history is littered with similar transformations that have fallen well short of expectation in terms of performance. The word ‘retuned’ is kryptonite when manufacturers take a visceral sportsbike and birth a naked from its loins – but Yamaha appear to have listened to what buyers really want, and there was a collective sigh of relief when they revealed the MT-10’s spec tonight.
MT-10 at a glance
Power 158.2bhp @ 11,500rpm
Torque 81.86ftlb @ 9000rpm
Seat height 825mm
Availability May 2016
When the Ten arrives in dealerships this May, it will be boasting a very healthy power output of 158.2bhp at 11,500rpm, and 81.86ftlb torque at 9000rpm all wrapped in a minimalist package. With a kerb weight of 210kg (around 190kg dry), and most of that weight carried low in the chassis, it should feel scalpel sharp and super-responsive.
Yamaha have claimed that it will be “most remarkable naked bike to be developed by Yamaha so far”, and the spec sheet certainly suggests that it will go a long way to eradicating the memory of the disappointing FZ1.
The other big punch in their fight for a share of the nutty naked segment is that the MT-10 will cost just £9999 – as MCN predicted back in November. This places the MT firmly in the ring with BMW’s S1000R (£10,350), Kawasaki’s Z1000 (£9899), Suzuki’s GSX-S1000 (£9599), and Triumph’s new Speed Triple S (£10,200).
Based heavily on the YZF-R1S – the American-market budget-orientated version of the UK’s fully-blown R1 – the MT gets the same main chassis, swingarm, suspension, electronics package (minus the IMU), wheels and basic engine architecture – ‘retuned’ for more mid-range responsiveness. It gets rider modes, traction control, cruise control, Yamaha’s Slip & Assist clutch, and a full LCD dash, too.
Yamaha have also revealed that there will be an extensive accessories catalogue for the MT, including an official Akrapovic silencer, quickshifter and various billet trinkets for the sporty buyers, and a bigger screen, soft panniers, heated grips and a comfort seat for those looking for more versatility from their bike.
The MT-10 is expected to make its rolling debut in mid-April, when we get to test the claims and spec sheet against what it delivers on the tarmac.