The MT-10 smashed its way into our affections this year with a superb blend of naked street bike hedonism, and effortless comfort and drive. Load it up with the firm’s touring accessories, and it makes an accomplished mile-muncher, too.
But for 2017 Yamaha have upped the ante with this, a cunning marriage of MT-10 and YZF-R1M, to create an SP version of the hyper-naked. Featuring Öhlins Electronic Racing Suspension (ERS), Thin Film Transistor (TFT) instrumentation and a paintjob unique to the SP, this has to be a strong contender for the naked nutcase crown in 2017.
The SP’s semi-active electronic suspension is controlled by a Suspension Control Unit (SCU) – just like the R1 – which analyses data from a series of sensors that monitor suspension action and rider inputs. The SCU then calculates the optimal compression and rebound damping settings for the riding environment and conditions, and applies them in a near-instant continual wave of micro-adjustments. You won’t really notice it working, but you will feel the benefit as it works relentlessly to offer optimal support and comfort.
The SCU settings are accessed via the switchgear and new R1-esque TFT dash, which hosts all of the SP’s systems information, in glorious full colour, high definition. The rider can also select dark or light backgrounds to suit day/night riding – or personal preference.
The SP only comes in one colour option, silver/blue/carbon, which understandably gives yet another nod to the YZF-R1M from which it borrows so much of its hardware and software. We’re expecting the SP to be available at your local dealer in February 2017.
2017 MT-10 gets revisions, too
For 2017 the standard MT-10 gets a new Quick Shift System (QSS) as standard fitment. It also gets revised engine mapping for enhanced throttle response throughout the rev range, for more balanced performance. It’ll be available from February.