The long-awaited Yamaha MT-10 is finally here. The bike, which is classed as a supernaked, is powered by a four-cylinder, 998cc crossplane engine. While the engine in the MT-10 is a detuned version of the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1 engine, it’s still capable of putting out 118 kW and 111 Nm of torque. All this power means that the bike needs to have equally good brakes, and thus Yamaha has decided to equip the bike with dual disc brakes up front and a single disc brake in the rear.
These brakes are equipped with ABS which can be set to one of three levels, and to further increase safety, the bike comes equipped with adjustable traction control and several engine maps to make the power more manageable where conditions are less than optimal. You shouldn’t have to worry about traction as long as you ride sensibly though, as the bike comes with high-quality tyres by bridgestone.
The wheelbase of the MT-10 comes in at 1400mm and has the upright riding style of a standard bike This, coupled with a slipper clutch which should make down-shifts smoother, should make the bike a great choice for a commuter who needs an agile and comfortable bike for use both in the city and on the highway. To further increase the highway comfort, the bike comes equipped with electronic cruise control, which is rarely seen in this class of bikes.
Due to being a naked bike, there are almost no fairings on the bike. Instead, you get to see the engine and frame of the bike, with a few small pieces of plastic added on to create a very aggressive looking machine. A naked bike like this does, however, have some negative sides that you should take into consideration if you are considering this bike. When riding at highway speeds, you will get blown around more than you would on a fully faired bike with some kind of windshield. This isn’t a huge problem, but it could lead to fatigue when riding for longer distances at high speeds.
Once you start to get above legal speeds, the wind buffeting can in fact become quite severe. This can to some extent be mitigated by installing an after-market windshield.
Another drawback that comes with having no fairings is that if you drop the bike, you won’t have any plastic protecting your bikes. That means that instead of scratching up an easily repaired plastic fairing, you end up having to replace engine covers if you want to restore your bike to it’s original condition. This problem can, however, be avoided by investing in some high-quality frame sliders.
In conclusion the 2016 Yamaha MT-10 is a great bike for almost everybody. The bike is agile enough for city traffic, powerful enough to go on the highway and can be used for touring as long as you can put up with the wind buffeting. While there will surely be a better bike for any of these individual purposes, you’d be hard-pressed to find another nearly as versatile bike, which could handle almost any task you throw at it, as well as the Yamaha MT-10.