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Yamaha 2016 MT-10 Specs Finally Filter Down

Published February 23, 2016

And 158.2 hp is what commands our attention the most. We took a look at the MT-10 back at EICMA in November but specs were pretty few and far between – thankfully, Yamaha have brought the goods, and from what we can see, they’ve definitely taken the riding public’s opinions and ideas into account. This could well be the dawn of a new breed of naked liter bikes.

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According to Yamaha, they’ve definitely taken on board a lot feedback from the public. This mainly comes in the form of their approach to the MT-10’s engine. Unlike a lot of nakeds, the developers behind the MT-10 have thought long and hard about what “de-tuning” really means. Obviously, an unfaired sports bike needs some adjustment, but breeding any trace of its sports lineage out of the bloodline seems to grate on a lot of riders. So, to keep things fresh, Yamaha haven’t de-tuned the MT-10 back into the stone age, they’ve just tuned the engine to perform better in the mid-range, and now the beautiful YZF-R1 derived engine still pumps out a respectable 158.2 hp, and 111 Nm of torque, from the four cylinder, liquid cooled powerhouse. And when you compare that to the stats of the R1, which pushed out 200 hp, and 112.4 Nm of torque, it’s not such a massive departure – especially if you take note of the MT-10’s kerb weight, of 210 kg (about 190 kg dry), you’ve got yourself an unfaired rocket that’s capable of furious highway riding, downtown commuting and ultimate fun on the twisties.

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Despite the re-tuned engine and naked appearance, the MT-10 is still very similar to the YZF-R1, coming with the same frame, suspension and swing arm, as well as a the best of the rest of the R1’s on board tech. This includes traction control, adjustable riding modes, cruise control, a slipper clutch and the svelte LCD dash. Despite all this, the MT-10 doesn’t come with the inertial measurement unit, which is the machine that allows ABS for cornering.

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If you’re interested in making the purchase, you’ll also be pleased to know that the MT-10 will have an extensive accessories package available that caters for all the add ons you could ever dream of – including an Akrapovic silencer, billet parts, heated grips, a larger LCD Screen, soft panniers, a softer seat and a quickshifter (we saved the best ‘til last, there), to name but a few.

There’s no set release date yet, but Yamaha have hinted at April sometime, and you can probably expect the showrooms to start stocking them from May onwards. If you’re in the market for one, prices are expected to be around $14,000 and upwards, which puts the MT-10 in the same price bracket as the BMW S1000R, Suzuki GSX-S1000, Triumph Speed Triple R and Kawasaki Z1000. Which one will you choose?

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Joe Appleton
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I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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