Since its unveiling at the EICMA Milan bike show in November last year, the 2016 Yamaha MT-10 has been widely anticipated by the riding public, notably in Europe. Yamaha, however, refused to divulge any details about the impending naked sports bike, till now.
In a Motorcycle News report, Yamaha has taken into account feedback from its customers and the “de-tuned” naked actually isn’t, not all that much anyway. One of the biggest bug-bears about full-on sports bikes being turned into nakeds in the litre-class is that the de-tuning goes too far the wrong way, with all that was exciting about the sports bike’s engine being lost in translation.
This isn’t the case with Yamaha’s latest naked litre-bike. The 2016 MT-10 has 158.2 hp at 11,500 rpm and 111 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm on tap from its four-cylinder, liquid-cooled engine, compared to the 200 hp and 112.4 Nm from the YZF-R1. Coupled with a 210 kg dry weight, this would make the MT-10 a sharp-handling, do-anything, go-anywhere bike.
Taking a host of items directly from the fully-faired YZF-R1, the MT-10 carries over the engine which has been re-tuned for better mid-range, the chassis, swing-arm and suspension. The R1’s electronics suite also makes the transfer to the MT-10, with traction control, rider modes, cruise control, slipper clutch and LCD instrumentation. Missing is the inertial measurement unit, that allows for cornering ABS.
Yamaha have also said that the MT-10 will have a full accessories package available when it goes on sale at dealers in May. The goodies include an Akrapovic silencer, quickshifter and various billet components, as well as a bigger screen, soft panniers, heated grips and a softer seat for those riders wanting their bike with riding comfort in mind.
It was reported that the 2016 Yamaha MT-10 will be officially revealed in or around April, with the litre-bike hitting the showrooms in May. The Yamaha MT-10 will retail for 9,999 pounds sterling (RM59,200), which will put it up directly against other nakeds such as the BMW S1000R, Kawasaki Z-1000, Suzuki GSX-S1000 and Triumph’s up-coming Speed Triple R.