Revised and updated for the new year is the Yamaha MT-10 naked sportsbike, and it is joined in 2017 by the MT-10 SP. Improvements have been made to Yamaha’s litre-class naked bike for the next riding season, and the SP model gets technology transferred from the YZF-R1M superbike.

For the base model MT-10, the Yamaha 998 cc Crossplane 4 engine continues on, putting out 158 hp at 11,500 rpm and 111 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm. What is new – like the 2017 Yamaha MT-09 – is the inclusion of a Quick Shift System (QSS).

Allowing for faster footwork through the six-speed gearbox, the QSS is combined with revised engine mapping to smoothen out throttle response. ABS, traction and ride modes remain, and an Assist & Slipper (A&S) clutch is now standard, eliminating rear wheel lock-up during down-shifts.

The 2017 Yamaha MT-10 SP sees technology from the YZF-R1M racetrack weapon making the transition to road use. Ohlins Electronic Racing Suspension makes its appearance on the SP, giving optimum suspension setup based on road and riding conditions.

Also new for 2017 on the MT-10 SP is a thin-film transistor (TFT) LCD colour display, which is rider-selectable for day-or-night riding conditions. As part of the package, the SP uses a lightweight short-wheelbase aluminium Deltabox frame.

There are three paint schemes available for the Yamaha MT-10 – Night Fluo, Race Blu and Tech Black – while the MT-10 SP only comes in Silver Blu Carbon, similar to the YZF-R1M. Availability for both naked sportsbikes is said to start from February 2017.