For fans of Yamaha’s naked sports bike, the Yamaha MT-09 and Yamaha MT-07 have been very popular in Malaysia, but what if we told you, there is a distinct possibility the much-vaunted, must lusted after, 2018 Yamaha MT-10, might just make it to our shores? This has been a question we have asked for some time, and we can tell you that Hong Leong Yamaha Malaysia might, just might, possibly maybe, bring in the MT-10.

This, of course, hinges on several things, one of which is pricing, depending on the various duties and taxes imposed. The other is demand, basically from the MT fans who keep clamouring for this hyper naked machine to be brought in with the million dollar question being, would you buy it?

The MT-10 carries Yamaha’s lauded Crossplane 4 engine, taken from the Yamaha R-1 superbike and detuned to produce power in the low- and mid-range. Placed in an aluminium Deltabox chassis, the MT-10’s inline-four power plant produces 158 hp at 11,500 rpm and 111 Nm of torque at 9,000 rpm and comes with three ride and traction control modes.

Weighing in at 210 kg, the MT-10 is slightly on the heavy end of the spectrum as far as big naked sports bikes go, but we can say this, the MT-10 has a huge helping of roll-on torque in the upper gears that makes over-taking effortless and front wheel shenanigans a giggle.

We know this because paultan.org has been given the privilege by Hong Leong Yamaha to lay our hands on the only officially imported MT-10 in Malaysia, and a full review shall follow shortly. In Malaysia, the MT-10 goes up against the Suzuki GSX-S1000 at RM78,000, the BMW Motorrad S1000R at RM92,900, the Ducati Monster 1200 at RM119,000, the KTM Super Duke R at RM118,000 and MV Agusta Brutale 1090 at RM93,000 as well as the Kawasaki Z1000 at RM82,000.

Triumph Malaysia is not bringing in the 2018 Speed Triple and all seems to have gone quiet with Aprilia Malaysia and its Tuono. So, that leaves it in your court, dear reader. What do you like about the 2018 Yamaha MT-10 and what do you want to know about it?