Yamaha’s naked R1 v Du­cati’s Sixty2 Scram­bler 400

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Both gear­ing up to bat­tle for your cash in 2016

Yamaha fi­nally launched the re­place­ment for the FZS1000 last month with this, the MT-10.

Es­sen­tially, this is a 2015 YZF-R1S that’s been stripped down, slot­ted into an up­right chas­sis and given loads of tech.

That mo­tor from the R1 is key to the bike’s sales suc­cess and, as with the R1, the MT-10 gets the 998cc in­line four-cylin­der cross­plane crank unit. Power has yet to be con­firmed by Yamaha but ex­pect this bike to be putting out around 150 to 160bhp in or­der to be com­pet­i­tive with other of­fer­ings in the big naked mar­ket.

Built to a lesser spec than the R1 (in fact, this bike is much closer to the en­gine spec of the Amer­ica-only YZF-R1S than our R1 or R1-M) the big MT gets steel in­stead of ti­ta­nium con­nect­ing rods and re­tains the donor bike’s cross­plane crankshaft and 79mm x 50.9mm bore and stroke.

Com­pres­sion is 12.0:1 and Yamaha says that this bike gets more road-friendly low-to-mid-range power than is avail­able with the faired su­per­bike.

The new bike also gets ride-by-wire throt­tle con­trol and has var­i­ous power modes with the now-stan­dard trac­tion con­trol. An as­sist/slip­per clutch and cruise con­trol are also on the stan­dard list for the MT-10.

The bike’s twin-spar cast-alu­minium frame de­rived from the R1 gets 43mm in­verted forks bolted to it and at the back is an alu­minium swingarm and link-ac­tu­ated shock, all fully ad­justable.

ABS brakes with ra­dial-mount four pis­ton calipers are the same as on the R1S and the tyres, su­pers­port spec, are 120/70-17 on the front and 190/55-17 on the back.

The Yamaha MT-10 is loaded with tech and

has been shown in three colour schemes.

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