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Yoshimura Al­pha-t ex­haust for Yamaha MT-10 from £517

Motorcycle News (UK) - - MCN Garage -

Yamaha have thrown an eye-catch­ing new con­tender into the su­per-naked mix this year with the MT-10 – and now Yoshimura have pro­vided own­ers with the chance of giv­ing it even more pep.

The Al­pha-t ex­haust is an all-new de­sign that’s been de­vel­oped in con­junc­tion with Suzuki’s Mo­togp team and de­liv­ers a higher note than the com­pany’s ex­ist­ing ex­hausts. It is also ta­pered in shape, which ex­plains the let­ter T at the end of the name.

They’re made in Yoshimura’s fac­tory in Cal­i­for­nia from ei­ther stain­less steel or ti­ta­nium, both with a car­bon-fi­bre end-cap. There are two fin­ishes in stain­less steel; pol­ished for a mir­ror-like ap­pear­ance, or Yoshi’s Works Fin­ish, which is a satin fin­ish that will be a bet­ter match for the stealth-like look of the MT-10.

The Al­pha-t is avail­able in ei­ther a slip-on si­lencer kit or a par­tial sys­tem, which means ditch­ing the bike’s cat­alytic con­verter and pre-si­lencer col­lec­tor box. That will free up ex­tra power and save even more weight than by re­plac­ing the si­lencer alone.

Yoshi don’t quote ex­act power fig­ures be­cause much will de­pend on the orig­i­nal out­put of the bike be­fore an ex­haust is fit­ted. But they claim fit­ting their si­lencer should add around an ex­tra 1.3bhp at the MT-10’S 11,500rpm peak and boosts torque by 1.3ftlbs. And ex­pect a hike of around 3.8bhp at peak and 2.6ftlb by fit­ting the three- quar­ters sys­tem that acts as a de-cat.

Yoshi claim a weight sav­ing of 300g by fit­ting the si­lencer and a 5kg drop with the stain­less three­quar­ter, or a 5.6kg sav­ing with the ti­ta­nium ver­sion.

In terms of road-le­gal­ity, the Amer­i­can­made Yoshimura ex­hausts aren’t tested to Euro­pean emis­sions and noise reg­u­la­tions. But they pass the sim­i­lar Amer­i­can tests and the UK im­porters say in terms of noise they will be al­most iden­ti­cal to ex­hausts that do pass Euro rules.

Un­like most other man­u­fac­tur­ers, who sell road-le­gal ex­hausts with re­mov­able baf­fles, Yoshi’s Amer­i­can ex­hausts come with the baf­fle in­cluded but not fit­ted so it’s up to the rider to fit it and re­duce the noise lev­els.

In stain­less steel the Al­pha-t costs £517 for the si­lencer or £713 for the three­quar­ters sys­tem. Go for ti­ta­nium in­stead and the prices in­crease to £742 and £1330 re­spec­tively. www.per­for­man­ceparts-ltd.com

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Choose be­tween ti­ta­nium (pic­tured) or stain­less steel Ta­pered de­sign suits the sharp MT-10 to a tee

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