YAMAHA MT-10 £9999
FUEL 17 litres @ 35mpg = 131 miles WEIGHT 210kg SEAT 825mm POWER 158bhp TORQUE 79.59ftlb RIDER Tim Thompson Loves big trips to epic race tracks then beers email@example.com
I’ve been experimenting with the MT’S bar position. Adjustable Gilles risers (£149.99) allow the bars to be raised or lowered 8mm from standard as well as moved forward or back. Initially I fitted them to get a bit more of me over the front end but as the year has progressed I’ve developed a cracking case of epicondylitis, better known as tennis elbow, which flares up every time I ride the MT with any purpose. Hard braking and acceleration send a stabbing pain up my right forearm, which seems to be exacerbated by the angle and height of the bars. On sportsbikes, with arms, wrists and hands all in line, the pain virtually disappears, so I think I need, ultimately, to fit lower, flatter bars to the MT.
Going down…d Tim needs lower bars