Yamaha MT-10SP

158bhp | 210kg | Seat height 825mm

Motorcycle News (UK) - - New Bikes Special -

O Öh­lins Elec­tronic Rac­ing Sus­pen­sion (ERS) O Full colour Thin Film Tran­sis­tor (TFT) dash O Quick Shift Sys­tem (QSS)

Yamaha have upped the ante for the mas­sively pop­u­lar MT-10 for 2017 with a cun­ning mar­riage of MT-10 and R1 M, to cre­ate an SP ver­sion of their hy­per­naked. Featuring Öh­lins Elec­tronic Rac­ing Sus­pen­sion (ERS), Thin Film Tran­sis­tor ( TFT) in­stru­men­ta­tion and a paintjob unique to the SP, this has to be a strong con­tender for the ‘best naked’ crown in 2017 – al­though the price does pitch it into the midst of some se­ri­ous com­pe­ti­tion.

The SP’S semi-ac­tive elec­tronic sus­pen­sion is driven by a Sus­pen­sion Con­trol Unit (SCU) – just like the R1’s – which analy­ses data from a se­ries of sen­sors that mon­i­tor sus­pen­sion ac­tion and rider in­puts. The SCU then cal­cu­lates the op­ti­mal com­pres­sion and re­bound damp­ing set­tings for the rid­ing en­vi­ron­ment and con­di­tions, and ap­plies them in a near-in­stant con­tin­ual wave of mi­cro-ad­just­ments. You won’t re­ally no­tice it work­ing, but you will feel the ben­e­fit as it re­lent­lessly de­liv­ers op­ti­mal sup­port, or com­fort, for your ride.

The SCU set­tings are ac­cessed via the switchgear and new R1-es­que TFT dash, which hosts all the SP’S sys­tems in­for­ma­tion, in glo­ri­ous full colour high def­i­ni­tion. The rider can also se­lect dark or light back­grounds to suit day/night rid­ing – or per­sonal pref­er­ence. The SP only comes in one colour op­tion, Silver Blue Car­bon, which un­der­stand­ably gives yet an­other nod to the R1 M from which it bor­rows so much of its hard­ware and soft­ware.

And there’s more…

For 2017 the stan­dard MT-10 gets the firm’s Quick Shift Sys­tem (QSS) as stan­dard fit­ment, as well as re­vised en­gine map­ping for en­hanced throt­tle char­ac­ter­is­tics from low to high rpm for more bal­anced per­for­mance.

15bhp | 133kg | Seat height 785mm

When Suzuki un­veiled their all-new GSX-R125, but not a naked ver­sion, it was only a mat­ter of time be­fore one ap­peared Ð and sure enough, here it is. Itõs also no sur­prise that it joins the fir­mõs ever-grow­ing GSX-S fam­ily. Suzuki claim itõs got the best power-to-weight ra­tio in the class, and at 133kg itõs cer­tainly lithe, while the low and rel­a­tively nar­row seat will also open it up to a wide range of rid­ers. The seat and footrest po­si­tion is iden­ti­cal to the R ver­sion, but the bars are a full 100mm higher, push­ing the rider into a more up­right po­si­tion. It also gets Bosch ABS, and de­cently wide tyres, run­ning a 90/80 17 front and 130/70 17 rear. The new light­weight naked ob­vi­ously shares the vast ma­jor­ity of its parts num­bers with its faired sib­ling, while the styling cues are very clearly aligned with its naked el­ders. But you wonõt get to try it out un­til the mid­dle of next year, as itõs sched­uled for a sum­mer ar­rival on our shores.

tough If you don’t like toe Silver Blue Car­bon...

More up­right than the lit­tle GSX-R, it’ll be great around town

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