158bhp | 210kg | Seat height 825mm
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