Yama­hamt- 10

998cc | 210kg | 158bhp | 825mm Cash price £11,139 De­posit £2583.32 Mileage 5000pa Rate 8.9% APR Op­tional fi­nal pay­ment £5982

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Naked -

It might have an R1 en­gine, frame, sus­pen­sion and the su­per­bike’s beady twin LED head­lights, but this isn’t a naked Yamaha R1 – it’s so much bet­ter than that. Ex­cited? You should be.

With its up­right rid­ing po­si­tion, busi­ness class lev­els of legroom and sur­pris­ingly de­cent wind pro­tec­tion,

Yamaha’s su­per-naked lets you en­joy that gem of a cross­plane mo­tor at saner speeds – mix­ing su­per­bike per­for­mance with com­fort.

The MT-10 is dom­i­nated by its mag­i­cal R1 en­gine and it’s def­i­nitely one of the great­est su­per-naked en­gines. Yamaha de­cided you don’t need a peaky 200bhp R1 race en­gine for the road, and we agree, so they’ve moved the power lower down the revs, where you can reach it and short­ened the gear­ing by two teeth on the rear, just to make sure.

The cross­plane unit howls, growls and wails like a YZR-M1 Mo­togp racer at full whack, has the punch of a V4 ex­it­ing cor­ners and a power de­liv­ery so elas­tic, an elec­tric mo­tor would seem clunky by com­par­i­son. Third is the magic gear on the MT-10. Just leave it there through your favourite set of bends and the en­gine is so flex­i­ble it will take you from 20mph to over 100mph – and is the de­fault cog for grace­ful wheel­ies.

And although the MT-10 doesn’t have the lat­est six-axis in­ter­nal gyro pow­er­ing its trac­tion con­trol, like the R1 (only wheel­speed sen­sors), the sys­tem works bril­liantly.

What’s most im­pres­sive is the price – at just £125 per month. For that you get a bike that’s su­perbly built, and is ev­ery­thing from daily grinder to week­end road and track toy.

An­grily an­gu­lar face-full of men­ace LCD dash is sim­ple, clean and clear Switchgear is blocky, but works well Min­i­mal rear-end gives ma­cho stance

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