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