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Yamaha MT-10 Tour­ing

Last year, after Yamaha an­nounced there’d be no Tracer ver­sion of their stonk­ing, R1-de­rived MT-10, MCN de­cided to load one with of­fi­cial tour­ing ac­ces­sories and take it on a trip to the Nur­bur­gring with a Kawasaki ZZ-R1400, BMW K1600 GTL, Aprilia Caponord, 1200 Rally and KTM 1290 Su­per Duke GT. It cleaned up.

That must’ve got a few cogs whirring at Yamaha be­cause new for this year is that very bike, not a Tracer 1000, but the MT-10 Tour­ing Edi­tion.

With its R1 su­per­bike-de­rived 158bhp, 998cc cross­plane crank mo­tor, fully ad­justable sus­pen­sion, elec­tronic rider aids, comfy seat and de­cent wind pro­tec­tion, it’s be­come an in­stant ri­val to the S1000XR in the sports ad­ven­ture class. But it’s a whole heap cheaper to buy out­right, or on PCP, and even comes with soft pan­niers in­cluded in the price.

Some may be put off by the amount of per­for­mance there is on tap, the way you can hang the front wheel in the Scot­tish breeze for an eternity, the wail­ing fury of the cross­plane en­gine, or the way the R1 chas­sis de­mol­ishes cor­ners with poise and con­fi­dence. But its ge­nius is the way it morphs into a smooth, com­posed, com­fort­able long dis­tance com­pan- ion. It doesn’t suf­fer vibrations, won’t give you knee, back or wrist ache and in its stan­dard throt­tle mode has lovely fu­elling.

Only its ap­petite for un­leaded lets it down. It’s the worst on fuel here and with just a 17-litre fuel tank the re­serve light comes on at any­thing from 120 to 140-miles. That’s still a good cou­ple of hours rid­ing be­tween fill-ups, but hard­core mile-munch­ers will find it a nui­sance.

Let down only by its fuel econ­omy, the MT-10 is oth­er­wise the com­plete pack­age

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