I SELL THEM
Kevin Speich of Yamaha dealer Phoenix Motorcycles in Trowbridge (www. phoenixmotorcycles.co.uk, 01225 775171), has sold plenty of MT-10s. He gave us his views on the bike and those who’ve bought them.
“It’s been a brilliant bike for us and has proved very popular. It’s a great all round machine that can do a bit of everything. It suits a full range of customers who especially like its engine, handling and upright riding position. It’s cool, stylish and racy enough for those in their mid 20s, and practical, versatile and comfortable enough for those in their 50s and 60s. Lots of ex-sportsbike riders like its performance but also enjoy the bike’s more upright riding position. It gives them a lot more space and a better view of the road ahead than sportsbikes do. The MT-10 has also been bought by quite a few riders upgrading from MT-07 and MT-09s.
“All of our customers really look after their bikes, keeping them clean and serviced on time. I’ve never seen one in poor condition, though the bike’s excellent build quality helps it to stay looking good. Average annual mileage is around 5000 miles though I have seen a few with 15,000 miles on them. Most use them as an everyday bike, with a few taking them on trips like going down to the coast for a weekend outing. We’ve sold lots of the official Comfort Seats and panniers to give the bike a bit more longer distance potential. Touring screens and heated grips are also popular. Fans of sportier riding fit tail tidys and end cans. Akrapovic is the most common fitment, probably because it’s Yamaha-approved. Some of our customers do quite a bit of two-up riding and we’ve sold a few pillion footrest hanger kits from the Tracer 900 model which gives them a fair bit more legroom.
“The standard version of the bike has proved the most popular. We’ve sold some SP models, and one of our customers uses his just for trackdays. The Touring model isn’t hugely popular as most customers prefer to fit the extras it includes individually as they see fit. Like all the MT models, the MT-10 is a good solid bike, and we’ve not heard of anyone having problems with them so far.”