WHAT TO LOOK FOR

Motorcycle Sport & Leisure - - Tried & Tested -

Yamaha’s MT-10 is an ex­cel­lent used buy. There are loads to choose from with lots of low mileage ma­chines in ex­cel­lent con­di­tion be­ing avail­able in suf­fi­cient num­bers for you to find a very good one lo­cally. It’s such a buyer’s mar­ket you can af­ford to be very fussy. The su­per naked is only two years old now and some only have as lit­tle as 2000-3000 miles on the clock. The at­trac­tion of the bike is helped by its ex­cel­lent rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity. As yet there are no known com­mon fail­ings. Own­ers help the sit­u­a­tion by look­ing af­ter their bikes well and mak­ing sure they’re ser­viced on time. It’s un­likely you’ll find one in poor con­di­tion.

De­spite these pos­i­tives, as is al­ways the case, it’s worth check­ing the bike you’re in­ter­ested in very care­fully. Check ser­vice his­tory and make sure things like the en­gine oil and fil­ter have been changed on time re­gard­less of mileage be­ing low. The su­per naked’s fin­ish is pretty good, and can be used as an ac­cu­rate gauge to how well it’s been cared for. Dulled fas­ten­ers are one thing, but more se­ri­ous cor­ro­sion around the oil cooler for ex­am­ple in­di­cates ne­glect. En­gine oil in the in­spec­tion win­dow should be of good colour, not jet black or milky look­ing thanks to con­den­sa­tion gen­er­ated by the oil not get­ting up to suf­fi­cient tem­per­a­ture. Check the chain’s been lubed, and is ad­justed cor­rectly.

The Yamaha at­tracts a broad va­ri­ety of own­ers from those in their mid-20s right up to those over dou­ble that and more. This can also of­fer a great in­di­ca­tion of the sort of life the bike has led. Many own­ers of­fer a fur­ther in­sight thanks to the sort of af­ter­mar­ket ex­tras they might have fit­ted. Those keen on ex­plor­ing the sport­ing side of the MT’s abil­ity are more likely to fit things like end cans, tail tidys and rearsets. These ex­am­ples are more likely to have cov­ered their miles more speed­ily than bikes fit­ted with lug­gage, tall screens, heated grips and com­fort seats. Check the for­mer types more keenly and check for signs of harder use. Such is the avail­abil­ity of the bike, you need not buy any­thing other than a near per­fect bike, or for a lower price. A test ride should re­veal a sorted, com­posed, sweet sound­ing, and oil tight mo­tor­cy­cle. Any noises, leaks, rat­tles, smok­ing etc. should en­cour­age you to move on.

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