Motorcycle Sport & Leisure - - Tried & Tested -

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.”

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