WHAT TO LOOK FOR
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.