I OWN ONE
Stan Ordidge, a 48-year-old joiner from Bristol, couldn’t wait to get his hands on an MT-10 in 2016, and has loved every mile of the 14,300 miles he’s done on it since.
“I can’t tell you just how much I love my MT. I think it’s utterly fantastic! I had to have one as soon as I saw the bike in the mags at the end of 2015. Some of my mates think it looks horrible, I reckon it’s one of the most stylish bikes I’ve ever seen. I’ve nicknamed mine ‘Transformer’.
“Some say the MT range saved Yamaha, my MT-10 pretty much saved my motorcycling career. I’m a sportsbike fan, bought one of the first cross-plane cranked R1s, and really enjoyed it. But that was back in 2010 and since then I’ve gone off head down, bum up biking. My R1 ended up spending more time in the garage than it did out on the road. As I didn’t fancy joining the masses with adventure bikes and thought my time with bikes was ending. But when I saw the MT-10, I got my mojo back!
“Its styling just blew me away. I phoned my Yam dealer and ordered one straight away. I was a bit cheesed off when I was told how long I’d have to wait to get it, but when I saw it the flesh at the NEC show I knew I’d made the right decision. When I finally got it in June ’16, the moment I started it I fell for it even more. What a sound!
It’s just like Rossi’s GP bike.
“There’s loads of stuff I like about it. The motor is as good as it sounds and just doesn’t needs revs to get going quickly. The bottom end and midrange are strong enough to short shift through the box. I rarely feel the need to go near the redline. Which is a good job as the fuel consumption can only be described as thirsty. I don’t mind that so much, but as I prefer riding to refuelling, I get pissed off with having to do that every 120 miles or so. It could do with a five litre bigger tank.
“But even though I hate it for that, within a mile or so of setting off again I always forgive it! It’s just too enjoyable to dislike for anything. It’s easy to chuck about, the brakes and suspension are good enough for blasting, and bar the seat, it’s comfy enough for longer stints. I sorted that with a Comfort Seat, and while I had my wallet open at the dealers I shelled out for a Akrapovic end can which makes the music all the sweeter. To me, it’s like an R1 without the hassle and a much better and more usable bike because of it. It’ll be in my garage for a few years yet, though I do like the look of the SP version. We’ll see!”