Motorcycle Sport & Leisure - - Tried & Tested -

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!”

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