Perhaps a model whose debut is obvious to us now, hindsight always being 20/20, Yamaha has just dropped the 2016 Yamaha MT-10 on us at this year’s EICMA show.
The Yamaha MT-10 helps round out Yamaha’s MT brand, with affordable and edgy models available from 125cc all the way up to now 1,000cc.
Without even riding the Yamaha MT-10 we are fairly certain that this street bike, with its Yamaha YZF-R1 race track DNA, is a hoon to ride with its over-abundance of personality – it would have to, with a face like that.
As we mentioned, at the Yamaha MT-10’s core is a the venerable YZF-R1’s cross-plane, inline-four, 999cc engine. This means that the MT-10 also gets some of the R1’s electronics, including a three-level traction control system, three riding modes through Yamaha’s “D-Mode” throttle mapping, as well a slipper clutch
A little something for everyone, long-distance riders will enjoy the addition of cruise control (4th, 5th, and 6th gears only), while canyon carvers will find the short wheelbase as a benefit.
There is no word yet if the 2016 Yamaha MT-10 will come to the USA, potentially supplanting the Yamaha FZ-1 from its perch. Considering how different those two bike demographics are though, we have a hard time seeing it.
Perhaps they’ll live side-by-side to each other, or perhaps US immigration won’t let the MT-10 past quarantine. Time will tell.
Highlights of the 2016 Yamaha MT-10:
- Natural and versatile forward leaning riding position
- Wide and upright tapered handlebars
- Aggressive mass forward body design
- Shortest-in-class 1,400mm wheelbase for light and neutral handling
- Lightweight aluminium Deltabox main frame with optimized strength/rigidity balance
- YZF-R1-derived race-developed suspension with revised settings
- 320mm dual front discs with radial mount 4-pot calipers with ABS
- Lean and athletic mass forward body styling with iconic MT family DNA
- 17-litre fuel tank
- Lightweight 5-spoke cast aluminium wheels
- Specially-developed Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport tyres
- 12v DC outlet as standard equipment, to power Genuine Yamaha heated grips
- Newly designed LCD multi function instrument panel
- QSS (Quick Shift System) available as an option
- Powerful and aggressive mono-focus dual LED headlights
- LED position light with newly designed lens
- LED turn signals and license plate light
Source: Yamaha Motor Europe