We’ve seen Yamaha’s MT lineup; from the small capacity MT-25 and MT-03, to the mid-range MT-07 and the three-cylinder MT-09 and MT-09 Tracer, the Japanese manufacturer has something for everyone. Now, the brand has gone to EICMA in Milan to present the alpha dog – the new MT-10.
Set to be launched in Europe at the end of May next year, the MT-10 is not like the rest of the family. The bike has so many striking lines yet so little body work, and an angry face to scare away the kids.
The MT-10 is also the first model in the range to feature a four-cylinder engine, which in this case is a 999 cc CP4 crossplane engine derived from the YZF-R1. While the company has yet to officially announce the output, we expect the bike to have more than 150 hp on tap.
Like its superbike cousin, the MT-10 is packed with a handful of race-derived electronics and technology such as the D-Mode system with three running modes, three-level traction control, slipper clutch, as well as a cruise control, which operates above 50 km/h.
As for chassis, the MT-10 gets a Deltabox aluminium frame and an aluminium swingarm. The bike has a short wheelbase of 1,400 mm and adjustable suspension at both ends. It rolls on five-spoke aluminium wheels, with dual floating disc brakes at the front and a single disc at the rear. ABS is standard.
IWATA, November 17, 2015—Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. (Tokyo:7272) announced today plans to launch the MT-10 in Europe at the end of May 2016. This new performance motorcycle features a 998cc water-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine with a crossplane crankshaft. The MT-10 will also be on display at EICMA, the Worldwide Motorcycle Exhibition, held from November 19 in Milan, Italy.
This new model has been planned and developed as the flagship model of the MT series. It encapsulates both the concepts of “ultimate street sports performance with handling as the rider intends” and “versatile, enjoyable functionality”.
Main features include an engine emphasizing strong torque performance at low to medium speeds thanks to the unique character of the crossplane crankshaft with its linear feeling of torque and ease of control, a chassis which delivers agile handling through the same 1,400mm short wheelbase as the MT-07, and a riding position suited to a wide range of situations from highly-aggressive cornering to touring. The MT-10 also includes a full array of functions such as a cruise control system designed to provide versatile enjoyment, and its styling features a tight body and the presence worthy of being the flagship model under “The King of MT” design concept.
Yamaha Motor has advanced the “MT World”, based on the “Torquey x Agile” concept, as bringing a new character to motorcycles. Beginning with the MT-09, Yamaha Motor has developed a product range including the MT-09 TRACER, MT-07, MT-03, and MT-25 that is perfectly in sync with user needs, and which has won strong popularity.