Yamaha always said there would be larger MT models, and that the crossplane-crank inline-four engine from the YZF-R1 could be used. Given the MT-07’s twin and MT-09’s triple are ‘crossplane concept’ and called the CP2 and CP3, it would kinda make sense to have an actual crossplane motor in the range. So here’s the new 2016 Yamaha MT-10.
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This isn’t just the engine from an YZF-R1. Unlike its purpose built siblings, and despite promising to be ‘enjoyed on any road, any time and at any speed’, the 2016 Yamaha MT-10 is heavily based on the machine that donates its gravelly, snarling engine. Frame, forks, shock and brakes are nicked from the sportsbike (or, to be precise, the slightly lower-spec R1-S that they get in the USA). This is Yamaha’s S1000R.
Obviously there are changes. The 998cc engine has different pistons, crank, intake, exhaust and injection for bottom-end balls and mid range might, and revised gearing. Like other MTs there are three riding modes, but the 2016 Yamaha MT-10 also has cruise control and three level traction. A quickshifter will be optional. The frame has ‘optimised strength/rigidity balance’, with a steel subframe and modified settings for the suspension, and a stubby 1400 mm wheelbase – just 20 mm longer than the trim new MT-03. Radial calipers have ABS, and the Bridgestone tyres are specially developed for the bike. You’ll get 17 litres in the tank and there’s a 12v power socket.
Colours? Blue, black, or the ‘Night Fluro’ grey with high-vis wheels that’s available across the MT range.
Yamaha have trodden this path before. The now-defunct FZ1 was based on an R1, but its attitude and revvy delivery made it hard work against rival nakeds of the day. Times change however, and now we’re in the age of the supernaked the MT could be just the job. Yamaha haven’t decided how much power or weight to claim, or how much it’ll cost. But they do assure us that the new 2016 Yamaha MT-10 will be here in UK in May.