The Yamaha R1 is a venerable super bike but doesn’t satisfy the needs of riders who prefer the “naked” bike look. You know, like the BMW S1000R or the Aprilia Tuono. The MT-10 is a thing of beauty and also a bit on the ugly side. Depends on the viewer or the angle I suppose.
The 2016 MT-10 is now the third Japanese bike to enter the super-naked class of super bikes. It sports the CP4 cross plane crankshaft, an inline 4-cylinder 998cc R1 engine, switchable 3-level traction control, and D-mode for multiple engine maps.
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.
More pictures after the break.