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Yamaha Debuts MT-10 in Europe

With a very powerful engine and a competitive price,

the Yamaha MT-10 is expected to hit European

showrooms in May, 2016. The naked interpretation

of the latest R1 superbike created a lot of noise at

EICMA last November, even without any

performance figures at hand. Yamaha Motor Europe

has now released its full spec-sheet to reveal the

2016 MT-10 can now add its name to the list of

brutally powerful streetfighters.

The R1 is the latest to join the ever-expanding ranks

of naked

superbikes.

After it debuted

at EICMA,

Yamaha kept us

wondering for a

few months

whether the

company would

once again

follow the path

of the FZ1 and

its rather tame

nature.

Thankfully,

Yamaha stated

that this would

be the most

powerful naked bike it had ever built and the newly-

released specs support this statement in full.

The MT-10 is effectively based on the basic R1S

version of Yamaha’s superbike, meaning that it

comes with top-of-the-line brakes and suspension,

and a comprehensive electronic arsenal that

includes riding modes, adjustable traction control,

slipper clutch, cruise control, but not the Inertial

Measurement Unit of the R1 and R1M.

In its detuned state, the 998 cc in-line four motor

produces no less than 160.4 hp (119.6 kW) at

11,500 rpm, with a gritty maximum torque of 111 Nm

(81.9 ft-lbs) at 9,000 rpm. In comparison to the R1,

the MT outputs its maximum power values

considerably lower in the rev scale. The R1

achieves the 200-hp mark at 13,500 rpm, but in the

naked version this kind of power would be nothing

short of overkill. Interestingly enough, the maximum

torque of the MT is very close to the R1’s 112.4 Nm,

but being produced 2,500 rpm lower in the MT hints

at a pretty muscular midrange torque curve.

It might not have the full package of electronics

you’ll find on the R1, but the five grand cheaper, is

still ride-by-wire controlled and offers all the

electronic assistance you’ll need on the road,

including three-stage traction control (which you can

also switch off), three riding modes and ABS.

This power has to

move a mass of

210 kg (463 lb) –

oils and full 17-

liter (4.5 gal) gas

tank included.

The MT is slightly

longer that its

superbike sibling,

yet at 1,400 mm

(55.12 in) its

wheelbase is 5

mm (0,2 in)

shorter in

comparison.

In true

streetfighter style the MT-10 is a superbike with

straight bars and no fairing. It has twin LED

headlights taken from the R1, a slimmer, MT-09-

style back end and lots of aggressive, insect-like

bodywork panels. The big naked has wide, tapered

bars and an upright riding position that Yamaha

claims is slightly more ‘over the front’ aggressive

than their three-cylinder MT-09.

The new MT-10 is expected to arrive in European

showrooms in May and will face stiff competition

from a wide variety of machines. The brand new

175-hp (130.5-kW) Aprilia Tuono V4 1100 RR leads

the rankings in terms of power, followed by the twins

KTM Super Duke 1290 (170 hp/126.8 kW) and

Ducati Monster 1200 R (160 hp/119.3 kW).

Yamaha has not yet clarified if or when the MT-10

will be offered in other world markets.