Some guys like their motorcycles pretty and refined. Others like them ugly and brutal. The Yamaha MT-10 is for the latter group of riders.
It’s, basically, a Yamaha YZF-R1 that’s been stripped of all the round aerodynamic faring, putting all the internal machinations in plain view. The result is an industrial-looking beast of a machine, with a ton of exposed slabs, rough edges, and hard surfaces that make it look like a Transformer robot about to go nuclear robot apocalypse on everything in sight.
Inheriting the YZF-R1’s racing DNA, the Yamaha MT-10 gets the same cross-plane, inline-four, 999cc engine, although this one’s been detuned from the peak 205 hp to a more street-friendly 165 horsepower and 75 pound-feet of torque. It also receives the venerable racer’s electronics, including the three-level traction control system, Yamaha’s “D-Mode” throttle mapping, and a slipper clutch assist system that keeps the lever action very light. A 55-inch wheelbase ensures it’s properly calibrated for vicious maneuvering, with a full electronic cruise control system for those times you get tired of zipping around tight corners and outspeeding cars on the highway.
Since it’s an MT, it comes with a mass-forward body design to maximize the aggressive aesthetics, with a natural and versatile forward-leaning riding position. Features include wide tapered handlebars, upside-down KYB forks and a monocross-linked shock suspension, four-pot Nissins disc brakes with standard ABS, a 17-liter fuel tank, five-spoke cast-aluminum wheels, and Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport tires.
No pricing has been announced, but the Yamaha MT-10 will debut in May 2016.