Yamaha Reveals More Details About the MT-10, Announces 160 HP

Yamaha MT-10 1 photo
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Yamaha showed the FZ1 successor at EICMA last year, in the shape of the newest member of the MT family, the MT-10. However, only a little info surfaced at the Milan show and afterwards, with the house of Iwata preferring to play the wait & tease game.
As spring is drawing near, Yamaha revealed more figures and details about the MT-10, as we sort of expected they would. The biggest of the MT machines shares a lot of components with the YZF-R1, being a derivation of Yamaha's flagship superbike.

The frame, swingarm, the classic USD front suspension, the engine and transmission are all based on the R1. The brakes are also identical to those on the R1, and apparently, the MT-10 will also use almost the same electronic package. "Almost the same" because the IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) will most likely not be installed on the MT-10, being more of a racing-related thing.

The dashboard is also very similar to that of the R1, albeit with certain modifications to stand out. Obviously, we're dealing with an LCD unit with all the functionality of the R1 cluster, and this is a great complement to the edgy and transformers-ish looks of the MT-10.

MT-10's engine was detuned and made friendlier for more casual riding scenarios

We knew that Yamaha would sue the R1 engine for the MT-10 and apply some detuning tricks to make it friendlier and easier to work with in casual riding scenarios, but Iwata only now revealed the power and torque figures.

The crossplane mill will produce "only" 160 horsepower at 11,500 revs, and this is more than enough for both aggressive canyon carving or some track time, but also for fast highway hauls and passing almost any car.

Yamaha retained the 111 Nm (81.8 lb-ft) peak torque figure of the R1 but moved the rev point lower. The YZF-R1 produced the maximum torque at 11,000 revs, whereas the MT-10 does this at 9,000 rpm. It may look like a high rev point, but comparing the engine with a v-twin is not the best thing to do.

Remember that the crossplane engine is a rev-happy one, and you'll most likely find yourselves slicing the streets close to that 9,000 rpm bar.

Yamaha announces that optional accessories will also be on the list, including an Akrapovic exhaust, heated grips, a quickshifter and touring parts, such as a taller windshield, textile saddlebags and a comfier seat.

The Yamaha MT-10 has a dry weight of 190 kg (419 lb) and a wet one of 210 kg (464 lb), and an 825mm (32.5") seat height. In the UK, it will be available in late April or early May, for £9,999 (equivalent to €12,785 or $14,120), which means that the rest of Europe and North America will get it cheaper.

Follow the link for Yamaha MT-10 live pictures.

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