Yamaha gets on the street-fighter scene with a superbike-derived MT naked. It has 160 horsepower and 81.86 ftlb.
After the huge success Yamaha had last year with its reborn superbike, it was just a matter of time until stripping down the R1 and convert it into a naked.
The street -fighter enters the MT family, sits above the MT-09 three-cylinder and fights against models such as BMW S1000R and KTM Super Duke R.
The R1 derived Crossplane engine was tuned for mid-to-low torque, so it develops 158.2 horsepower @ 11.500 rpm and a 81.86 ftlb @9000 rpm. With 210 kg wet weight, it is a perfect match for BMW S1000R, its main rival.
The new MT-10 will have a ride by wire throttle, three different riding modes and a traction control system, but Yamaha doesn’t say more, so it might not have the same advanced electronics of the R1.
The twin LED headlight has an aggressive styling, similar to the one used by Kawasaki on its Z1000.
MT-10 seems to have the same brakes as the R1, while the suspension (“based on R1”) is fully adjustable and not a semi-active one. The new naked also comes with a slippery clutch.
The Yamaha street fighter has a compact 1,400 mm wheelbase, while the delta box aluminum frame and swinging arm comes from the R1.
Yamaha says that MT-10 has a “dynamic mass-forward silhouette, while the riding position is upright with forward lean”. It will cost 9999 pounds in UK (12.709 Euro – 14.000 USD) and it will be available from May 2016.