Yamaha caused quite a stir when they unveiled a new litre-class naked at the EICMA 2015. After the disappointing FZ-1, it looked like the Japanese marque had got it right this time with the Yamaha MT-10. History has taught us that any attempt to convert a fully-faired superbike into a naked usually ends in disaster, but going by the spec sheet of the MT-10, it seems that Yamaha just might be successful in this venture.
The first thing that strikes you about the MT-10 is its design. Calling it striking or aggressive is an understatement. Featuring twin projector headlamps and the sharpest, most angular of designs, the MT-10 looks like a very, very angry bike.
The latest litre-class naked street fighter which will be taking the reins from the demure FZ-1 is a stripped down version of Yamaha’s flagship YZF-R1 and is powered by a tweaked version of the 999 cc in-line engine used in the superbike. Yamaha have followed the policy of “If it isn’t broken, don’t fix it” while making this bike. The MT gets the same main chassis, swingarm, suspension, electronics package (minus the IMU), wheels and basic engine architecture as the R1. It also gets rider modes, traction control, cruise control, Yamaha’s Slip & Assist clutch, and a full LCD dash to compete the package.
The 999 cc engine borrowed from the R1 has been retuned for more mid-range responsiveness. It boasts of a very healthy power output of 158.2bhp at 11,500rpm, and 81.86ftlb torque at 9000rpm all wrapped in a minimalist package. With a kerb weight of 210kg (around 190kg dry), and most of that weight carried low in the chassis, it should be razor sharp and ultra-responsive.
Yamaha are also offering a wide range of after-market accessories for the MT-10 including an official Akrapovic exhaust, quick-shifter, heated grips, soft panniers and a comfort seat. The Yamaha MT-10 will be available in showrooms by mid-April for an expected price of 14 lakhs and we just can’t wait to see how this beast of a bike performs on the road.