Very eagerly awaited for by many riders, especially a few of our friends, the Yamaha MT-10 is one awesome motorcycle. Your riding skills are more than required for this machine. The Yamaha MT-10 is a very serious bit of machine in the best possible way. Yamaha’s engineers have produced the ‘Big Daddy’ of the MT-Series with brawn and control, it’s the mediator of all below it. Fun to cruise on at a touring pace, very exciting to run at a sports pace and breathtaking to have a crack on, such is its flexibility.
The MotoGP derived engine with the ‘crossplane’ crank technology is simply a brilliant powerplant. It grunts like a V-twin, has linear torque delivery like a triple and can scream like an inline four without sounding like one – it sounds a lot tougher and moves to match that sound. The upright riding position puts you in total control behind the handlebars, which is exactly what you need riding cities like Bangkok where you have to expect the unexpected. Going precisely where you point it encourages you to have a bit more of a go, making for a very fun ride.
Suspension is firm yet compliant, on what were some very ordinary road surfaces we covered on the test. The brakes are brilliant with great power and progressive feel, giving you even more confidence to push it a little harder, and running through the engine maps you really can notice the difference in each of the settings.