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EICMA 2015: Yamaha’s MT-10 Revealed

Finally, EICMA is upon us and we’ve already seen some exciting machines being unveiled – but this based MT-10 is particularly interesting… Ridden on to the stage in Milan by World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, and accompanied by Valentino Rossi, this first reveal promises great things from Yamaha this weekend.

Pushing the odd front end aside for the moment, the rest of the MT-10 is based around the R1; the engine is derived directly from the R1, although has been tuned for better torque in the low and mid ranges. The frame is also a loan from the R1, and features the same aluminum “Deltabox” which gives the MT-10 a short wheel base of 1,400mm.

The suspension is pretty much what you’d expect it to be, inspired, as is the braking system which features four-pot radial-mounted calipers and 320mm discs at the front, complete with ABS. The rest of the electronics package includes switchable traction control with three built in riding modes, a slipper clutch and cruise control. Underneath, the MT-10 is equipped with five-spoke cast aluminum wheels.

Aesthetically, it’s got a very weird looking front, very similar to something from a Transformers movie – but when you’re riding an R1 based machine, who cares about looks? The aggressive front is matched with a large and beefy 17 liter tank and an LCD instrument panel.

At the moment, there’s no word on the numbers: the specific details and the all-important price are yet to be revealed and whether or not the MT-10 will make it to the USA either. However, ’s press release reads as follows:

‘Having already created some of the most innovative and successful models in the European market, Yamaha have developed an all-new one-litre motorcycle that has the potential to challenge all comers in the naked bike class. The radical new MT-10 is ready to exceed expectations and appeal to those riders who are looking for a new kind of connected riding experience that can be enjoyed on any road, any time and at any speed.

‘Its 998cc crossplane engine delivers massive levels of linear torque in the low to mid speed range for adrenaline-charged performance – and the aluminium Deltabox chassis features an ultra-short wheelbase of just 1400mm to give supremely light and agile handling performance. Aggressive mass forward styling with a natural riding position give the MT-10 a dominant presence that attracts attention and demands respect – and with its high-tech YZF-R1 based suspension systems and class-leading specification, this iconic new member of motorcycling’s most successful and influential family is the most remarkable naked bike to be developed by Yamaha so far.’

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