2019 Yamaha MT-10

A liter-class naked sportbike built for fast street riding

2019 Yamaha MT-10
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The 2019 Yamaha MT-10 is an open-class streetfighter-style motorcycle that blends the rowdy performance of the YZF-R1 superbike engine with more street-friendly ergonomics and chassis tuning. Wearing futuristic Transformer-like styling similar to the rest of Yamaha’s “Masters of Torque” family, the MT-10 is positioned at the top of the three-bike engine range—998cc inline-four, 847cc inline-three, and 689cc parallel twin—and aimed at experienced motorcyclists who are seeking refined on-road performance. Don’t be fooled though: With its crossplane-crankshaft engine configuration, the MT-10 delivers a feel and sound unlike anything else in the world of motorcycling.

And that, boiled down to its essence, is why the MT-10 is so much fun to ride. It has an engine character—the low-end grunt of a V-twin combined with the wailing top-end of an inline-four—usually reserved for exotic European motorcycle brands but with the build quality for which Japanese manufacturers have long been praised. The MT-10 is carefully honed and polished, a hallmark of the Japanese engineering culture, but, like the R1, that buffed-out mechanical sweetness is underlined by a vat of bubbling soul with a musical overtone that cannot be ignored.

Likes: Unique engine sound and feel mated with athletic handling

Dislikes: Thirsty at the fuel pump with conservative ABS programming

Verdict: Loads of character, power, and performance in a refined package

2019 Yamaha MT-10 Reviews And Comparisons

Previously known as the FZ-10, the Yamaha MT-10 has always performed well in Cycle World comparison tests. In a recent showdown with its top naked-bike competition, the YZF-R1-derived inline-four held its own. “It is rich in character with a unique sound and feel thanks to its crossplane-crank configuration.”

2019 Yamaha MT-10 Competition

The 2019 MT-10 faces stiff competition inside the 1-liter-and-up naked-bike class, primarily from European brands, including the BMW S1000R, KTM 1290 Super Duke R, and Aprilia Tuono V4 1100. It also competes against the revamped-for-2018 Honda CB1000R, Kawasaki Z900 ABS, and Suzuki GSX-S1000 ABS.

2019 Yamaha MT-10 Specifications And Pricing

The 2019 Yamaha MT-10 is available in Ice Fluo—easily identified by its orange wheels—and a stealthy Matte Raven Black. A wide line of accessories are available, including a quickshifter and a slip-on Yoshimura muffler. The MT-10 can also be configured for touring with a windshield, “comfort” saddle, and hard luggage.

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $12,999
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, inline-four
Displacement 998cc
Bore x Stroke 79.0mm x 50.9mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 32.5 in.
Rake 24.0º
Trail 4.0 in.
Front Suspension 43mm, fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 190/55-17
Fuel Capacity 4.5 gal.
Wheelbase 55.1 in.
Claimed Wet Weight 463 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 33.0 in.
Wet Weight N/A
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 131.2 hp @ 9,530 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 73.6 lb.-ft. @ 9,280 rpm
0–60 mph 3.0 sec.
1/4-mile 10.61 sec. @ 131.03 mph
Braking 30–0 mph 31.0 ft.
Braking 60–0 mph 122.0 ft.
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