2020 Yamaha MT-10 Preview

Four cylinders, six gears, one exciting motorcycle.

Yamaha is really putting an emphasis on the MT-series these days and the MT-10 just happens to be the flagship of its Hyper Naked lineup. It’s big, bad, and downright nasty plus it’s a blast to ride.
Yamaha is really putting an emphasis on the MT-series these days and the MT-10 just happens to be the flagship of its Hyper Naked lineup. It’s big, bad, and downright nasty plus it’s a blast to ride.Yamaha

The 2020 Yamaha MT-10 is the flagship model of Yamaha's Hyper Naked street motorcycle segment that includes the new MT-03, MT-07, and the MT-09. As the leader of this self-proclaimed army of darkness, the MT-10 is equipped with the exciting 998cc crossplane inline four-cylinder engine derived from the high-tech R1 superbike. The similarities don't stop there either.

The 2020 Yamaha MT-10 features the powerful 998cc inline four-cylinder engine with crossplane crankshaft technology developed for the YZF-R1 superbike. Tuned specifically for the MT-10, this engine develops strong low- to mid-rpm torque.
The 2020 Yamaha MT-10 features the powerful 998cc inline four-cylinder engine with crossplane crankshaft technology developed for the YZF-R1 superbike. Tuned specifically for the MT-10, this engine develops strong low- to mid-rpm torque.Yamaha

The MT-10 chassis is designed around the lightweight Deltabox aluminum frame, again similar to the R1, along with fully adjustable 43mm inverted KYB fork and piggyback rear shock. Brakes are equally impressive with standard ABS assisting a pair of radial-mount four-piston calipers gripping large 330mm front rotors. Lightweight alloy wheels and a low-slung exhaust help the MT-10 offer excellent agility in the corners while remaining locked to the road under acceleration. We've ridden the MT-10 enough to know that this is a streetfighter that provides an exciting ride no matter where you find yourself.

The MT-10 features a range of systems powered by YCC-T ride-by-wire throttle system that provides precise throttle control.
The MT-10 features a range of systems powered by YCC-T ride-by-wire throttle system that provides precise throttle control.Yamaha

But it is the look of the MT-series that Yamaha is hoping you will embrace. Sure, the performance is there but it's the sinister-looking, futuristic stance of the big Hyper Naked that seems to be the appeal. An angular front light pod houses a pair of projector beam headlamps and LED running lights while providing spectators a memorable first impression as it approaches them from the dark seedy underbelly of Anytown, USA.

2020 Yamaha MT-10 Price And Colors

The MT-10 comes with standard cruise control, D-Mode allows the rider to choose their preferred level of engine response, while the Traction Control System (TCS) helps maximize available traction based on road conditions.
The MT-10 comes with standard cruise control, D-Mode allows the rider to choose their preferred level of engine response, while the Traction Control System (TCS) helps maximize available traction based on road conditions.Yamaha

Yes, it is a bit of play on the streetfighter segment, but you cannot deny that Yamaha is having a great time developing and marketing the MT-10 and its smaller cousins. It is a hooligan bike with the requisite combination of awesome power, nasty looks, and high-tech hardware and software that make this motorcycle such an intriguing option. It ticks all the boxes, has that dreamy crossplane crank howl from its open-class engine, and will be available in two colors for the 2020 model year: Ice Fluo (white) and Matte Raven Black with an MSRP of $12,999.

2020 Yamaha MT-10 Specifications

PRICE $12,999
ENGINE 998cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled crossplane inline-four; 16-valve
BORE x STROKE 79.0 x 50.9mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 12.0:1
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection w/ YCC-T
CLUTCH Wet multiplate slipper clutch; cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Aluminum Deltabox
FRONT SUSPENSION 43mm KYB inverted fork, fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION KYB piggyback shock, fully adjustable; 4.7-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE 320mm discs w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 220mm disc w/ ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Die-cast aluminum; 17 x 3.5-in. / 17 x 6.0-in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Bridgestone Hypersport S20; 120/70-17 / 190/55ZR-17
RAKE/TRAIL 24.0°/4.0 in.
WHEELBASE 55.1 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.5 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.5 gal.
CLAIMED CURB WEIGHT 463 lb.
WARRANTY 1-year limited factory warranty
AVAILABLE November 2019
CONTACT yamahamotorsports.com/
The Yamaha MT-10 features a lightweight aluminum Deltabox frame similar to the YZF-R1 superbike.
The Yamaha MT-10 features a lightweight aluminum Deltabox frame similar to the YZF-R1 superbike.Yamaha
Yamaha’s antilock braking system (ABS) is mated to high-specification braking components for strong braking power with excellent feedback and control.
Yamaha’s antilock braking system (ABS) is mated to high-specification braking components for strong braking power with excellent feedback and control.Yamaha
The MT-10 has bright LED lighting to help you see and be seen, plus it has a clean-looking LCD instrument panel with a large speedometer display and bar-type tachometer.
The MT-10 has bright LED lighting to help you see and be seen, plus it has a clean-looking LCD instrument panel with a large speedometer display and bar-type tachometer. The panel includes a fuel gauge, fuel economy, a gear position indicator, clock, odometers, and warning lights.Yamaha
The YCC-T system allows the rider to adjust throttle response through the D-Mode. Mode 1 is the sharpest throttle response, mode 2 is great for casual street riding, and mode 3 offers the smoothest, most progressive of the three.
The YCC-T system allows the rider to adjust throttle response through the D-Mode. Mode 1 is the sharpest throttle response, mode 2 is great for casual street riding, and mode 3 offers the smoothest, most progressive of the three.Yamaha
The antilock braking system works with the MT-10’s radial-mount, four-piston front calipers and massive 320mm discs to provide great stopping power.
The antilock braking system works with the MT-10’s radial-mount, four-piston front calipers and massive 320mm discs to provide great stopping power.Yamaha
The 2020 Yamaha MT-10 is equipped with a fully adjustable inverted 43mm KYB fork with 4.7 inches of travel.
The 2020 Yamaha MT-10 is equipped with a fully adjustable inverted 43mm KYB fork with 4.7 inches of travel.Yamaha
The 2020 Yamaha MT-10 is equipped with fully adjustable KYB fork and rear shock which are designed to provide awesome handling and excellent response while riding your favorite roads.
The 2020 Yamaha MT-10 is equipped with fully adjustable KYB fork and rear shock which are designed to provide awesome handling and excellent response while riding your favorite roads.Yamaha
Lightweight wheels, a low-slung exhaust and a trick-looking swingarm are just some of the many components that help the 2020 Yamaha MT-10 look and feel like a Hyper Naked.
Lightweight wheels, a low-slung exhaust and a trick-looking swingarm are just some of the many components that help the 2020 Yamaha MT-10 look and feel like a Hyper Naked.Yamaha
All the selector switches are conveniently located on the left handlebar for easy access to the D-Mode and other functions.
All the selector switches are conveniently located on the left handlebar for easy access to the D-Mode and other functions.Yamaha