Yamaha MT-10 SP Review
What Is It?
The Yamaha MT-10 SP is a premium naked bike which builds on the flagship MT-10 from 2016 with Ohlins suspension and a colour TFT dash.
Engine: 998 cc Inline Four, 158 bhp
Economy: 35 mpg, 130 miles
Seat Height: 825 mm
Wet Weight: 210 kg
What Is It Like?
|✓||Engine, suspension, cool TFT dash|
|×||Very thirsty, large turning circle, seat|
The 1000 mile review of my MT-10 SP
Well, I have had the SP for 10 days and it is now showing over 1000 miles. The first 600-700 were great, but the last few hundred have been something else. I am really enjoying the slightly more relaxed seating position as compared to my Tuono V4.
The only issue that I have had is that I wasn't completely happy with the fit of the optional comfort seat from Yamaha. It didn't quite line up as it should at the fuel tank and I think if I had left it there may have been some rubbing on the fuel tank paint. So....email and pictures to KD Motorcycles and by return email a new one had been ordered and is on it's way to me. That's customer service for you!
Back to the bike......the suspension as said before is as sweet as and I haven't felt the need to adjust anything. I have been switching between the 2 "active" modes depending on road surface and have no complaints at all. I am still running the OE S20's, which aren't the best tyre in the world, but to date they have handled everything that I have thrown at them. I can only put this down to the suspension.
The motor 😳
What a peach of a motor the CP4 is. Torque, torque and more torque. So responsive. I have read that some people have issues with a snatchy throttle response on the standard MT-10 and some are reporting it on the SP too, but my throttle response is silky smooth. No jerkiness, just a silky smooth transition when picking the throttle up again mid-bend. Love it.
The are 4 different pwr modes: Track (1), Standard (2), Touring (3), Rain (4). Again I have only used two of them, pwr1 and pwr2. All modes are full power, but the throttle response is different (so are the traction control and electronic suspension settings). I usually use pwr2 as this has a nice progressive throttle response. All modes are customisable in terms of suspension and traction control settings. The response and surge of power from the motor is amazing and combined with the throttle response and suspension it makes for some fun riding 😊
Tyres will be getting changed to my favourite Metzeler M7 RRs as soon as the rear wears out. Front brake pads have been changed to Brembo SA compound as the OE pads feel a little wooden. The stopping power was fine, but the initial bite and feel from them was not so good.
- Steve L, 2017