Yamaha revealed a new member of its MT family powered by the YZF-R1‘s Inline-Four engine. Known in Europe as the MT-10, we hope to see it come to the U.S. as either the FZ-10 or FZ1.

The MT-10 is a logical next step up in the MT family of naked motorcycles that also includes MT-125, MT-03, MT-07 and MT-09. The MT-10 offers the highest performance specifications of the lineup, boasting technology developed from the R1 but revised for more practical street use.

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When Yamaha first released a video teasing the liter-sized MT, we expected it could be powered by the last generation R1 engine. We’re pleased to see that the MT-10’s engine is instead based on the current R1’s powerplant. The engine’s been tweaked for the MT-10 with new intake, exhaust and fueling systems as well as an optimized crank to deliver strong low- to mid-range torque.

The MT-10 offers three power modes: Standard, A and B. A Mode offers sportier low- to mid-range performance than Standard while B Mode offers a milder throttle response for use in heavy traffic or on slippery roads. The MT-10 also comes with a three-mode (plus “off”) traction control system.


Yamaha equipped the MT-10 with an assist and slipper clutch similar to the one used on the current R1. The clutch uses a slanting cam between the clutch boss and pressure plate to augment the force of the clutch springs. This allowed Yamaha engineers to use lower rate clutch springs for a lighter clutch feel. During deceleration, the pressure plate slips slightly, allowing the clutch to compensate for rear wheel back torque. Yamaha will also offer a quick shift as an optional add-on.

For covering longer distances, Yamaha equipped the MT-10 with cruise control. The system can be used in 4th, 5th and 6th gears while moving at speeds between 31 and 112 mph by activating a switch on the left handlebar. The Yamaha Chip Controlled throttle (YCC-T) keeps the MT-10 at the set speed, whether its moving uphill, downhill or on level ground. Pressing the switch again increases the set speed in increments of 2 kph (about 1.2 mph). Activating the brakes, clutch or throttle turns off cruise control, while a “Resume” switch turns it back on to the previous setting.


The aluminum Deltabox frame is based on the R1’s current chassis but revised for the MT-10 to be better suited for a daily commuter than a track-focused sportbike. A new steel subframe offers mounting points for luggage, adding to the MT-10’s more practical nature.

Yamaha opted to give the MT-10 a short 55.1-inch wheelbase, which Yamaha says is about 1.4 inches shorter than the wheelbase on its closest competing naked literbike. With the R1’s long aluminum truss swingarm, Yamaha says the MT-10 offers light and neutral handling and improved straight-line stability.


Up front, the MT-10 is suspended by a 43mm KYB upside-down fork offering 120mm of travel. The fork is developed from the R1’s suspension, but with different settings to make it more compliant in low-load situations while offering more improved front-wheel feedback while carrying higher loads. The swingarm is suspended by a KYB shock connected with a bottom-link Monocross system.

The front wheel is equipped with twin 320mm discs paired with four-piston radial-mount calipers with sintered pads. At the rear, the MT-10 sports a 220mm disc with a pin-slide caliper. ABS comes standard.


Visually, the MT-10 looks like a natural extension of the MT family’s design language. Twin LED headlights peek out from beneath a flyscreen giving it a bit of a robotic look. The turn signals and rear lighting also make use of LEDs.

Other highlights include a 4.5-gallon fuel tank, five-spoke cast aluminum wheels, Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport tires, a multi-function LCD display and 12V DC outlet designed for Yamaha’s accessory heated grips.

The 2016 Yamaha MT-10 will be available in Europe in Tech Black, Race Blu or Night Fluo colors. The gray Night Fluo color scheme with yellow wheels will also be offered on other select MT models. Stay tuned for word on U.S. availability.

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  • 12er

    Cool bike but appears it would come to life in the middle of the night and kill me in my sleep.

  • spiff

    How about the electronic suspension. I think this is the perfect use for it. What about the whole R1 electronics package. They need an M1 version.

    • Luke

      Most other manufacturers would wait a year or two and launch a FZ-10RR (or some such thing). But at this size, I imagine if you wanted more track features, you’d just by the track version.

      I wonder if they will undercut the other big nakeds on price like they did with the FZ-07/09 pair.

      • spiff

        I hear ya, but I would have the electronics/suspension geared towards the intended purpose: the street. The Tuono has the full electronics, and Ducati has made use of electronic suspension for the street. If I can pull off a new bike, I plan to ride it for at least a decade. It would be worth it for me to buy a premium model.

  • Old MOron

    Just nine days ago I test rode BMW’s S1000R. I was really impressed. Didn’t think I would like the bike so much, but it’s fantastic. I also rode the XR, but I prefered the R. Now I wonder how this MT-01 would stack up. Oh boy, I can’t wait for a MOronic shootout.

    • Auphliam

      Were the vibes as big an issue as I’ve heard about them. Every review I’ve read for the R and XR mention intrusive vibration at “cruising speeds”.

      • Old MOron

        Very interesting situation. I rode the R and the XR back-to-back. All bikes have some vibration. The R had enough vibe to remind you that you’re on a machine, but it was not intrusive or unpleasant. When I hopped on the XR, I could not believe how crude it felt relative to the R. My demo ride lasted about half an hour, and the XR’s buzz put me off for the first ten or fifteen minutes. I did get used to it, but I would definitely buy the R ahead of the XR.

    • ColoradoS14

      You owe it to yourself to go ride a new Tuono as well. Just rides so nice, feels great, and that sound, oh, that sound…

      • Old MOron

        Get this:
        On Wednesday I stopped by the local moto shop to order a tail bag for my bike. They had a low-miles 2015 Tuono V4 on the lot for about $10,500. I thought that was a very interesting price, and I made a mental note to go back for a demo ride this weekend.

        Yesterday I’m waiting at a red light, and a guy pulls up next to me on that same Tuono. “I just bought it,” he says with a smile.

        “Congratulations! Great bike.”

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  • Daniel Benjamin

    this is a throne of WANT.

  • Sentinel

    Further proof that for the most part, the Japanese manufactures have lost their way,and badly. Trying to lead from behind in every fad category, and ruling none. Just look at this putrid looking thing. Great performance, but very low general utility and usability. All of these years people have been begging for a great truly high-performance all around more standard type bike, but instead they give garbage like this transformers reject thing…

    • P Banks

      These multi-billion dollar companies luckily have your opinion at their disposal. Thank god you are here to keep them on track. Blather on…..

      • Sentinel


    • ColoradoS14

      I don’t think the utility and usability is low but I do agree that rarely are the JDM brands going to be the tip of the spear in blazing the trail forward. That torch has been carried by the likes of Ducati, KTM, Aprilia, BMW and the rest are pretty much just playing catch up.

      Honestly for me a great naked bike is the best bike, family obligations make multiple day rides few and far between so the utility of a Multistrada (or similar) is lost on me. I am in my 30s and torturing myself on a sportbike has just lost its appeal too. I want a bike that weighs under 475lbs wet, has over 110hp to the wheel, modern electronics and sex appeal. For my money the new Tuono is what I lust after these days but I will be interested to see if Ducati does another Streetfighter too. I have ridden the 1290 Super Duke and it is great and a total monster, the BMW S1000R is a wonderful bike but the inline 4 sound just does not do it for me…

    • Tinwoods

      Putrid to you, not to many others (including me) I’m sure. Why do so many people think their aesthetic opinion is fact? Never understood that kind of narcissism.

  • john phyyt

    This will probably be a great bike, BUT! I own a fz 09 which I just love, spent money on suspension, pipe , brakes, flash, quickshifter. The soul of the bike is the wonderful triple engine. And I have been lusting for a bigger, better Yamaha , But I want a more potent triple, I won’t be buying this bike . I truly understand that yamaha is seeking to amortize the developement cost of this superbike engine, So I am sad. As I wont see my FZ -111 fighter bomber anytime soon.

  • SRMark

    What the B-King coulda been…

    • HeDidn’tWeDid

      I miss my B-King though. It was just too heavy.

  • Craig Hoffman

    Perhaps Yamaha could follow Suzuki’s lead and offer this bike in the shown Godzilla costume like the GSX1000S and then a “normal” looking bike like the GSX1000F.

    Really liking this new bike’s features (cruise, rider modes, etc), but visually the old FZ1 is looking better all the time. Also have heard rumors of a 112 mph speed governor. If that is true, that will have to go as well.

    • P Banks

      No, 112 mph max on the “Cruise control”. This thing could do 112 mph in 2nd gear.

      • Craig Hoffman

        Makes sense. The FJ09 is limited to 115 mph if memory serves, probably what prompted the thought.

    • Tinwoods

      I’d trade in my FZ1 for this in a minute. And I really like my FZ1.

  • P Banks

    I really hope Yamaha brings this beast to the states. This is a hooligan’s delight and will look good in my garage. I can get used to the futuristic looks and the forums so far share this opinion for the most part. Come on Yamaha, this is the bike we have been waiting for.

  • Craig Hoffman

    Saw this and it helped me understand and perhaps dislike this bike less.


    The MT-10 is still not my 53 year old cup of tea, but ya gotta give props to Yamaha for going after the younger crowd and for using the current R1 engine and a chassis with numbers that suggest very sharp handling. I will be interested to read about this and hopeful that the MT-10 is the equivalent of the FZ1N, and that they make another bikini faired variant for the rest of us. Either that or put higher bars on an R1S I guess…

    • Tinwoods

      I’ll be 53 in two weeks. And I’m in.

  • Big d

    What about price? $12-15,000 maybe?

  • Kevin

    My buddy told me Yamaha had come out with this but is did not look good. I asked how bad could it be? We’ve been waiting for the updated FZ-1 for years. Finally !!
    Ugly as crap. Too bad this has entered production already and isn’t just a concept design. How do you go from sensational MT-07 & 09 design success down to this hideous thing. It is so ugly it’s looks do not overcome the performance quality.