2022 Yamaha MT-10 Announced for Europe
Refreshed styling, updated engine and six-axis IMU
Yamaha Motor Europe announced a redesigned MT-10 for 2022, updating the engine to meet Euro 5 and adding a six-axis Inertial Measurement Unit. As of this writing, the 2022 MT-10 has not been confirmed for the U.S., but we expect that will happen soon.
Visually, Yamaha gave the MT-10 a styling refresh, giving it a new, less-angular face. The new MT-10 looks a bit less like a Transformer thanks to some rounder edges, but those who didn’t like the old styling probably still won’t be fans of the new look. Yamaha also removed some bodywork to expose more of the aluminum Deltabox chassis.
The new headlight unit is more compact, with a pair of LED headlights (with separate high and low beams) and LED “eyebrow” position lights. The scoops on either side of the fuel tank have also been reshaped for improved intake efficiency.
The 998cc CP4 crossplane engine derived from the R1 has been updated with new forged aluminum pistons, offset connecting rods and direct-plated cylinders to improve efficiency. The MT-10’s con rods are steel instead of titanium as on the R1, giving the crankshaft more inertia.
The intake system is all new, with an air box equipped with three intake ducts with different lengths and cross sections. Each duct produces a different intake sound which Yamaha says are “designed to resonate harmoniously at varying engine speeds to create a unique intake roar.” New grilles on the front left and front right of the 4.5-gallon fuel tank are designed to amplify the intake sound and direct it to the rider. Along with a new titanium exhaust and revised fuel injection settings, Yamaha claims the MT-10 produces more torque between 4,000 and 8,000 rpm, accompanied by the intake’s new “sensual roar.”
For 2022, the MT-10 receives a six-axis IMU which processes and transmit data to the ECU to manage the electronic rider aids such as a lean-sensitive traction control system and LIFT control anti-wheelie system. The MT-10 also receives a new Brake Control system which gives riders a choice between the BC1 standard ABS mode and the BC2 lean-sensitive mode.
Other electronic aids include a quick shift, slide control, engine brake management, and a new variable speed limiter that allows riders to preset a top speed to avoid accidentally exceeding legal speed limits.
The suspension system is unchanged from 2021, with a fully-adjustable 43mm inverted fork and rear shock from KYB. The previous model’s four-piston radial mount calipers and 320mm discs also return, and for 2022, Yamaha added a new Brembo radial brake master cylinder.
Yamaha revised the ergonomics, giving the MT-10 a smoother fuel tank cover it claims offers a better feel when gripping the tank while allowing greater mobility when shifting weight in the corners. The seat has also been updated to improve firmness and rider comfort.
For European markets, the 2022 Yamaha MT-10 will be offered in three color options: the Cyan Storm featured in most of the supplied photos, the Icon Blue shown above in the juxtaposition slider, and Tech Black.
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