This news should come as a surprise to nobody, but it’s still equally as exciting to finally get the official confirmation: Yamaha is bringing an updated MT-10 to the US. Maybe more exciting is the announcement that Yamaha is also bringing an MT-10 SP here as well. We reported earlier this month that a new MT-10 was coming, but at the time, the report was only confirmed for Europe. Now the US can rest assured it’s coming here, too.
The updates are mentioned in the linked article above (and the press release below), but as a quick refresher, the most obvious change is a new look. Yamaha designers chose to go with a minimalist look and have shed even more bodywork off the previous MT-10, exposing more of the frame in the process. The headlight also gets slimmed down, too.
Beneath the skin the engine also gets minor fueling tweaks for better efficiency and a more pleasing intake note. But the biggest performance change is the addition of an R1-derived electronics system, including a six-axis IMU and all the rider aids that come with it. In fact, the system in the new MT-10 is smaller and lighter than the R1 unit – a sign of how quickly tech advances.
What’s maybe more exciting – or unexpected? – is the concurrent announcement of the MT-10 SP model. Taking inspiration from the R1M, the MT-10 SP gets the latest iteration of the Öhlins semi-active suspension at both ends. Three semi-active modes along with three manual settings allow the rider to tailor the suspension exactly to their liking. In addition, the SP also gets an exclusive lower fairing and steel-braided brake lines.
Check out the press release below for full details.
Begin press release:
Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA is excited to announce the next generation of our flagship MT model, the all-new 2022 Yamaha MT-10, and for the first time in the North American market, the all-new 2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP. Derived from the World Superbike and MotoAmerica Superbike dominating Yamaha YZF-R1, the MT-10 is the pinnacle of Yamaha’s Hyper Naked range boasting the renowned high-torque 998cc CP4 engine, supremely capable aluminum Deltabox YZF-R1 frame and ultra-aggressive naked styling for superbike levels of performance in a refined, street-focused package.
The Dark Side of Japan
Since 2013, the Dark Side of Japan has been the inspiration behind the development of Yamaha’s ‘Master of Torque’ MT models, bringing a new level of excitement and dynamism to the sport-naked class. Inspired by the provocative design concepts emerging from Japan’s vibrant, unconventional motorsport subculture, Yamaha’s MT models are conceived and built by people who eat, breathe and sleep motorcycles. With a focus on torque-rich engine performance, agile handling and aggressive looks, every MT is designed to deliver a thrilling, sporty ride that reinforces the passion for two wheels. With over a quarter of a million MT models sold since the first model arrived eight years ago, Yamaha’s Hyper Naked family provides enthusiasts around the world the opportunity to experience the Dark Side of Japan for themselves.
2022 YAMAHA MT-10—THE DEFINITIVE ‘MASTER OF TORQUE’
Compact, Minimalist Styling & Enhanced Ergonomics
From the launch of the very first MT-10, Yamaha’s flagship Hyper Naked established a reputation for being one of the most distinctive and aggressively styled bikes in the category. The next evolution of the MT-10 continues this tradition with a stripped-down new look achieved by removing unnecessary bodywork elements and refocusing attention on the pure mechanical beauty of the muscular engine and compact frame. Mounted on either side of the fuel tank cover, enlarged functional intake ducts increase efficiency while visually enhancing the bike’s new, aggressive look.
The ‘face’ of every motorcycle is one of the most significant design elements, shaping the way it is perceived. New twin-eye mono-focus LED headlights and LED position lights situated above the headlights combine with a more compact nose assembly to minimize overhang and lend a more refined, dominant look. Separate high and low beam units provide excellent illumination and project a powerful, even beam with softer light at the edges.
Ergonomics are also enhanced for greater comfort and control. Protruding areas around the fuel tank are reduced offering more freedom of movement and better feel when the rider grips the tank with their knees under hard braking or cornering. The 2022 model’s ‘rider triangle’—the bar/footrest/seat relationship—is improved with the hip position lowered for a feeling of sitting more within the bike. Additionally, seat firmness is modified to further enhance comfort.
New Six-Axis Inertial Measurement Unit with Rider Aids
New for 2022, the MT-10 takes a significant step forward in technological advancement with the addition of Yamaha’s state-of-the-art six-axis IMU. Originally developed for the YZF-R1, the new IMU on the MT-10 has now evolved into a smaller and lighter unit, featuring two sensors that measure three-axis angular velocity (pitch, roll and yaw) and three-axis acceleration (forward/
Lightweight Aluminum Deltabox Frame
Derived from the class leading R1, the MT-10’s aluminum Deltabox frame is central to the confidence inspiring handling. Originally developed to cope with the demands of a high-horsepower superbike under race conditions, this high-tech frame uses the CP4 engine as a fully stressed member to keep weight to a minimum. Equipped with a long aluminum swingarm while still maintaining a compact 55.3-inch (1405mm) wheelbase, the chassis delivers stable, light and agile handling in a wide variety of low- and high-speed riding conditions.
Optimized Front & Rear Suspension
The MT-10’s suspension system uses optimized model-specific settings front and rear that are designed to provide confidence-inspiring grip, precise handling and a plush ride, whether navigating urban streets or carving up mountain bends. The fully adjustable high-spec 43mm KYB front forks and fully adjustable KYB rear shock can be easily set up to match varying loads and personal riding preferences.
MT-10 Colors, Availability & Price
The 2022 Yamaha MT-10 will be offered in two color options reflecting the Dark Side of Japan styling ethos: Cyan Storm or Matte Raven Black. It will be available from dealers in March 2022 for an MSRP of $13,999.
2022 YAMAHA MT-10 SP—THE ULTIMATE ‘MASTER OF TORQUE’
Yamaha’s much revered SP models represent the pinnacle of machine development, featuring the most sophisticated specifications available. For 2022, Yamaha is excited to offer an all-new Yamaha MT-10 SP model to the U.S. market. Just as the Yamaha MT-10 draws inspiration from the Yamaha YZF-R1 superbike, the all-new MT-10 SP draws inspiration from the ultimate Yamaha superbike, the ultra-advanced, ultra-
Öhlins Semi-Active Suspension System
The new MT-10 SP is designed for riders who want the most exclusive Hyper Naked with the most advanced chassis technology. Although the Yamaha R1M features a similar Öhlins suspension system, the new MT-10 SP is the first production motorcycle to be fitted with the Öhlins’ next generation electronically controlled suspension employing the latest spool valve damping. This state-of-the-art technology provides an even greater range of damping adjustments and a higher degree of response.
Riders can choose between three semi-active damping modes (A-1, A-2, A-3), as well as three manual settings (M-1, M-2, M-3). When any of the automatic modes are selected the system adjusts rebound and compression damping continuously to match the current running conditions, ensuring the most appropriate settings are always in play. Semi-active damping modes include:
Manual mode allows precise electronic adjustment of compression and rebound damping for both the front fork and rear shock. Managed through the YRC menu, the suspension can be tailored to suit the exact rider style or riding environment required.
Exclusive Lower Fairing
The new MT-10 SP also comes equipped with an exclusive color-matched lower fairing for a more aggressive race-bred look, additionally serving to direct more air to the oil cooler at speed.
Braided Steel Brake Lines
Braided steel brake lines are fitted as standard on the MT-10 SP, providing a high level of feel at the lever and more resistance to fade under track conditions and extreme temperatures.
MT-10 SP Color, Availability & Price
The 2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP’s exclusive Liquid Metal/Raven color scheme signifies its top of the Hyper Naked range status and highlights the close technological links with the YZF-R1M. It will be available from dealers in May 2022 for an MSRP of $16,899.
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