Yamaha's MT-10 gets the full SP treatment

Michael Mann - Web Editor, Bike Social
By Michael Mann
MannOnABike Web editor of Bike Social. Been riding bikes since he was four-years-old. Fast and smooth road rider, just about hangs on in a track day quick group.
Yamaha MT-10 SP

As if the 160bhp inline four cylinder Yamaha MT-10 unleashed into dealerships last May wasn't epic enough, the Japanese manufacturer has announced an SP version of the R1-derived super naked at Intermot, the Cologne-based motorcycle show, today.

With a heap of R1 trickery thrown at the already highly accomplished streetfighter, the new MT-10 SP, which is available from February 2017, should be commanding the headlines once again.

The headline change on the SP model is the fitment of Ohlins electronic racing suspension, an assist and slipper clutch, traction control system, quick shifter, a full colour TFT instrument panel (Yamaha call it a Thin Film Transistor) and a special racing colour scheme.

The 998cc Yamaha’s high-tech suspension uses a Suspension Control Unit (SCU) which analyses data from a series of sensors which allow the suspension to react to the riding conditions, which the company claims offers an optimal set-up at all times.

The Silver Blue Carbon colour scheme is your only option on the SP model, while the MT-10 itself gets a few tweaks for 2017. The updated version will be available from UK dealerships in February and features a new quick shifter as standard – allowing clutchless upshifts. It also has had revised engine mapping offering smoother throttle characteristics tight through the already mighty rev range.

Expect the prices of the revised MT-10 and the new MT-10 SP models to be confirmed next month.

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