Back in 2005, Yamaha launched the 1,670cc MT-01. Many believed that it rekindled rider interest in muscle bikes, which are basically big bikes with even larger engines than the rest.
With its naked body, high-torque engine and distinctive look, it stood out from the crowd. It was the beginning of a new era in the motorcycle world that really took off with the launch of the similarly successful MT-09 in 2013.
With an R1-derived engine, the MT-10 also debuted shortly and this hyper-naked motorcycle became one of Yamaha’s most successful models to date.
New for 2022
To safeguard its position on the top, the MT-10 has received some upgrades for 2022MY onwards.
According to Yamaha, the 2022MY MT-10’s inline-4 crossplane engine is now Euro5-compliant and is refined further to deliver more power and torque vs the outgoing version.
The 2022 update also benefits from lightweight aluminum forged pistons, offset connecting rods and direct-plated cylinders in order to ensure maximum efficiency, and has a number of new model-specific features that are designed to enhance the feeling of torque.
To boost the road-focused midrange, steel connecting rods are used rather than the titanium components used on the R1, and the moment of inertia at the crankshaft is increased.
The new MT-10 also features a new titanium exhaust system, compact new twin-eye mono-focus LED headlights with separate high and low beam and enlarged ducts to increase air intake efficiency.
For improved comfort together with greater freedom in adopting different riding styles, the 2022 model’s ‘rider triangle’ – the bar/footrest/seat relationship – has also been improved. Other features include a quickshifter as standard, 4.2-inch TFT screen, ride-by-wire with four power delivery modes, and many more.
The new MT-10 will be available in three colors: Cyan Storm, Icon Blue and Tech Black. PH availability is to be determined as of this writing.