MT-10: 	The new flagship in our ‘Hyper naked’ line

MT-10: The new flagship in our ‘Hyper naked’ line

Radical in design, radical in technology and performance. Based on the YZF-R1. The MT-10 is the outspoken top of the MT range. Let’s have a look at some of the key questions that our engineers and planners had to face.

2016_MT10_Sport Touring_R1 from 236-661076 (gc_single_col)R1
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_MT-10 development sketch from 236-661058 (gc_single_col)MT-10 development sketch
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_Power curve is tuned for torque from 236-661070 (gc_single_col)Power curve is tuned for torque
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_Compact engine with crossplane crankshaft technology from 236-660996 (gc_single_col)Compact engine with crossplane crankshaft technology
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_Conventional 4-cylinder crankshaft from 236-661002 (gc_single_col)Conventional 4-cylinder crankshaft
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_Crossplane crankshaft from 236-661008 (gc_single_col)Crossplane crankshaft

How much of R1 is in the MT-10?
The MT-10 is built on the same engine/chassis platform as the R1, benefitting from its latest technology. However, it is not “a naked R1”. Its character is significantly changed:
Instead of focusing on race performance and race speeds (up to 300 kmh), the MT-10 has its focus purely on street riding emotions. At useable, public-road speeds.

Did this influence the use of technologies?
The R1 is built for very high rpm ranges at top speed, with full use of expensive materials and technologies to enable that: Titanium conrods and valves, YCC-I variable intake, dual fuel injection…
For MT-10 these were not necessary. Instead, the engine is tuned for torque and for a more emotional response at low and mid rpm:
- Maximum torque comes in at much lower rpm
- The torque curve is higher on most of the rpm range
- Maximum rpm is lower. All this is done by different valves, cam profile, pistons, combustion chamber shape and fuel injection settings.  And for even more responsiveness, the final drive ratio is shortened!

How is the MT-10 engine explosive but controllable at the same time?
To handle the higher torque, the crankshaft has an increased inertia. And what’s more important, the special “crossplane crankshaft” technology creates a great feeling between rider and engine.
A conventional 4-cylinder engine has a regular firing order, with a combustion at each 180 degrees of crankshaft rotation. With this construction, pistons and conrods are rising and falling in pairs: The outer pistons together and the inner pistons together. But that causes inertia fluctuations that interfere with the pure combustion torque developed by the engine.
On the crossplane crankshaft, pistons rise and fall alone, meaning their inertia fluctuations are spread out and the rider has an unspoilt and more immediate connection to the combustion torque of the engine. It is easier to exploit the engine’s output this way.
This technology was originally developed for our MotoGP bikes, with input from Valentino Rossi!
The resulting firing interval is irregular (at 270° - 180° - 90° - 180°). Giving a special character to the engine, with a deeper and throaty sound.

Our Project Leader Shuichi Mori states: “The crossplane engine is a fantastic experience but until now this was only available for supersports riders. With the MT-10 we are proud that we can bring this special Yamaha technology to a wider range of customers.”

2016_MT10_Sport Touring_Aluminium Deltabox frame adopted from R1 from 236-660990 (gc_single_col)Aluminium Deltabox frame adopted from R1
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_Massive Deltabox swingarm combined with short wheelbase from 236-661044 (gc_single_col)Massive Deltabox swingarm combined with short wheelbase
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_High grade KYB® suspensions from 236-661026 (gc_single_col)High grade KYB® suspensions
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_Rear suspension adjustable in high and low speed damping from 236-661089 (gc_single_col)Rear suspension adjustable in high and low speed damping

How is MT-10 agile and stable at the same time?
This starts with the wheelbase that is an ultra-short 1400 mm for fantastic handling. 
What else? 
-The fantastic aluminium Deltabox frame and swingarm are adopted from R1: a compact, light and rigid construction. For MT-10 it is finetuned in its strength-rigidity balance.
- The riding position is slightly moved forward for an ideal weight distribution.
- As on R1, there’s an electronic steering damper on board.
- Tyres are a special Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S20 version.
- The Assist & slipper clutch provides lighter operation and slipper function when downshifting for corners.
- Suspensions are the remarkably high-grade and sensitive KYB units, same as on R1 but with different setting:
- Front 43mm USD fork, cartridge type, adjustable in preload, compression and rebound damping.
- Rear monocross link suspension, adjustable in preload, low-and high-speed compression damping and in rebound damping.

2016_MT10_Sport Touring_Menacing looks from 236-661051 (gc_single_col)Menacing looks
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_Active riding position from 236-660984 (gc_single_col)Active riding position
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_Cruise control and traction control switch on the tapered handlebar from 236-661014 (gc_single_col)Cruise control and traction control switch on the tapered handlebar
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_Raw and essential bike from 236-661083 (gc_single_col)Raw and essential bike
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_Light weight construction and titanium muffler from 236-661038 (gc_single_col)Light weight construction and titanium muffler
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_LED instrument panel provides extensive information from 236-661032 (gc_single_col)LED instrument panel provides extensive information
2016_MT10_Sport Touring_New flagship from 236-661064 (gc_single_col)New flagship

Is there any versatility in such a radical bike?
The front face with its menacing look and the extreme specs of the bike may fool you.
Product planning manager Oliver Grill says: “Behind its aggressive attitude, is a cleverly engineered bike that is more than just a naked supersports. It combines R1 DNA with Tracer-like versatility in a very unique way.”

Some examples: 
- The riding position is active and upright, with a wide handlebar and a slight forward lean; well integrated with the machine.
- The seat is wide and allows freedom to move; a hip stopper enhances you firm grip on the bike during acceleration.
- Despite its naked streetfighter design, the small front mask is quite effective in deflecting the wind from the upper body! It is frame-mounted to keep a light and unobstructed steering feel. And with the accessory windshield the protection level is on pair with that of the Tracer 900.
- The short, minimalistic tail has mounting points for accessory side bags – good for weekend trips.
- Cruise control is standard equipment for that extra convenience in speed-controlled situations.

What explains the price difference with R1?
MT-10 is kept as efficient and essential as possible. As we’ve seen above, the special items to enable very high rpm for top speed were not necessary. Also the riding feeling is kept very pure: no abundance of electronic control systems. Finally, exclusive items like the magnesium wheels and engine covers were replaced by aluminium.

Which other features are on the bike?
- Traction Control System (3 levels to choose from, plus off)
- D-mode to set the engine response (3 levels to choose from)
- Aluminium handle crowns with tapered aluminium handlebar
- Lightweight titanium muffler (exhaust pipes are stainless steel)
- Dry weight of only 190 kg
- Dual, 320mm front discs with 4-pot, radial-mounted calipers and sintered brake pads
- Supersports spec brakes and ABS
- All-LED lights, front lights very powerful
- LCD instrument panel with shift light, gear position indicator, clock, outside temperature, fuel consumption information and lots more
- DC outlet as standard equipment.

For a nice recap of the development please have a look on the next page with an interview (in English) between Cristian Barelli and Oliver Grill.

Technical specifications

Related articles

R1 2015: MotoGP technology through and through

MT-09: Not a normal roadster




Do you like it or not?

Your Bike

Your Bike

Tell us about your experience with your bike or scooter. What are strong or weak points and how satisfied are you?