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Motorcycle News gave the Yamaha MT-10 an overall score of 5 stars out of 5 because it’s the complete package; fast, fun and practical.

Where the MT-10 lost a point was in the ride quality & brakes category. A few parts were taken from the R1 like its modified brakes and adjustable KYB forks and shock. You won’t be able to change directions on a dime like the R1 or its more expensive competitors but the MT-10 will do what you want it to with predictable steering, forgiving handling and you’ll have a pretty good feel of the road under you.

As for the brakes, it may be a modified version of the R1’s but that doesn’t mean they don’t perform well. Actually, the brake pads have more feel on the road and it’s more tactile to use. With ample legroom, the only thing riders will have to worry about are the uncomfortable seats.

Other than that, the engine is great with power delivered smoothly in the lower revs and even though a lot of the R1’s titanium and magnesium components were removed the engine still sounds like a YZR-M1 MotoGP racer. Throttle response is on point for cornering and wheelies but that’s only if you leave it in standard mode because A and B modes sharpen the throttle response too much for these maneuvers.

Those who decide to go with the Yamaha MT-10 will most likely get a reliable bike if Yamaha’s reputation is anything to go by and the current R1 that it’s based off of hasn’t had any major issues because one gearbox recall.
 

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An uncomfortable seat is the last thing to really worry about. The modification of that is simple, practically DIY at home lol. But it's great to see that it's a well balanced and highly rated bike !
 

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It's good to see that the uncomfortable seat is practically the only issue as it can be fixed quite easily. I hardly call it much of an issue, rather a minor setback that you can fix as a DIY project at home even. Great to see that it's reviewed as a all around good package and rated highly !
 

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As much as I would like to own an R1, it just isn't practical enough for me. The MT-10 has power in spades but it also has a lot of features like in-built pannier mounts, a more relaxed riding position and the pegs aren't placed too high up.
 

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Usually I have replaced every seat on each bike I have owned over the last 15 years. I guess my butt must be getting harder as I actually do not mind the stock seat. I usually stop and stretch anyway every two hours so that's my personal time judge.
 
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