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.