If Di Bonaventura Pictures is searching for a motorcycle to portray Bumblebee autobot in the next instalment of the "Transformers" movie series, they can consider the new naked motorcycle from Yamaha. The Japanese two wheeler manufacturer has just unveiled MT-10 high-end naked street bike based on their flagship motorcycle YZF-R1 at the 2015 EICMA show.
Yamaha claims that the new MT-10 is the 'most remarkable naked bike to be developed by Yamaha so far'. The pictures seem to justify the tall claim. The motorcycle has a sinister looking face, which is accentuated with protruding twin headlamp cluster. The large fuel tank and massive engine unit underneath makes the motorcycle looks more muscular. Rear is minimal, which is typical for any naked street motorcycle, and chunky front and rear tyre make the vehicle more aggressive.
This new performance motorcycle features a 998cc water-cooled, in-line four-cylinder engine with a crossplane crankshaft. No power figures have been released, but it is expected in the range of 165-170bhp.
Based on the YZF-R1 meaning, the MT-10 is also based on the aluminium Deltabox main frame. The frame gives MT-10 1,400mm, which is the shortest wheel-base in the class according to Yamaha.
The motorcycle will feature technical gizmos such as three riding modes for different terrains and situations, three-mode switchable traction control as standard, cruise control and slipper clutch. Additionally, MT-10 comes with five-spoke cast aluminium wheels, a 17-litre tank and an LCD instrument panel.
The MT-10 will be positioned on the top of Yamaha's MT range of motorcycles. Beginning with the MT-09, Yamaha has developed a product range, including the MT-09 Tracer, MT-07, MT-03, and MT-25 in this range of naked motorcycles.