2022 Yamaha MT-10 and MT-10SP hit new heights

YAMAHA have unveiled a raft of upgrades for the 2022 MT-10 and MT-10SP, with more power than ever before. This is complemented by an enhanced electronic suite, handling improvements and a new colour range.

Ultra-aggressive naked styling gives the MT-10 the most distinctive and intimidating of looks. The lightweight aluminium chassis delivers class-leading levels of agility and stability that make this one of the most exciting and rewarding motorcycles ever built.

The new  MT-10 is built to take the hyper naked experience to the next level, and reinforce the its reputation as the definitive Master of Torque. The 2022 model is equipped with a refined version of the liquid-cooled CP4 cross-plane engine.

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This time it has increased power and produces a stronger feeling of torque, while benefitting from lightweight aluminium forged pistons, offset conrods and direct-plated cylinders in order to ensure maximum efficiency.

Fuel injection settings have been changed as well, and the design of the intake and exhaust systems is also modified. Fuel economy is improved, CO2 levels reduced, and this more powerful engine meets EU5 regulations.

Yamaha’s development team has custom-made a new tuned intake sound for the 2022 model by the using a new air cleaner box that is equipped with three intake ducts with different lengths and cross sections.

2022 Yamaha MT-10
2022 Yamaha MT-10

Each duct produces a different intake sound, and they are designed to resonate harmoniously at varying engine speeds to create a unique roar that enhances the overall riding experience.

The big-torque experience is heightened by the new acoustic amplifier grilles that are positioned on the front left and front right of the 17-litre fuel tank. These amplifiers transmit the tuned induction sound directly to the rider.

A new titanium exhaust features newly designed downpipes and muffler. Like the new tuned intake, the exhaust has been designed to emit a deep and distinctive sound that emphasises the bike’s uneven firing sequence.

At lower engine speeds the exhaust sound is dominant, while the tuned intake roar takes over from mid to high revs to create a wall of sound that heightens the thrilling acceleration and torque rich performance of the more powerful 2022 engine.

The new MT-10 has a completely new look, with a more integrated feel that gives a minimalist and imposing appearance. Compact new twin-eye mono-focus LED headlights with separate high and low beam units provide excellent illumination as well.

With minimal overhang at the front end and a more compact LED taillight, combined with the compact new nose and new larger air intakes – the MT-10’s mass centralised design is taken to the extreme, giving a brutal and condensed side profile.

2022 Yamaha MT-10
2022 Yamaha MT-10

For improved comfort, together with greater freedom in adopting different riding styles, the
2022 model’s rider triangle, the bar/footrest/seat relationship – has been improved. The fuel tank cover is smoother too, giving a better feel.

In addition the seat’s firmness has been modified for greater comfort. The MT-10’s outstanding front braking system features dual floating 320mm discs with 4-piston radial-mounted callipers. For 2022, a new Brembo radial brake master cylinder is featured.

Other highlights include a Yamaha variable speed limiter and quick shifter. The next evolution of the MT-10 also comes fully equipped with an R1-derived 4.2-inch full-colour TFT display that features a clear and easy to read screen with all the key information.

There’s also a new accelerator position sensor grip ride-by-wire unit that works with the Yamaha chip controlled throttle to give the MT-10 rider increased controllability when accelerating. Power delivery mode provides four selectable ride modes.

The new 6-axis inertial measurement unit is now smaller and lighter, with two sensors that measure 3-axis angular velocity: pitch, roll and yaw – and three-axis acceleration: forward/backward, up/ down and left/right.

This data is transmitted to the ECU, which activates the bike’s electronic rider aids. Sensors detect the relative speeds of the front and rear wheels, and when rear wheel traction loss is detected, the ECU momentarily cuts drive to maintain traction and stability.

2022 Yamaha MT-10
2022 Yamaha MT-10

For increased cornering controllability and confidence, the MT-10 is also equipped with the latest slide control system and wheelie control function, as well as a sophisticated brake control system.

While all of the electronic rider aids can be adjusted independently, Yamaha ride control
gives the MT-10 owner the ability to create an all-inclusive system that can switch the settings for the traction control, SCS, QSS, LIF, EBM and BC systems all at once.

The new MT-10 is built on an aluminium Deltabox chassis, with the CP4 engine integrated as a fully stressed member of the chassis structure to keep weight to an absolute minimum.

Equipped with a long aluminium swingarm, but with a compact wheelbase of 1405mm, the
Deltabox chassis delivers stable, light and agile handling in a wide variety of low and high speed conditions.

The MT-10’s advanced suspension system uses optimised model-specific settings that are designed to provide precise handling and confident road holding, whether in busy urban streets or powering hard through a set of bends in the mountains.

The 43mm fully adjustable KYB front forks offer 120mm travel and can be set up to match
personal riding preferences. These high-spec forks are complemented by a fully adjustable KYB rear shock that can be easily dialled to handle varying loads and riding styles.

2022 Yamaha MT-10SP
2022 Yamaha MT-10SP

Yamaha will offer the new MT-10 in three colour options; Cyan Storm, Icon Blue and Tech Black. Whilst The MT-10SP will be available in Icon Performance, with a new three-piece belly cowl that highlights the raw and aggressive look.

Yamaha’s 2022 MT-10SP features all the changes bestowed on the standard model plus some more of its own, including a new Öhlins electronic suspension package for improved response and comfort. Braided brake hoses provide an improved feel at the lever.

Pricing and arrival dates for both MT-10 variants will be announced shortly. For further information, please contact your local Yamaha dealer.

Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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