2022 Yamaha MT-10 Review

We saddle up on Yamaha’s new and improved 2022 MT-10 naked bike in this review.

We saddle up on Yamaha’s new and improved 2022 MT-10 naked bike in this review. (Joseph Agustin/)

Yamaha has updated its liter-class MT-10, its top-of-the-range Masters of Torque-series naked bike, for 2022. It’s now even more a streetbike designed for sport-riding enthusiasts who want their superbike-level performance in a comfortable upright ergonomics package.

Editor’s note: We have reported on the new and improved MT-10 during the 2022 Yamaha MT-10 First Look Preview and 2022 Yamaha MT-10 First Ride Review articles. Additionally read about its predecessor in the 2020 Yamaha MT-10 MC Commute Review article and video.

The new styling is of course what’s noticed first, and we like the updated shape of the body panels in general and the front end in particular, where the LED running lights give it a sort of Transformer-ish look. The MT-10 certainly follows the motif of Yamaha’s YZF lineup, a feel that extends from styling to its sporting character and now, even its sound.

New air exit vents atop the 4.5-gallon fuel tank direct the motor’s induction roar back towards the rider, giving the engine note a surround-sound feel and more sonic presence than a YZF-R1 superbike. The engine and exhaust notes are in another league and give the European naked bike competition a serious run for their money. Good job, Yamaha Motor.

And as for the motor, it’s Yamaha’s tried-and-true 998cc inline four from the 2015-generation YZF-R1. The engine benefits from the Tuning Fork brand’s crossplane engine technology, giving the bike feel between that of an old-school V-twin sportbike and a high-revving inline four, with a character and sound that’s exclusive to Yamaha.

Over the years, this bike has become one of our favorites. It has good feel at the business end of the Bridgestone Battlax S22 tire and is very playful. The implementation of the YZF-R1′s IMU and electronics takes this naked into the modern era. Specifically, the MT-10 inherits four-way adjustable combined engine power and throttle response modes. It also benefits from wheelie control, known as lift control by Yamaha Motor. Slide control expands on traction control by metering power based on vehicle yaw, which is basically how sideways a vehicle gets; you can see how that’d be helpful.

Take power sliding, for example; when doing so, the electronics allow a certain amount of sliding in the yaw axis when the rider holds the throttle wide on the racetrack. It’s neat that Yamaha fit its high-end electronics package on its MT-10, but realistically, this feature is more oriented for circuit riders. If you’re a street rider, you’re going to be hard pressed to ride this bike hard enough to engage the electronics on the street, especially at a sane pace.

Compared to the R1, Yamaha’s MT-10 is far more comfortable for day-to-day riding. The handlebar is nice and upright, though it makes for more sporty ergonomics than the MT-07 and MT-09. Yet the ergonomics package isn’t too aggressive. Most riders will be able to spend a seven-hour day in the saddle without their wrists and knees screaming in agony.

That said, the MT is outfitted with the YZF-R1′s chassis and suspension. The handling on this bike is exquisite. It gained four pounds versus its predecessor, but you’ll never feel the minimal extra weight. This bike is very maneuverable, easy to put where you want, and it’s stable to boot. The suspension has a good combination of road holding and compliance over bumps. It’s not going to ride quite as nicely over the rough stuff as the squishy MT-09, but this model is all about handling precision for riders who like to ride truly fast.

With that in mind, we’re happy Yamaha upgraded the front brake master cylinder with a Brembo sourced radial unit that gives exquisite brake feel at the front lever. The rear master cylinder is also a new Brembo, giving copious rear end brake feel. Furthermore, adjustable mode ABS, which Yamaha calls Brake Control, is now standard on this MT. The least aggressive setting (BC 2) has lean-based cornering ABS; however, the more aggressive setup (BC 1) disables lean sensitive ABS braking. More aggressive riders or those riding at the trackshould select BC 1. Still, the ABS programming is very conservative compared to that on the European brands. For our part, we wish Yamaha would go more aggressive with its ABS programming, allowing us to use the brakes much harder without having to worry about the system intervening or kicking back at the lever.

We also appreciate Yamaha stepping it up in the creature comforts department. The nice TFT color display is an improvement over the previous LCD version, although it’s an old design. Yamaha has been using this dash display for seven years now and it’s a tad small. The switchgear for the interface is hokey-pokey, too. We’ve written about this many times in other recent contemporary Yamaha street bike reviews, and our feelings here are the same: Please, Yamaha, fit a larger color TFT display on these vehicles and improve the feel of the scroll wheel. We’re not mad, just disappointed. And please note that we do love the returning 12-volt power port and the max speed limiter function update to the cruise control.

If you’re an existing MT-10 owner, is the ‘22 version worth the extra $1,000 MSRP over its predecessor? We don’t think so. It doesn’t offer enough in terms of performance, handling, or creature comfort upgrades to justify replacing. But MT-07, MT-09 and MT-09-SP riders who want a motorcycle with added handling pedigree should definitely add the 2022 MT-10 to their shopping list.

Gear Box

Helmet: Arai Signet-X

Jacket: Dainese Sevilla Air

Pant: Dainese Tex

Gloves: Racer Guide

Boots: TCX Rush 2 Air

2022 Yamaha MT-10 Technical Specifications and Price

PRICE $13,999
ENGINE 998cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, inline 4-cylinder; 16 valves
BORE x STROKE 79 x 50.9mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 12.0:1
FUEL DELIVERY Ride-by-wire fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate slipper clutch
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
FRAME Aluminum Deltabox
FRONT SUSPENSION 43mm KYB, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Single KYB, fully adjustable; 4.7 in. travel
FRONT BRAKES 4-piston calipers, dual 320mm discs w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 2-piston Nissin caliper, 220mm disc w/ ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Alloy 5 spoke; 17 x 3.5 in. / 17 x 6.0 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22; 120/70-17 / 190/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL 24.0°/4.0 in.
WHEELBASE 55.3 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.9 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 4.5 gal.
CURB WEIGHT 467 lb.
WARRANTY 12 months, limited

We’re big fans of the MT-10’s improved styling. Although it still looks Transformer-ish, the body lines are more elegant.

We’re big fans of the MT-10’s improved styling. Although it still looks Transformer-ish, the body lines are more elegant. (Joseph Agustin/)

Cut-outs on either side of the 4.5-gallon fuel tank emit a pleasant sounding induction roar from the reshaped airbox.

Cut-outs on either side of the 4.5-gallon fuel tank emit a pleasant sounding induction roar from the reshaped airbox. (Joseph Agustin/)

The MT-10 is an easy handling street bike that affords added road holding compared to its smaller MT siblings.

The MT-10 is an easy handling street bike that affords added road holding compared to its smaller MT siblings. (Joseph Agustin/)

The 2022 MT-10 is powered by the Tuning Fork brand’s tried-and-true 2015-spec YZF-R1 engine that offers a hybrid powerband that feels like a cross between a V-twin sportbike and a high-revving inline four.

The 2022 MT-10 is powered by the Tuning Fork brand’s tried-and-true 2015-spec YZF-R1 engine that offers a hybrid powerband that feels like a cross between a V-twin sportbike and a high-revving inline four. (Joseph Agustin/)

Real ram air scoops feed the 998cc inline four. We love the intake roar of the MT-10 while riding.

Real ram air scoops feed the 998cc inline four. We love the intake roar of the MT-10 while riding. (Joseph Agustin/)

The MT-10’s ergonomics package is the sportiest in the four-bike MT line-up. It’s purposeful without being too demanding for everyday rides.

The MT-10’s ergonomics package is the sportiest in the four-bike MT line-up. It’s purposeful without being too demanding for everyday rides. (Joseph Agustin/)

The ‘22 MT-10 has a cleaner appearance than the original model. LED lighting helps the MT-10 rider stand out after dark.

The ‘22 MT-10 has a cleaner appearance than the original model. LED lighting helps the MT-10 rider stand out after dark. (Joseph Agustin/)

The MT-10 employs a wheel-style control switch that allows for menu navigation. It could benefit from improved tactile response.

The MT-10 employs a wheel-style control switch that allows for menu navigation. It could benefit from improved tactile response. (Joseph Agustin/)

Yamaha’s MT-10 is easily the sportiest MT motorcycle in its lineup. It’s a hoot to ride on your favorite backroad.

Yamaha’s MT-10 is easily the sportiest MT motorcycle in its lineup. It’s a hoot to ride on your favorite backroad. (Joseph Agustin/)

The MT-10 benefits from superbike-derived suspension that offers a good balance between sport and comfort on the street.

The MT-10 benefits from superbike-derived suspension that offers a good balance between sport and comfort on the street. (Joseph Agustin/)

The MT-10’s saddle is nice and cozy and well suited to long days behind the handlebar.

The MT-10’s saddle is nice and cozy and well suited to long days behind the handlebar. (Joseph Agustin/)

Superbike riders that are seeking a more comfortable upright street bike that won’t break the bank will appreciate Yamaha’s 2022 MT-10.

Superbike riders that are seeking a more comfortable upright street bike that won’t break the bank will appreciate Yamaha’s 2022 MT-10. (Joseph Agustin/)
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