Streetfighter, naked bike, sport standard – take your pick, but a motorcycle like the Yamaha MT-10 should really be called The Answer.
The Question? You’ve got $13,999 in your bank account, declining in value with each passing day due to inflation, so how should you spend it?
You could be prudent and invest it, but the stock market is volatile and crypto is funny money.
Or you could buy something tangible. You work hard for your money, so reward yourself. Buy something fun.
You could steal another $1,001 from your piggybank and buy a $15,000 Specialized S-Works Turbo Levo electric-assist mountain bike. You’d be the envy of everyone at your local trail, but it’s still a bicycle. You have to pedal it to get anywhere.
Instead, why not cut to the chase and buy a 160-hp scream machine with electric-blue wheels and laser-beam eyes? Money can’t buy happiness, but it can buy a bundle of thrills.
Twist its right grip, and the MT-10 punches a gaping hole in the atmosphere, sucking in air through a trio of uneven-length intake ducts and sending a glorious howl up through a pair of Acoustic Sound Grilles, tingling all the right nerves and tapping into your hypothalamus for a big hit of dopamine.
Embrace your inner hedonist. Ask for forgiveness rather than permission. Be the gear change you want to see in the world.
Rowing through said gears – made easier with an up/down quickshifter but also slick and smooth using the slip/assist clutch – and spooling up the 998cc inline-Four repeatedly is endlessly entertaining and hopelessly addictive.
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2022 Yamaha MT-10 Specs
Base Price: $13,999
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse inline-Four, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 79.0 x 50.9mm
Horsepower: 138 hp at 9,400 rpm (rear-wheel dyno, previous model)
Torque: 77 lb-ft at 9,200 rpm (rear-wheel dyno, previous model)
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Wheelbase: 55.3 in.
Rake/Trail: 24 degrees/4.0 in.
Seat Height: 32.9 in.
Wet Weight: 467 lb
Fuel Capacity: 4.5 gals.
Fuel Consumption: 36 mpg