Yamaha MT-10 SP Has the Highest Chassis Spec of Any Motorcycle

Ohlins Semi-Active Suspension Raises The Bar for the Super Naked

Following closely on the heels of the updated MT-10 comes the SP version, with semi-active suspension courtesy of Öhlins.

Yamaha MT-10 SP Is The Most Sophisticated Chassis In Motorcycling Today

Yamaha MT-10 SP Has the Highest Chassis Spec of Any Motorcycle
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2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP
All the upgrades of the standard MT-10, but now with Semi-active suspension

Hot on the heels of the all-new MT-10 launched a couple of weeks ago, incorporating more power, new styling, better brakes and a TFT dash, comes the higher spec SP version. While the mechanicals remain the same, it is the suspension that gets the big upgrade.

Yamaha MT-10 SP Has the Highest Chassis Spec of Any Motorcycle
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Aiming For Top Gun
Yamaha claims it’s the highest spec chassis on the market

Being the first production bike to be equipped with the latest semi-active suspension from Öhlins, the MT-10 SP sets its sights firmly on top spot in the hotly contested super naked class, against serious rivals from Aprilia (Tuono), KTM (1290 Super Duke), Ducati (V4 Streetfighter) and the Triumph Speed Triple RS. So far, Yamaha is the only Japanese manufacturer to play in this category.

Yamaha MT-10 SP Has the Highest Chassis Spec of Any Motorcycle
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Semi-Active
System has three semi-active modes and three manual modes

In case you’re technically minded, the next generation of Öhlins semi-active suspension uses ‘spool valve damping technology’ to give a greater range of damping adjustment and higher degree of response.

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Flick of The Switch
Switching between modes can be done on the fly

The system comes with three selectable semi-active modes, A-1, A-2 and A-3, which equate to Sport, Sport-touring and Touring and the system automatically and continually adjusts rebound and compression damping and there are also three manual modes, M-1, M-2 and M-3.

Yamaha claims that the system is the most sophisticated chassis technology on a production motorcycle - better even than that fitted to the R1M - although, being an Öhlins system, it is likely that it will find its way onto other bikes in the future.

Yamaha MT-10 SP Has the Highest Chassis Spec of Any Motorcycle
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New TFT Dash
Suspension status controlled through the screen

other changes to the MT-10 SP over the standard model are a three-piece belly pan and braided brake hoses, while new graphics mirror those found on the R1M.

The new SP is expected to arrive mid-2022 and no prices have been announced yet.

Harry Fisher
Harry Fisher
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Born and raised in England, he has lived in South Africa with his family since 2002. Harry has owned examples of Triumph, Norton, BSA, MV Agusta, Honda, BMW, Ducati, Harley Davidson, Kawasaki and Moto Morini motorcycles. He regrets selling all of them.  Read full bio
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