What do you think of the Yamaha MT-10 and the BMW S1000R and do you agree with our verdict on which is best? Full review here: 👉
Two super-naked motorcycles using the blistering engine and frame of a flagship sports bike, both detuned from about 200hp to exactly 160hp – Yamaha’s MT-10 and BMW’s S1000R couldn’t be more closely matched. So which is best?
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Simon and I are out with two of the most ludicrous bikes you can buy at the moment we've got Yamahas mt-10 a naked r1 and we've got BMWs s thousand are to the naked s thousand dollar are essentially let's find out which is best these two bikes have been itching for a dust-up since the Yamaha was launched in May it's too super nakeds using a sports bike engine and frame both detuned from about 200 horsepower to 160 they couldn't be more closely matched its Yamahas mt-10 and BMWs s thousand are it was difficult not to be blown away by the MT ten to talk the first time I rode it on the launch with its front wheel really eager to lift about 7000 rpm in second but I had a sneaky feeling it wasn't quite the brute the s thousand R is in the lower part of the range and having ridden them back to back I don't think it is the MT 10 retains a hint of the are ones top-end buyers while the s thousand dollar has everything top-end mid-range and bottom end the detuning has paid off more but that's not even the most impressive thing about the s thousand are what's really impressive is how controllable that aggression Suzuki GSX s thousand has a jerky on/off throttle response it's a pain in the arse and when I said that in my review of it some of you said I was just a bit scared of it I might be but this BMW is to prove that aggressive talk is not the same as on-off talk it will fire you down any straight just as quickly with just as little effort as that Suzuki but it understands if you just need to trickle through a village or around a mini roundabout ten miles an hour the torque develops almost seamlessly for nothing and it's easy to maintain a constant low level this is what a good motorcycle is like it shouldn't be a challenge to ride it anymore than the kettle should offer obstacles to making tea and if you disagree I'll buy you one with a spout curbing the wrong way around you'll like it the mt-10 is not a pain like the GS XS thousand but it's not as refined as the s thousand are both the S thousand are and the MT ten have three riding modes offering a progressively more aggressive throttle response meaning more torque for a given wrist movement the MT 10 is more jerky in its least aggressive setting than the BMW is in its most it's something that wouldn't necessarily be on your mind riding the Yamaha in isolation but it's just highlighted but I go on the BMW like the Yamaha Suika brakes they're not terrible they just don't match the bikes performance elsewhere and the s thousand are cants a brilliant light on that on the BMW you have to recalibrate your hand to the light touch required at times making you glad of the ABS the Yamaha course has ABS too but the lever takes a firmer grip and the field has more in common with wood it will stop the bike very quickly but it's just not in the same league the MT tends crossplane crank in June has a lot of character it's got a bit of a clan can rattle to it but it sounds different special and serious the s thousand R has a more conventional four-cylinder feel and sound that smoothness and it still has a deep inductor apart from some dope in the throttle and angry burble when you shut off use a quick shifter and it makes a really nice pop between each gear change both of these motorcycles handle like this for fun driving they are and have excellent suspension the balls on the s2000 are lower making you lean forward a little bit more and creating more of the sense of a naked sports bike and $1000 with the fairing and clip-ons ripped off there's a sense of sports bike like precision in the steering to the mt-10 feels closer to the typical naked bike upright with the straight bars right in front of you the riding position on the s2000 are is better for bracing yourself against the torque and you feel a little bit more part of the bike possibly helped by the lowest seat I'm 5 foot 9 and I could easily get both feet flat on the ground on the s2000 are but I was on the balls of my feet on the MT 10 the $1,000 seat was softer and more comfortable than the MT tends to and that should make it better for longer journeys but unfortunately the s thousand dollars a bit vibey through the pegs bars a mirrors at motorway speeds just a little bit with its slightly bigger headlight cowling offering a little bit of wind protection the MT 10 is the one I'd rather ride to Lands End on but who chooses a naked bike for that on a warm Dana City the s thousand are hovered at around a hundred degrees while the MT 10 got to 106 at one point the s thousand-dollar feels sometimes bid Li to get into neutral preferring to go down from second and that became annoying when there are lots of traffic lights but on balance its faults are outweighed by its strengths amazingly it's a better all-around motorcycle than the MT 10 as well as a more impressive super naked Yamaha R do optional panniers on at all screen for the MT 10 kind of making it an empty tent racer but you can get nice aftermarket throw over panniers for the BMW if that's what you want as well as a screen and anyway to up touring potential on the MT 10 is going to be limited by its pillion pegs which are ridiculously high but it's not for any of these considerations that the s2000 are wins this test means a better super naked it's the one that I think the average rider likely can exploit more performance from it's not so much a criticism of the Yamaha because that's amazing too as a testament to how good the X thousand dollar is it's got a stronger more usable engine and much better brakes and really that's all you need to know is set a very high bar when it is wrong for two years just happened one there's a lot of great things about the internet it is by no means a bad bike but it's saving grace is I think the way it looks an eye on 160 brake horsepower super naked should not be a shrinking violet it should not be by it just passes by in the street and this certainly doesn't it divides opinion and I think that is a brilliant thing from its out there styling to its Crescent wheels it looks like a transform it looks like it's come from the future and crucially it sounds like it as well you