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Back-to-back test: Yamaha MT-10 vs BMW S1000R review

It’s naked 160hp superbike meets naked 160hp superbike. Stand back. Things could get broken.


Lushman's picture

Great Review, however I have not ridden the S1000R as the local BMW could not get in time for me to ride. However I did ride the GSX-S1000 and I found more wind in your face compared to the MT10. looking at the S1000R i think it would be similar to GSX and this would put me off.

I am happy with my MT10 and have covered 500 miles in the first 2 weeks.

As an s1000r owner this review's more valuable than even the usual fine visordown articles. I'm obviously pleased to see that it's not worth me changing, but I suspect if I wanted to buy fresh I'd be looking at the mt10 first simply because of my fondness for yamahas and the better feel if not performance of that engine. But I also think Yam should make more of a classic roadster - street fighters are great but something less urgent would be better more of the time. So here's hoping an xsr arrives at some point.

HogSpace's picture

Obviously not written by anyone owning a new SuperDuke 1290 R.
180bhp (190 with Akra), 100ft-lbs, 193kg, amazing looks and even better sound.
Total comfort.

I guess if you can't scrape up another 3 or 4 grand for the SD and full titanium Akra it's what you have to do but then you will miss out on the LUDICROUS 50-150mph performance tsunami and all delivered under 10,000rpm.

snagzie's picture

Mate, this is not a reasonable comparison. I'm a big fan of that 1290 (I have an V2 Tuono myself) but this is for a £10k bike not a £14-15k bike.

Admittedly the S1000R is prob nearer £12k if you go for that sport package, but the MT10 seems really good "value" for what you are getting for £10k.

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