I joined this forum shortly after purchasing my MT-10 back in 2016 and I just want to say thankyou to the host, moderators and members, some of which no longer frequent here much like my self. I was however actively involved over the earlier years and in that time I gained a lot of knowledge from some of the more senior and technical people who were often more than willing to go out of their way to assist me with anything and everything from engine tick to radiator and coolant leaks, etc.
I hope in my time here I was also able to assist others through my own experiences with my bike and I would encourage people to continue using these forums as they not only provide an on going source of information for this awesome bike but they also help to create a solid community. In the latter years its often felt a little quiet and that may have a lot to do with the bike being in its 5th year of release. Maybe not a lot of problems going on? probably everyone's just out riding and having fun.
I can safely say that after 5 years of riding my MT-10, the original release of this motorcycle! you can rest assured that for 99.999% of the time it's a trouble free ride and if something does go wrong its likely nothing major and just normal wear and tear - painful as that can feel, especially during covid when getting basic parts can be a pain in the ass
Aside from the ticking issues, some dodgy radiator hoses in the first release of the 10 and the dreaded O-ring gremlin, the wife and I have loaded this beast up (problem free) to maximum payload with tang bag, top boxes, luggage and a whopping 22" Madstad screen and ridden the f....ck out of it. It's been a frick'n blast.
We are sad to see her go but we're looking to get a little further on a tank of fuel now (even though I learned to accept this early on) but mostly we want to start treading off-road, nothing major but looking to divvy it up and we ultimately need more carrying capacity as well.
Not wanting to lose too much in the power/torq band I think I'm going to purchase a KTM Super Adventure S 2021 tomorrow and I'll be trading in my 10.
Knowingly, nothing is perfect but the KTM is the perfect fit, height, power, feel, carrying capacity, fuel tank and range, its just a tad bit vibey though... And in black when I sit on it I feel as close to home as I can get on an adventure bike. We took the KTM out for a test ride and I've ridden the BMW GSA as well and it has to be said, having owned the MT-10 for 5 years has made any upgrade to a different bike feel like a downgrade.
After the earlier years riding my 10 I began to lean towards 2Up touring and with some basic additions this bike proved to be an awesome tourer, clocking 50,000 k's and too many weekends and weeks away to remember. The engine has never ever ever skipped a beat. The ride(s), smooth as butter.
It's a shame that in all this time Yamaha hasn't released something to compete with this range of adventure bikes, otherwise I'd be all over it.
Looking back there were times where I was pissed with Yamaha but ultimately they make a trouble free ride, something that lets you feel safe in the knowledge your not likely to break down in the middle of f...ck knows where. My bike still looks new, no scratches, no new noises and it still runs and sounds as good, if not better than ever before thanks in part to its owner, service schedule, quality build and that last awesome 40,000 service/valve adjustment.
That's enough rambling, thanks again and bye to my loyal good friend, my beast, my MT Ten.
I've been kicking the idea around of moving to something different, had mine since early 2017, but just can't part with it. Graves EVR with 2WDW flash and FTECU auto tune/quick shifter-full on boner machine. Decided to sell the Tracer 900 GT instead. Good luck and enjoy your future bike. I've looked hard at a few KTM's...