This holiday season, Santa Claus rode Yamaha’s bespoke 2022 MT-10 SP. (Jeff Allen/)
The holidays are always crunch time for Santa Claus. Keen to ensure a merry Christmas to all kids, Santa traded his 2022 Indian FTR Carbon for a shiny new 2022 MT-10 SP in Liquid Metal/Raven. Santa rode Yamaha this season because his elves read and watched a couple of new motorcycle reviews on the base MT-10 naked bike from the official US press introduction this past summer.
Editor’s note: Get up to speed on the new MT-10 in the Is Yamaha’s 2022 MT-10 the Best Naked Bike in its Class? and 2022 Yamaha MT-10 Review articles and videos
“Overall we like what Yamaha’s done with the ‘22 version of the MT-10,” read his elves aloud to Santa. “We like the styling, we like the R1-based electronics; it’s all a nice step up, especially for track riders,” the article continued.
“So would we pony up $13,999 for this bike? If we were looking for a high-end, liter-class naked, this would be on our shopping list.” This statement sealed the deal for Santa who knows the worth of a dollar.
Still, Santa also has caviar tastes—and Yamaha delivers with its MT-10 SP ($16,899). The SP adds semi-active Öhlins suspension, a painted chin fairing, stainless steel front brake lines, and black clutch and brake levers. The seat cover also features a suede-like material with off-white stitching and the swingarm is polished. Aesthetically, this adds up to a much more tasty MT. The chin fairing especially adds a touch of class and makes it more competitive against European naked bikes.
Twist the right grip and the MT-10 SP excites with its rambunctious powerband. Although this YZF-R1-sourced 998cc CP4-spec inline-four is a tad dated in terms of architecture (its last major overhaul was eight years ago, with subtle durability and ride-by-wire enhancements for the 2020 MY) this engine continues to impress.
Yamaha’s crossplane crankshaft-equipped engine affords a character like no other. At lower rpm, the engine behaves much like a sport V-twin, yet at higher revs, it retains the traditional character of an high-revving inline-four. This gives riders like Santa the best of both worlds. In the sound department, the speaker-like cutouts atop the 4.5-gallon fuel tank emit a rowdy raucousness that makes Santa want to twist the throttle harder.
Speaking of the throttle, another notable improvement that all 2022-and-up MT-10s benefit from is the fresh APSG (Accelerator Position Sensor with Grip) throttle mechanism. This affords more precise throttle response. Like the R1, the MT offers four levels of combined engine power and throttle response. The most aggressive setting (PWR 1) is our favorite. Slide, wheelie, and engine-brake control are all standard features.
But the real news is the fitment of gold Öhlins suspenders. This suspension transforms the SP’s ride quality. It transforms from mild to wild with a push of a button. Considering how many miles Santa needs to cover on his way to the Children’s Hospital of Orange County in Southern California, having a comfy steed is paramount. Santa also values the bright LED headlamps which did a fine job of illuminating the highway after dark. He did say that it would be nice if Yamaha incorporated cornering head beams on a future iteration.
However, of all the features the SP offers, he was most impressed with the function of the least aggressive A-3 suspension setting. This allows the SP to float over bumps and generally improves ride quality, especially on worn-out and broken pavement. Yet it offers pleasing road holding through tighter corners. As always, faster riders can select the A-2 or A-1 settings for a firmer ride, say for trackdays. Equally as pleasing was the firmer brake lever response courtesy of the metal brake lines.
With its powerful and character-rich engine, comfy sport chassis, and slightly sharper brake response, the SP is absolutely worth the $2,900 upcharge versus the standard model. With added refinement and greater attention to detail in the styling department, the MT-10 SP can certainly compete with the finest liter-and-above class naked bikes from Europe.
Helmet: Arai Signet-X
Jacket: Santa Claus Suit
Pant: Santa Claus Suit
Gloves: Racer Guide
Boots: Santa Claus Suit
2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP Technical Specifications and Price
PRICE$16,899ENGINE998cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, inline 4-cylinder; 16 valvesBORE x STROKE79.0 x 50.9mmCOMPRESSION RATIO12.0:1FUEL DELIVERYFuel injection, ride-by-wireCLUTCHWet, multiplate slipper/assistTRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE6-speed/chainFRAMEAluminum
By: Adam Waheed
Title: Santa Claus Rides the 2022 Yamaha MT-10 SP
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/story/news/santa-claus-rides-yamaha-mt-10-sp-review-2022/
Published Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2022 23:58:08 +0000
BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
Written by Barbara Toombs
Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.
Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.
What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.
Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.
Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”
The Arts District
A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.
Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.
18b sign in The Arts District.
In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.
Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.
At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000
2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.
K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000
From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
The Honda CBX 1000 was only in production for four years, but that was enough time for it to leave a lasting impression on the motorcycle industry. First released it in 1978 as a screaming six-cylinder naked superbike, it later faced stiff competition from its stablemate—the equally iconic CB900F. So the Japanese marque redesigned it as a sport tourer, halfway through its tenure.
The updated ‘CBX-B’ had a touring fairing, optional panniers, and Honda’s new-at-the-time Pro-Link mono-shock setup. It was a hair less powerful than before, but that didn’t stop it from becoming a legend in its own right. If you park a CBX and CBX-B next to each other, you could argue that the latter has more presence.
It’s that mystique that prompted the owner of this 1982 Honda CBX 1000 Pro-Link to buy it. Enamored with the fusion of modern technology and ancient traditions found in Japanese cities like Tokyo and Kyoto, he was on the hunt for a classic motorcycle that embodied that philosophy. When he found the CBX, the sheer brutalism of its six-cylinder engine was impossible to ignore.
“In the eyes of this enthusiast, the engine wasn’t just a mechanical marvel; it was the soul of the motorcycle, much like the heart in a human body,” says Tiago Gonçalves, founder of the Portuguese custom shop, Unik Edition. “This revelation laid the foundation for a transformative project, one that would honor the motorcycle’s origins while infusing it with a new identity.”
By: Wesley Reyneke
Title: From Hamamatsu to Lisbon: A Honda CBX 1000 restomod by Unik Edition
Sourced From: www.bikeexif.com/honda-cbx-1000-restomod
Published Date: Sat, 28 Oct 2023 16:34:54 +0000
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