Lego releases Yamaha MT-10 SP kit that shifts gears just like the real bike

Lego releases Yamaha MT-10 SP kit that shifts gears via pedal. Photo: Release
Lego releases Yamaha MT-10 SP kit that shifts gears via pedal. Photo: Release

Lego has launched a new large-scale Technic set to recreate the Yamaha MT-10 SP motorcycle. Although impressive in its size and scale, the real trick of this kit isn’t visible once the bike is completed. It’s a transmission that’s pedal-activated, just like on a real motorcycle. The Lego Yamaha MT-10 SP comprises 1,478 pieces and retails for $239.99.

The Yamaha MT-10 SP is one of the leading streetfighters from the Japanese manufacturer. Powered by a 998cc crossplane inline-four engine with 164 horsepower, it begs to be revved to its 11,500 rpm redline, making it one of the most aggressive hypernakeds on the market when it debuted in 2016.

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Today, two-wheelers have as many electronic features as cars, and the MT-10’s 2022 upgrade introduced a six-axis inertial measurement unit, providing rider aids such as lean-sensitive traction control and ABS, slide control, wheel lift control, cruise control, and more.

While the regular MT-10 boasts manually adjustable front and rear suspensions, the pricier SP version uses semi-active electronic Öhlins units. These employ spool-valve dampers instead of a traditional needle valve for enhanced responsiveness and feel, a first for a production motorcycle.

It’s no wonder Lego chose the MT-10 SP to follow its incredible BMW M 1000 RR kit. Both are roughly 1:5 scale, and the Yamaha is only the second in this series, making it a good opportunity to start a collection. When completed, the Yamaha will measure 17.5 inches in length and 9.5 inches in height.

The real kicker for the Yamaha set, however, is a functional transmission. It’s a first for Lego, and likely previews future Lego kits. There are three forward gears plus neutral, unlike the real Yamaha’s six, but they operate just like those on a real bike – first gear down, and the rest up.

The kit is brilliantly designed, with many of the Yamaha’s details captured by Lego pieces. This contrasts with the BMW, which relied on stickers to fill in the details.

Photos: Release

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