YAMAHA MT-07 (2014-on) Review

Published: 21 March 2014

Light, friendly, punchy, fast, frugal and more fun than it has a right to be

YAMAHA MT-07  (2014-on)

Light, friendly, punchy, fast, frugal and more fun than it has a right to be

  • At a glance
  • 689cc  -  74 bhp
  • 65 mpg  -  207 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • £5,199

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

What a surprise the MT-07 is. It’s light, friendly, punchy, fast, frugal and more fun than it has a right to be. We reckon for everyday use and shorter-distance riding it’s actually better than the bigger, more expensive, MT-09. It’s such a superb performer and well built, the MT-07 would still knock us sideways if it was a grand more expensive, so costing £5199 it’s simply amazing. And all this from a manufacturer that almost priced its products out of the market just a few years ago…

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

Weighing just 179kg fuelled and ready to go, it’s hard to believe the MT-07 has a steel frame and swingarm. That lack of weight makes the Yamaha easy to manage at low speed, maximizes braking performance, improves agility on the move and generally makes the MT-07 simple to ride, especially when matched to such a friendly engine. The lower mass helps fuel economy, too, so despite having a small 14-litre tank, Yamaha claims it can squeeze 207 miles between filling stations. And you’ll be comfortable for all those miles, too. The riding position is natural, the bars are an easy reach and the foot pegs don’t hurt knees.

Engine 5 out of 5

The new parallel twin engine is docile, friendly and won’t scare the less experienced. It’s smooth, easy to meter-out the power and purrs along at 70mph at 5000rpm. It’s not an engine to pull your arms out of your sockets and at high speed it starts to get breathless, but there’s more than enough oomph to have sub-80mph fun. But here’s the amazing thing, crack the throttle and the MT-07 will wheelie up in second gear, the smooth throttle response being so predictable you can then leave the front hanging up in the air for as long as you want. Yamaha didn’t design the MT-07 to be wheelied everywhere, but it is very, very, good at it…

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The build quality seems very high but this is a brand new parallel twin engine so only time will tell.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

Only the Honda CB500 range is cheaper than the MT-07, making it incredible value for money.

Equipment 4 out of 5

ABS is an optional extra.

Owners' Reviews

2 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA MT-07 (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

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Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4.5 out of 5
5 out of 5

the big grin machine

07 October 2014 by hydie

After receiving permission to return to biking after a 20year absence the MT-07 was the right bike at the right time (worth the 6 week wait for delivery)for the right price (not much more than the cost of a decent used bike for a brand new... Read more machine) In 2 months I've put 2.5k miles on her and loved every minute, confidence inspiring punchy fun in the twisties and plenty of pull for any overtakes. Seat is evil after 100m (comfort seat option) Range 150m @63mpg (cant seem to squeeze more than 10 litres in though) Exhaust is quiet (aftermarket options)

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 4 out of 5
5 out of 5

Bargain of the Year!

09 April 2014 by greenturbobob

I have had my MT07 for just over a month now and i absolutley love it! The engine is punchy, smooth, flexible and sounds good when moving. It has enough power to please on the roads of North Wales. The chassis is good but it can get flustered mid... Read more corner if you hit a pot hole or cat eyes, otherwise its a real hoot to ride. Travelling at 70mph to work i get a solid 65mpg!! Even when you are of the main roads and on the twistys you wont see less than mid 50's. This is my 30th bike in the last 22 years of motorcycling and its one of the best for real world riding. If you buy one you wont regret it. If you test ride one, you will probably end up buying it!

Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 5 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5
Read all 2 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £5,199
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £80
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 74 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 207 miles
Specification
Engine size 689cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 179kg
Front suspension 41mm forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension Monoshock, adjustable spring preload
Front brake 2x282mm petal discs. Four-piston monobloc calipers
Rear brake 1x245mm petal disc, Single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70ZR17
Rear tyre size 180/55ZR17

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

ABS costs an extra £400

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