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MCN overall verdict rating is 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…


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 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…

Ride and Handling

MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 4

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.


MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

ABS is an optional extra.

Yamaha MT-07 (2014-current)

Detail Value
New price £5,199
Dealer used prices
£4,940 (2014) - £5,490 (2014)
Private used prices
£4,450 (2014) - £4,940 (2014)
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Engine size 689 cc
Power 74 bhp
Top speed 130 mph
  MCN ratings Owners' ratings
Overall rating is 5 rating is 5
Engine rating is 5 rating is 5
Ride & Handling rating is 5 rating is 4
Equipment rating is 4 rating is 5
Quality & Reliability rating is 4 rating is 5
Value rating is 5 rating is 5

Quality and Reliability

MCN rating rating is 4
Owners' rating rating is 5

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


MCN rating rating is 5
Owners' rating rating is 5

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


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Model History

2014: Model introduced

Other Versions

ABS costs an extra £400


Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration secs
Max power 74 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Weight 179 kg
Seat height 805 mm
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 207 miles
Annual road tax
Insurance group of 17
Engine size 689 cc
Engine specification Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame Tubular steel
Front suspension adjustment 41mm forks, non-adjustable
Rear suspension adjustment Monoshock, adjustable spring preload
Front brakes 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

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Owners' Overall Rating rating is 4.5(1 review)

  • Bargain of the Year!


    Average rating rating is 4.5

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    Quality and Reliabilty

    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 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!

    09 April 2014


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 Quit a few  riders are reporting the engine stalling or cutting out,

the demo bike I rode was perfect and I have one on order so we will see.


29 July 2014 12:26




 Managed to get a test ride last weekend at millennium and ordered one as soon as I got back, roll on July when I pick it up



03 May 2014 19:33

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