Yamaha has unveiled three new additions to the range at the EICMA show in Milan. Headlining the trio of new models is a smaller capacity MT model, the MT-07.
Bearing a vary close resemblance to it’s bigger brother, the MT-09, the 07 significantly uses a parallel twin motor instead of the 09’s triple.
The new motor is pushing out 75bhp, and 50ftlb of torque from the 689cc twin, while weighing in at 179kg wet (164kg dry). Yamaha has resorting to its old trick of employing a 270-degree crank, too – giving the parallel twin the character of a V-twin. An A2 licence-compliant version will also be offered via Yamaha dealers.
The UK price is expected to be sub £5,500 – which puts this potentially excellent new addition firmly in Honda’s CB500 territory – but with much more mumbo under the tank, and more aggressive street-focussed styling.
• All-new liquid-cooled 689cc in-line 2-cylinder DOHC 4-stroke
• “Crossplane philosophy” based on 270-degree crank
• Also available in 35kW A2 licence version
• Outstanding fuel efficiency
• Newly designed 6-speed transmission
• 4-valve design with forged pistons and direct plated cylinders
• Offset cylinder design for increased fuel efficiency
• Slim frame with 805mm seat height
Making a return to Yamaha’s range in 2014 (for Europe) is the SR400, first launched in 1978. The air-cooled 4-stroke air-cooled single is being reintroduced to the UK partly to give riders an all-new blank canvass to customize however they see fit.
With one hand Yamaha gives you the modernity of fuel injection, but on the other hand, they omit a starter button. Yes, the only way to get the SR to burp into live is to flip out the kickstart, and give it some welly.
Yamaha claim that this isn’t the drama is used to be with the original SR 400 and 500, and a decompressor and piston position indicator will help the uninitiated to get their technique working from the off.
No word on price yet.
No, it’s not an electric bike, but a new three-wheeled 125cc 4-stroke scooter. While Yamaha unveiled the new trike last night, they’re still describing it as a ‘concept’, but confirmed to MCN that it is in production, and is aimed to arrive in dealers by Summer 2014, at sub-£4,000
See these bikes at Motorcycle Live 2013 NEC Birmingham 23 Nov-01 Dec