Yamaha USA creates MT-07 flat-track concept

Published: 16 October 2015

Yamaha USA showed off this concept flat-track racer at the AIM Expo motorcycle show in Orlando, Florida which uses the parallel-twin engine from the MT-07.

At the moment the bike, named DT-07 and sprayed up in the 60th anniversary celebration Speedblock paintscheme is only intended to be a one-off concept and was built by US company Jeff Palhegyi Design in cooperation with Yamaha USA’s race department.

The DT-07 features a specially-made and race-tuned version of the 689cc, water-cooled MT-07 engine and has a straight-through exhaust system from Graves Racing.

Keith McCarty, Motorsports Racing Division Manager for Yamaha USA said “When the FZ-07 (Ed: That’s what the bike is called in America) was first introduced, we knew that the bike’s ‘Crossplane Concept’ parallel-twin engine had outstanding low- to mid-range torque, which is ideal for flat track racing.”

 

MT-07 "a great platform for customization"

“Babe Demay’s FZ-07 flat-track creation has already shown huge potential this season, with Dominic Colindres winning his heat race and also finishing fourth at the most recent AMA Pro Flat Track event. Here in Cypress, we’ve been doing some exploration of our own, and the DT-07 Concept is the result. The FZ-07 is a great bike and also a great platform for customization. We wanted to see what we could do with the bike as a flat tracker, and we’re very pleased with the results.”

Yamaha’s press release states: “With its one-piece bodywork resplendent in 60th-Anniversary race livery, the DT-07 features a purpose-built frame, swingarm with an adjustable pivot and link system, modified R6 conventional-style forks, an Ohlins rear shock, wheels by Propulsion Labs, and of course, the FZ-07’s compact, liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, twin-cylinder engine is the focal point of the machine.”

Derek Brooks, Motorcycle Product Planning Manager for Yamaha USA said: “One of our specific goals with the DT-07 was to retain some of the FZ-07’s styling cues. I worked with Jeff Palhegyi on the design of the bike and we literally used the FZ-07’s fuel tank cover as the basis for the body mould on the DT-07 Concept. The entire bike was essentially built from scratch, and it is Yamaha’s interpretation of what a dirt tracker designed from the ground up in 2015 should look like.”

For a full review of the Yamaha MT-07 click here

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