Hallelujah. The Yamaha MT-07 is proof you don’t need big power, expensive suspension or fussy electronics to have fun.
The Yamaha doesn’t have traction control, variable power maps or a ride-by-wire throttle and you know what? It’s all the better for it.
This is a simple motorcycle. It’s an inspired machine, designed cleverly and built impeccably.
It’s one of a rare breed of machine in any class that mixes lightness with an easy to manage engine, making it smooth, fun and easy to ride.
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, Yamaha 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.
And all this from a manufacturer that almost priced its products out of the market just a few years previous…