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.
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…
The build quality seems very high but this is a brand new parallel twin engine so only time will tell.
Only the Honda CB500 range is cheaper than the MT-07, making it incredible value for money.
ABS is an optional extra.