YAMAHA MT-07 (2014 - 2018) Review
At a glance
|Owners' reliability rating:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£440|
Overall ratingNext up: Ride & brakes
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…
This version of the Yamaha MT-07 was replaced in 2018.
Ride quality & brakesNext up: Engine
Weighing just 179kg fuelled and ready to go, it’s hard to believe the MT-07 has a lower-cost steel frame and swingarm, rather than aluminium.
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.
Non-adjustable right-way-up 41mm forks are chosen to keep costs and weight down and a horizontally-mounted preload adjustable single shock with a progressive link lives at the rear.
The rear suspension is bolted to the back of the engine, leaving the frame to be made as simple and light as possible. The MT-07 has 49/51 front/rear weight distribution, 25mm lower centre of gravity than the Yamaha XJ6 and a 400mm shorter wheelbase.
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.
EngineNext up: Reliability
The new for this model 689cc 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.
The MT-07's engine is all about smooth, easy power and torque, which they call their ‘Crossplane Philosophy’, hence the ‘CP2’ stamped on the right engine case. It has a 270° crankshaft to give it feel of a V-twin, a lightweight balance shaft for smoothness and an off-set (desaxe) cylinder design for less internal friction, more power and improved fuel economy. It’s 7kg lighter than Yamaha’s inline four-cylinder XJ6 motor.
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…
Reliability & build qualityNext up: Value
The build quality of the Yamaha MT-07 is high and they are reliable machines if properly looked after.
The long-term test MT-07 that MCN used in 2015 held up to the winter reasonably well without a particularly thorough anti-corrosion regime but spots of rust did appear here and there.
Value vs rivalsNext up: Equipment
Only the Honda CB500 range is cheaper than the MT-07, making it incredible value for money.
Unlike its MT-09 bigger brother, the MT-07 doesn’t have a ride-by-wire throttle, or variable riding maps. It doesn’t even have traction control, but there is an ABS version, which adds 3kg to the all-up weight.
We say the lack of riding aids is a breath of fresh air. The throttle response is predictable, the power delivery smooth and TC is more of a track gizmo, anyway. The MT-07 is straightforward, simple and fun.
|Engine type||Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin|
|Frame type||Tubular steel|
|Fuel capacity||14 litres|
|Front suspension||41mm forks, non-adjustable|
|Rear suspension||Monoshock, adjustable spring preload|
|Front brake||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|
Mpg, costs & insurance
|Average fuel consumption||65 mpg|
|Annual road tax||£96|
|Annual service cost||£440|
|Used price||£4,000 - £7,000|
How much to insure?
|Warranty term||Two year unlimited mileage|
Top speed & performance
|Max power||74 bhp|
|Max torque||50 ft-lb|
|Top speed||130 mph|
|1/4 mile acceleration||-|
|Tank range||207 miles|
Model history & versions
2014: Model introduced
- Yamaha MT-125 review (2014-on)
- Yamaha MT-01 review
- Yamaha MT-03 review (2006-2016)
- Yamaha MT-03 review (2016-on)
- Yamaha MT-07 review (2018-on)
- Yamaha MT-09 review (2013-on)
- Yamaha MT-09 SR review (2014-on)
- Yamaha MT-09 SP review (2018-on)
- Yamaha MT-09 Tracer review (2015-2018)
- Yamaha MT-10 review (2016-on)
- Yamaha MT-10 SP review (2017-on)
Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA MT-07 (2014 - 2018)
31 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA MT-07 (2014 - 2018) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.
Summary of owners' reviews
|Ride quality & brakes:|
|Reliability & build quality:|
|Value vs rivals:|
|Annual servicing cost:||£440|
Annual servicing cost: £75
Excellent first big bike , easy to ride , great all rounder. Only issue is the suspension, not the best when pushed.
Great engine1st gear a bit clunky, Really pulls out of slow corners.just let down a little with suspension.
Some rust issues on other bikes but mine is absolutely mint . Maybe it's how you look after them.
Cheap to service.
The looks if the bike are great. Just get an exhaust swap, tail tidy and screen.
Buying experience: From a dealer £4400, paid £4300.
Annual servicing cost: £120
Once you put an after market exhaust, bike totally changed its character. Stock suspension is the only let down
I can ride it all day, for context I’m 5ft 11 with a trouser measurement (instep) of 32 inches. Best for nipping around as it’s so light
Torque is good, tops out at 115ish... Not the best when out with bigger bikes or 600cc sport bikes
Slight corrosion on swing arm, starter switch is a common problem
Buying experience: Privately, immaculate bike with 6000 miles for jus over 4k
Beautiful bike to ride responsive power when I need it.
Oxford handle grip heater works very well.
Buying experience: Bought from a dealer £5400 paid full price as loved the bike
Annual servicing cost: £140
Best feature is the parallel twin engine. Worst feature is the stock suspension. Upgrade this first and you have great fun bike.
Great value all round bike, can do150 mile day with a quick mate (XSR700). We can blow away most stuff on A/B roads. Not enough bite in the brakes for me and will be upgrading to sintered pads at the next service. If thats not enough braided lines may help?
Great little torquey engine with the power in the mid-range where you need it for the road.
Have to keep on top of rust issues, touched up the swingarm 3 times in 3 years. No issues with reliability, this is a great value bike.
Stick an aftermarket exhaust on for better sound, performance and asthetics. Stock tyres are okay but I upgraded to Battlax BT016s for a slightly sportier feel with the detrimental effect of shorter life span.
Buying experience: I paid £5800 in 2017 for an ex-demo model with 600 miles. This included a Yamaha screen and Akraprovich exhaust.
Version: None ABS model
Well known issue with front forks when bike is ridden hard easy fix Ohlin spring and spacer, rear shock can be changed for Ohlin total cost £700.
Bike performance is excellent one up , a bit cramped two up, brakes good ,excellent with EBC HH , single rider ok for 200 miles, two up 60 miles depending on size of pillion
For real time riding , engine is a Jem , the only thing to remember is the 24,000 mile valve check, mine needed adjustment to four exhaust and two inlet valves, this service cost £400 my next big service was done at 45,500 mile, with air filter and plugs £375 no adjustments needed to valves .
Cooling pipes finish is poor quality, and swinging arm paint along weld seam , I had my cooling pipes and swing arm replaced under warranty, when these new parts arrived I had them powder coated , then fitted under warranty.
While bike under warranty bike was serviced by dealer, over first 2 year £300 not including tyres, after warranty this can be reduced to £40 for oil change and filter easy DIY, plugs will easily do 18,000 miles main service at 24,000 and 48,000 dealer serviced
Equipment is adequate, you have a option to change to KPH for EU riding, Head light a little weak , I have fitted led H4 fitting .
Buying experience: I purchased my MTO7 from Dudley motor cycles, from new at a cost £5200 this was one of the last none ABS bikes available, I sauced this through Yamaha as I wanted a none ABS model , very good buying experience with this dealer
Annual servicing cost: £5,000
Nice and easy to handle as light and relatively low. On the move handles very securely and very flickable
Can ride for a few hours before needing a stretch Good all rounder but if I was a regular distance rider I’d suggest the Tracer verdion
Responsive sounds good and surprisingly economical with 55 mpg ridden with gusto
Mechanically very reliable although Yamaha heated grips had to be changed under warranty due to water ingress. OEM Bridgestone tyres didn’t inspire confidence in Autumn and Winter weather
Don’t like electronic extras do basic bike was spot on. Ride all year round so heated grips a must and swapped to Pirelli gt2 tyres
Buying experience: Bought new off Tamworth Yamaha who PX’d my previous bike and got low 3% pcp deal paid 6700 with grips and had rad guard and changed pegs to gilles
Annual servicing cost: £180
The engine is amazing, the price is unbelievable but the suspension on 2017 bike is only adequate
Buying experience: Dealer at advertised price
Annual servicing cost: £120
Does everything I require of it and does it well.
Pulls like train.
No problems at all.
A charging point as standard would have been good. Also let's have an option of an enclosed chain.
Buying experience: Yes happy with the experience
Annual servicing cost: £100
Utterly engaging, reliable, economical and fun.
Brakes 5 out of 5. Ride 4, it’s been on a Nitron shock for most of its life.
Lively and engaging.
Only one issue I’ve had, the starter solenoid packed up when it was 6 months old. Replaced under warranty.
DIY serviced, access to the top of the engine is a bit fiddly and to take the swinging arm out takes some setting up.
Dash is fine but there isn’t much else.
Buying experience: Brought privately about 6 moths old and about 1500 miles.
Annual servicing cost: £120
Great engine slightly dubious suspension and build quality
Decent all round bike used for commuting and a weekend blast. Lively and torquey engine is its best point however suspension is weak and front brake lacks bite although its functional.
This is the best feature of this bike. The engine is lively and punchy and great fun. It suits this nimble lightweight bike to a tee and I love it. On the negative side the engine braking is overstated and the throttle is twitchy from the off. However, I have added a modification (explained later) to combat this.
Swinging Arm especially prone to rust and generally paint work is poor in that its thin on coats.
Cheap and cheerful bike to run and maintain
Have added a Rapid Bike Easy modulator to smooth flat spots across the rev range. But mainly to reduce enginer braking and throttle response which is a bit eratic. Basically it makes for a much smoother ride at £150. Would also like to see some optional modes on the bike especially a sport mode as with its bigger bother the MT10.
Buying experience: I bought the bike as a demostrator from Ian Bell in Northumberland with 600 miles on. I paid £5800 but this included an Akraproviac exhaust and Yamaha fly screen. Dealer wanted £5300 without these and the RRP for the bike as standard was £6300 I believe.
Brilliant all round bike does everything you want
Annual servicing cost: £200
Great bike to ride and own Worst thing Yama Rust on Swing Arm
very easy to ride and handle very good all round first big bike
vary economical to run and own
Shame about Yama Rust on Swing Arm
For first service but can vary from dealer to dealer
Buying experience: I brought my bike from main dealer ex demo only 285 miles on clock when I got it ....good all round experience
Annual servicing cost: £150
Fantastic bike, good power and torque but lacks on additionals.
Good fun just lacking something...
Solid powerful engine!
Good solid engine no problems/issues
Cheap to service and reasonable price to buy
No real equipment on bike
Buying experience: Fowlers Motorcycles
Excellent value for money, punchy little bike that is more than the sum of it's parts.
No reliability issues but overall finish is not the best and lacks quality, rust soon appears on painted swing arm welds.
Annual servicing cost: £100
First bike, mid life crisis. Recommended by local dealer. Funny that......
It's my first bike, nothing to compare it with.
Every time I overtake something I seem to be doing 80+
Only had 3 months with 400miles on the clock, waiting summer days....
Who cares, it's a toy!
No comment, basic factory model
Buying experience: First bike, dealer £59500 ex demo with 120 miles on the clock.
Well let me start like this. I’m a bike trader and took the MT-07 in as a trade. So being the only bike I had for sale it became my day-to-day transport. What a bike plenty of power round town bit crap on the motorway but will do 125mph witch ain’t nice on a up right bike anyway. Have owned loads of big bikes; R1, Superduke on and on, but this is just right for me. I also have a 09 now with the intention of selling the 07, but the 07 is way more fun. Down side is the ABS kicks in to early and can sometimes deprive you of brakes. Way to sensitive . The suspension starts to misbehave when giving the bike some stick (not to much of a problem) otherwise a brilliant bike.
Just brakes and suspension can be improved but if your not planning to race it in the Isle of Man I don’t think it’s a problem
Only done 2k on the bike but starts on the button each and every time.
Not the best on fuel but I do thrash it around from time to time (well %99.9 of the time)
Engine is brilliant nice and torquey. Have the akrapovic titanium on and sounds amazing. It’s a must have as the tail tidy is also a must have extra. The sound Reminds me of the ktm 690 I had.
Version: MT-07 ABS
Annual servicing cost: £90
Fantastic overall package, looks great and always earns compliments. I've found this bike really punches above it's weight and mixes looks, road presence and performance with bikes of all sizes. I think this is a classic example of a genius design, where the sum is so much greater than its individual parts. The biggest downside really is where do I go from here; other bikes (including bigger bikes) look boring in the flesh by comparison or they're double the price. In fact so much so, that I'm considering getting a second bike as well (albeit much older) as I'm seriously struggling to justify letting this go!
I can happily spend 2-3 hours in the saddle before I really need to stop. With regular stops you can ride all day. I haven't had a pillion on the back yet but to be fair would get a different bike if that were a regular requirement. It's just a good all-round but still very fun bike. The brakes are strong but the ABS can sometimes cut in too easily.
The best part of the bike is the engine as it gives the bike it's character. There's a very flat and wide torque range for a bike of this size and it easily keeps up with larger bikes. Having worked in a Harley dealership, this engine with it's offset firing order competes for character once you are on board, and with the Akrapovic system gives the bike a really good sound on and off the throttle; there's enough volume without being in-yer-face too.
Many of the nuts and bolts and exposed aluminium parts seem quick to oxidise, otherwise it's been bullet-proof so far.
Very cheap to run and service, if you're happy to research there are plenty of accessories available but a lot of the genuine accessories are expensive. Even if ridden sensibly the tank range seems less than claimed and also most other bikes.
Good sports touring tyres as standard from new (Battlax's). Good clear instrument panel and easy to use interface; no rider modes but I like the simplicity. I fitted a tank bag as there's less storage space than most 125's otherwise, but again that's not in the bikes standard character. That said I would have no reservations in fitting some panniers and riding round Europe; it wouldn't be as comfortable as a massive tourer but it would be more fun once on the good roads - just a different mixture.
Buying experience: Bought new from a Yamaha dealer as they are so competitively priced, otherwise I would have bought something used. They shift so many of these that it was very painless experience and I could choose a colour from bikes already in stock, with more arriving constantly. If I had the money at the time I would have bought my exhaust, tank bag and other bits at the same time to give me more leverage on discount.
Does all that I want from a bike apart from two things. 1st the seat is awful and very uncomfortable, for me anyway. 2nd, though I don't use it much the horn button is in the wrong place compared to every other bike in the world. Minor thing but that split second trying to locate the button could cost you dearly in traffic.
Once the rear shock was stiffened slightly the ride improved a lot. Brakes were ok but have fitted better pads and brake lines and the difference is very noticable
Superb, lots of power and torque for me
So far so good, no complaints
I'm a truck driver so ride economically and get 65-75 mpg and have done 230 miles on a single tank but that was pushing it.
Seat and horn lets it down
Pros: Fun Factor Cons: Handling and brakes to a lesser extent I've had approx 30 bikes from a 70's Jota to RD400s - sturdy z 650's, hairy H1's to the oddly tedious CB1300sa. I fell in love with the MT for one simple reason; it put the fun back into motorcycling for me. Its not a great machine, but it is simply great fun. If that sounds contradictory - imagine your mad mongrel dog - it isnt going to win any competitions, but it makes you smile and happy and you love it. And thats the MT. Barking, hooliganesque but easyenough to always want to pop down the shope to get some milk... even when the fridge is full.
Seat gives you a bit of an ache after an hour or so... but thats not what this bike is about, if you want a tourer - get a tourer. Brakes and as postive as I'd perhaps like, but coming from a CB1300sa I'm more used to the Massive Honda stopping power.
Torque - Brilliant. Snatchy throttle due to the numpty Eu-emissions fuelling is a pain - hard to make smooth gearchanges in lower gears.
Get on - ride - Grin - act twenty years younger than I am - get off - rinse & repeat. Check it to adjust, clean, tinker... put tools away and go for another ride..
Too early to tell only had the first service and thats a dealer's flat fee.
Bit spartan - but it is what it is.
Buying experience: Went to a dealer 60km outside my own town as the service I initially got was dreadful - uninterested, rude, surly.. and my test ride was on a bike they'd already sold to someone - without his knowledge. Next dealer was polite, helpful and threw in all registration and admin charges free - even changed the colour of the bike - ordered new tank panels especially. Brilliant guys. Really pays to shop around!!!
Annual servicing cost: £195
Great fun bike, economical, lightweight... suspension can be improved and finish not the best
It is a budget bike and suspension is basic - replaced rear shock for aftermarket item and this has much improved the ride quality
Great little power plant
Paint on coolant pipes disappeared within months - overall quality of finish I would categorise as average
60 plus mpg
Annual servicing cost: £180
I have had a number of problems with MT07, mainly due to the build quality and service provided by the dealer and Yamaha. The welding on the frame had not had the slack removed and this came off shortly after purchasing the bike, leaving bare metal. Yamaha and the dealer eventually agreed to repaint that part of the frame but unfortunately after 3 attempts could not match the paint. The right side of the frame does not match the left hand side. The second problem I occurred is corrosion, the finish on this back is the worse I have owned in over 20 years. The swingarm, mainly under the chain guard but also near the chain adjusters, bar ends, water hoses, calliper bolts have all corroded and this is after just 2500 miles and I do not ride in winter. I can accept that things can go wrong but having waited over 8 weeks for a warranty decision with me having to constantly chase them up the service the dealer and Yamaha offer is nothing short of appalling. One of the reasons given for the delay was that Yamaha only have 1 person who signs of warranty claims and was on holiday which I found unbelievable. I have now decided to sell the bike and cut my losses, first and last Yamaha I will buy.
Brakes are poor and I changed the pads which improves them but would also recommend braided hoses. The front is to soft and the rear shock is pretty poor although not as bad as some people report.
The best bit about the bike although does run out of puff at the top end.
Build quality is the worse of any bike I have owned in over 20 years and will never buy a Yamaha again. It is clear this is the area they are saving money on.
Does about 55mpg although insurance is more than a street triple for some reason. Obviously due to the corrosion issues this will mean the bikes will start to depreciate pretty rapidly especially when Yamaha don't even care.
The horn button is in the wrong place and when going to press it you end up hitting the indicator. I personally think this is a very dangerous as on a number of occasions when cars have pulled out I have missed the horn.
Buying experience: Dealer
Simply provides what's needed. No rider modes to confuse, ample power & comfortable now that I have lowered foot pegs & put heavier bar end weight on nearside. Highly recommended
Not exceeded 50 miles per journey yet - joy of living on a small island
For a 700 twin the engine is a cracker . Good torque & flexibility + ample power when wound up without being intimidating .
Finish a bit thin but everything fits as it ought . Thoroughly reliable thus far .
Purchase excellent value - not yet up to service mileage .
Engine bars allow good fitting of auxiliary lights & promise effective protection in a spill . Touring screen provides stylish protection at a reasonable price .
Buying experience: Brand new at list price - good dealer support .
A great bike for shorter distances, twisty roads and town riding.
Best for shorter distances due to slightly cramped riding position (I am 5'10). Great handling, good (non ABS) brakes. Very user friendly bike.
Great engine, acceleration is brisk when needed, never misses a gear.
Just 12 months old, no probs so far!
Just coming-up for first annual service. Fuel economy is good.
Fitted a small screen when bought on the advice of the salesman who commuted 80 miles a day. Well worth the money! Everything else works well on this bike
Buying experience: Bought from Bridge in Exeter. This dealership has much improved in the last few years.
Version: non abs
Annual servicing cost: £180
Cheaper than the competition. Great fun bike with lots of character, although a bit too quiet but thats Europe's fault not the bike.
Very smooth with fun character. Good strong brakes although it does take a hand full to scrub off speed.
Had a Street Triple before this and the little MT does everything that could but cheaper. This will happily pop a wheely, torque coming out of bends is great.
Now 2 years old my bike has whitening on a few bits due to road salt. Plastics by your legs can't take too much rubbing so recommend protectors for that area. Other than that modern day Japanese quality.
65 mpg. Low weight so doesn't kill tyres also due to the way it handles you spend a lot of your time searching out the twisty roads.
Funky starter. Put an Ermax screen on it but that's it really.
Buying experience: Bridge Motorcycles in Exeter, great place
Owned this bike for a year now and never fail to have a smile on my face when I ride it. It's light and nimble but with enough grunt to have fun, no matter what the reason for the journey. Of course it gets overtaken by wannabe John McGuinness's on their built-for-it sportbikes, but it's not designed to compete with them. It's a "ride anywhere and enjoy it every time" kind of bike - and at THAT it excels. I would recommend this bike to anyone, new, old, inexperienced, experienced.
The ride cannot really be faulted. Ignoring the pure fun of the thing for just a minute, the riding position is comfortable with the padded seat stopping the inevitable numbness on everything apart the longest journeys. Ride it to work. Ride it for fun. Ride sedately or chuck into corners on twisties - it doesn't really matter because the bike can handle whatever you throw at it. It makes for an awesome commuter bike as well as a machine to play about on during the weekend. I'm 6'2 and can happily ride for miles on it without any issue.
Power output is predictable, in a good way. The throttle is smooth, though because of the responsiveness of the engine, the bike will give you a nudge if you're snappy with the right hand. You could argue for a higher top end, though not sure why. Apart form anything, it's a naked bike so wind resistance is a bit self-limiting anyway. If you want brutal TT-esque speed, buy a sportbike
Build is solid and functional. No problems with any of the equipment, no failures or issues. The bike has been (and continues to be) the epitome of reliability.
Servicing costs obviously vary from place to place and from mileage level. I've found these costs to be about the norm, in no way extortionate.
Favourite feature? It's a no frills bike so it's not littered with tricks and gimmicks. However, I do find the gear indicator extremely useful. Used as a quick reference, just helps when coming into a corner or junction, roundabout etc. Other reviews have claimed the digital display is too low and that "you have to take you eyes off the road in order to look at it". I find this sort of comment mind-blowing - when I check the speed when in my car, my eyes are on the speed display, NOT the road!! Anyway, a quick flick down with your eyes is all you need to check everything from gear, to speed, to fuel and even rpm.
Buying experience: Bought mine from a local dealer called 5-Ways in Hull who were absolutely superb, highly recommend using them. Paid the asking price but deal was sweetened with clothing vouchers.
The seat is terrible -way too soft. Im 5'9" and my bum was on the hard plastic and badge between the 2 levels -ouch. This is a 10mt seat=ok if you are 8 stone or less. The seat is at least 30-50mm too low and the footpegs need to go down 1/2 inch as well. The gear change lever is an inch too short for size 11 boots. Would suit a light ,short person, with very long arms. Bars are quite a stretch for this 5'9'' rider. Need 2" more pull back. The engine has good mid range power -around 5,000 RPM but above 7 the vibes are bad .The power above 6,000RPM is all but useless due to increasingly worse vibes. I doubt this bike had anything like 72 Hp -maybe 50? Seems similar to my old Suzkui DR650 which had 43hp. Handling is taunt but the rear is too firm and kicks you in the butt over small to moderate bumps. It can be adjusted so thats good it will need to get backed off to make it comfortable. Above 55mph the wind blast is not acceptable-it seriously needs a fairing as standard. You can get a fly screen for $200 extra -rip off! Seat is a shocker. Good for short sprints around twisty country roads with very good smooth surfaces. NO good for cruising unless you are Captain slow.
THe salesman described it as RAW-he was right. Yamaha have at least 5 things to fix -NOW . Seat, bars, gear lever,engine vibs, screen. Buy a CB500 or Suzuki Gladius or Wee Strom -much better bikes
Way too much vibs -believe me ive owned 65 bikes this is not a smooth engine above mid revs.
Taunt handling. Rev counter very hard to read -numbers are way too small to see unless you are stopped!
Version: Non ABS
Annual servicing cost: £130
One of the best features, if not the best, is fuel economy. I'm getting around 65mpg(UK) whether I poodle around or go for a blast. The suspension is a little bouncy until you set the rear to a higher setting (2 down from hardest for me), but once that's done it takes a while to learn to trust the bike around corners but once you give it your trust it will not let you down it really does head where you point it unless you hit a pot hole or cat eye then it will give you a little moan but will shake it off and carry on.
The bike is at it's best either commuting or fun rides out as it takes it all in it's stride. Very easy to weave through or around traffic, more than enough acceleration to get away from the traffic lights way ahead of any cars and motorways are fine if you keep below 80 ish but a fairing will sort that out. 60/65mpg never below 60 even thrashing it around. I haven't carries a pillion so can't help there. I've regularly ridden for over 2 hours during the summer months and found it very comfortable only stopping for a ciggie or some chips! Brakes are fine for a light weight bike, front's giving more than enough grip to bring you to a standstill in little distance. The rear is very snatchy and will lock up quiet easily, I readjusted the brake pedal down approx: 1" and found that to be better as you don't need to lift your foot of the peg I have more pressure control of the rear brake now.
Power delivery is slightly sluggish below 3k in any gear 3rd up. The bike will moan and puff but will pull, above 3 things get a lot better and from 5k to 8k it's just pure torque all the way. Pulling away from stand a still should be done with great care and gentleness otherwise you will find yourself pointing skyward in 1st and 2nd gears, and if you haven't learn by then you'll find 3rd is still trying to buck you off. You tend to automatically lean forward once the above has happened to you but if your prepared and expecting the front to raise it's very controllable even if a little scary, once you've mastered the control it feels fantastic!
The MT-07 is very nicely put together my only gripe being the rear seat is slightly lose but not a big deal. No rust as of yet and, yes, I ride in all weathers apart from slow! I smother it in AC-50 which helps a great deal I think. No parts have failed and it starts first time even on the freezing winter mornings and it's not garaged just left under a cover. I also added some front gators just to protect the forks from stone chips and road salt,
Just oil and filter changes, I let the garage do this as it's not to bad a price and I know it's done correctly (I hope).
For the price it's got all the necessary parts as standard, a very nice LED read out with 2 x trip counters, average mpg, instant mpg, automatic reserve mile counter, engine temp, environment temp, rev counter, clock and a gear indicator! Mine came with Michelin Pilot3 tyres. You really don't need to add much to the standard bike if you just intend to commute or just fun rides out. But there are so many add on parts why not add on some extra's! A decent exhaust, fly screen, front fender extender, rear hugger wouldn't hurt and won't brake the bank but will make your bike that little more your baby! I've added just about everything you could add as I'm hoping to keep her for quiet some time.
Buying experience: Bought mine from The Motorbike shop in Farnborough, absolutely hassle free, they gave me a great price on my 2005 FZ1 and the deal was completed in 3 days, perfect. I paid £5399 and was offered the ABS model for £5799 but I prefer the non ABS and I'm a tight bugger.
If you haven't bought one yet you're wasting time. Can and will please any audience regardless of experience. Serves just about every purpose you can dream up. Fun and capable on track, excels down the back roads, excellent commuter.
Coming from a 125 it was an intimidating step up, one that might have ended badly if it wasn't for this incredibly user friendly, engaging engine.
It's built very well considering the price but there have been a few bits I wasn't too impressed with. One being a material defect of the sump case, when I changed the oil, the casing cracked. Yamaha repaired it on warranty though so not much harm done.
I was very tempted to give it a 5 purely because it's so cheap so they have to budget somewhere. The OEM equipment is perfectly reasonable but there is serious room for improvement on the suspension. I'm installing Ohlins springs and rear shock soon and I hear it transforms the bike. The exhaust is also dismally quiet and doesn't do the engine justice. I thoroughly recommend the Zard, phenomenal sound. Other than that everything is stellar.
Version: Moto Cage
Going from a CBF125 for about 2 months and going straight onto this MT-07 as my first bike was a daunting task. Having said that after being on the bike for a while, I found like all the others (youtube, MCN reviews) that the throttle is very forgiving, and the riding position is nigh-on perfect. I use the bike to commute and agility was the key thing that I was looking for. And after a long hard think I went for an MT over a supersport, to give me the riding experience I needed, and looking back I'm glad I did, as the MT-07 has been a whole lot of joy! My only criticism of the bike, and that may not be the bike's fault, more the EU regs etc, is how quiet the bike is standard. No-one can hear you coming, and soon after I invested in an aftermarket SC Project exhaust and am loving it!
Like many have said the rear suspension is a little wayward, and I have to agree. On the other hand it is a budget bike and I can't really complain. Some have recommended a Nitron shock upgrade, but I'm happy with stock at the moment.
For a budget bike it feels really well put together.
Compared to my 125, this is awful, but having said that I use a tank a week, and I get around 125 miles before needed to fill up again (I don't know where the MCN review got 207 miles!!)
For a sub 6k bike new, there is a lot of kit that many other bikes have. I am a massive fan of the LCD on the MT-07, so much info.
Buying experience: You can always haggle at the right time of year, and if you don't ask, you don't get.
After receiving permission to return to biking after a 20year absence the MT-07 was the right bike at the right time (worth the 6 week wait for delivery)for the right price (not much more than the cost of a decent used bike for a brand new machine) In 2 months I've put 2.5k miles on her and loved every minute, confidence inspiring punchy fun in the twisties and plenty of pull for any overtakes. Seat is evil after 100m (comfort seat option) Range 150m @63mpg (cant seem to squeeze more than 10 litres in though) Exhaust is quiet (aftermarket options)
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!