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YAMAHA MT-07 (2014-on) Review

Published: 21 March 2014

Light, friendly, punchy, fast, frugal and more fun than it has a right to be

YAMAHA MT-07  (2014-on)

Light, friendly, punchy, fast, frugal and more fun than it has a right to be

  • At a glance
  • 689cc  -  74 bhp
  • 65 mpg  -  207 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • New: £5,199
    Used: £3,700 to £6,500 See all YAMAHA MT-07s for sale

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

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, 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, so costing £5199 it’s simply amazing. And all this from a manufacturer that almost priced its products out of the market just a few years ago…

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

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.

Engine 5 out of 5

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…

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

The build quality seems very high but this is a brand new parallel twin engine so only time will tell.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

Only the Honda CB500 range is cheaper than the MT-07, making it incredible value for money.

Equipment 4 out of 5

ABS is an optional extra.

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2014
Year discontinued -
New price £5,199
Used price £3,700 to £6,500
Warranty term Two year unlimited mileage
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £150
Performance
Max power 74 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 207 miles
Specification
Engine size 689cc
Engine type Four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 179kg
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

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Model introduced

Other versions

ABS costs an extra £400

Owners' Reviews

18 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA MT-07 (2014-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your YAMAHA MT-07 (2014-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 4.4 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.1 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 4.3 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.5 out of 5
Equipment 4.2 out of 5
5 out of 5

03 September 2018 by Strangegoat

Excellent value for money, punchy little bike that is more than the sum of it's parts.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
-
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
No reliability issues but overall finish is not the best and lacks quality, rust soon appears on painted swing arm welds.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
-
Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Mid-life crisis bike

11 March 2018 by Rob

First bike, mid life crisis. Recommended by local dealer. Funny that......

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
It's my first bike, nothing to compare it with.
Engine
5 out of 5
Every time I overtake something I seem to be doing 80+
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Only had 3 months with 400miles on the clock, waiting summer days....
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Who cares, it's a toy!
Equipment
5 out of 5
No comment, basic factory model
Buying experience

First bike, dealer £59500 ex demo with 120 miles on the clock.

4 out of 5

This is just right for me

11 February 2018 by J

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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
Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Only done 2k on the bike but starts on the button each and every time.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Not the best on fuel but I do thrash it around from time to time (well %99.9 of the time)
Equipment
5 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5

Awesome overall package that constantly turns heads in fluo colours

31 May 2017 by Mike H

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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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.
Engine
5 out of 5
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.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Many of the nuts and bolts and exposed aluminium parts seem quick to oxidise, otherwise it's been bullet-proof so far.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
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.
Equipment
4 out of 5
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.

5 out of 5

Good but could be excellent

13 April 2017 by windy wallop

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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
Engine
5 out of 5
Superb, lots of power and torque for me
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
So far so good, no complaints
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Seat and horn lets it down
4 out of 5

Flawed Brilliance

06 February 2017 by Tony G

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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.
Engine
4 out of 5
Torque - Brilliant. Snatchy throttle due to the numpty Eu-emissions fuelling is a pain - hard to make smooth gearchanges in lower gears.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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..
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Too early to tell only had the first service and thats a dealer's flat fee.
Equipment
4 out of 5
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!!!

4 out of 5

05 January 2017 by Magero

Great fun bike, economical, lightweight... suspension can be improved and finish not the best

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
It is a budget bike and suspension is basic - replaced rear shock for aftermarket item and this has much improved the ride quality
Engine
4 out of 5
Great little power plant
Build Quality & Reliability
3 out of 5
Paint on coolant pipes disappeared within months - overall quality of finish I would categorise as average
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
60 plus mpg
Equipment
5 out of 5
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2 out of 5

Problematic MT-07

08 September 2016 by Shax

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
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.
Engine
4 out of 5
The best bit about the bike although does run out of puff at the top end.
Build Quality & Reliability
1 out of 5
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.
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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.
Equipment
2 out of 5
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

5 out of 5

Simply provides what's needed

08 September 2016 by Manxcommuter

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

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Not exceeded 50 miles per journey yet - joy of living on a small island
Engine
5 out of 5
For a 700 twin the engine is a cracker . Good torque & flexibility + ample power when wound up without being intimidating .
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
Finish a bit thin but everything fits as it ought . Thoroughly reliable thus far .
Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
Purchase excellent value - not yet up to service mileage .
Equipment
4 out of 5
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 .

4 out of 5

MT-07

04 June 2016 by Yamifan

A great bike for shorter distances, twisty roads and town riding.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Best for shorter distances due to slightly cramped riding position (I am 5'10). Great handling, good (non ABS) brakes. Very user friendly bike.
Engine
5 out of 5
Great engine, acceleration is brisk when needed, never misses a gear.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Just 12 months old, no probs so far!
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Just coming-up for first annual service. Fuel economy is good.
Equipment
5 out of 5
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.

5 out of 5

Fun and quirky.

26 March 2016 by Greg

Cheaper than the competition. Great fun bike with lots of character, although a bit too quiet but thats Europe's fault not the bike.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Very smooth with fun character. Good strong brakes although it does take a hand full to scrub off speed.
Engine
5 out of 5
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.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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.
Equipment
3 out of 5
Funky starter. Put an Ermax screen on it but that's it really.
Buying experience

Bridge Motorcycles in Exeter, great place

5 out of 5

Best in Class: Yamaha MT-07

09 February 2016 by Roomsy10

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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.
Engine
5 out of 5
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 Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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.
Equipment
5 out of 5
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.

2 out of 5

Sad bike

04 February 2016 by Bikemike 65

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
2 out of 5
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
Engine
2 out of 5
Way too much vibs -believe me ive owned 65 bikes this is not a smooth engine above mid revs.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
3 out of 5
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Equipment
3 out of 5
Taunt handling. Rev counter very hard to read -numbers are way too small to see unless you are stopped!
5 out of 5

Perfect mid range bike

10 November 2015 by JonnyG

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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.
Engine
5 out of 5
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!
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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,
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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).
Equipment
5 out of 5
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.

5 out of 5

The practical hoon machine

02 September 2015 by Charlie

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.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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.
Build Quality & Reliability
4 out of 5
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.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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.
5 out of 5

MT-07 Moto Cage

19 June 2015 by Sg

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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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.
Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
For a budget bike it feels really well put together.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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!!)
Equipment
5 out of 5
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.

5 out of 5

the big grin machine

07 October 2014 by hydie

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)

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
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5 out of 5

Bargain of the Year!

09 April 2014 by greenturbobob

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!

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
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Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
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Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
5 out of 5
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