YAMAHA MT-07 (2018 - on) Review

At a glance

Owners' reliability rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £600
Power: 74 bhp
Seat height: Medium (31.7 in / 805 mm)
Weight: Medium (401 lbs / 182 kg)

Prices

New £6,349
Used £4,800 - £6,400

Overall rating

Next up: Ride & brakes
4 out of 5 (4/5)

As much as we all loved the original Yamaha MT-07, it did have its flaws, mainly in the suspension department. For many it was too soft and underdamped, and while most owners over-looked the handling issues it caused and simply rode around the problem, Yamaha took customer feedback on-board and for 2018 have addressed the issue. 

Weighing just 182kg, the MT-07 is still blissfully light and manageable around town, yet equally just at home chasing up mountain passes or happy enough to loft the front wheel or scrape its pegs on an apex.

New suspension gives more control and freedback, which in-turn gives the rider more confidence at speed. The new styling has added appeal and quality. Pound-for-pound one of the best bikes on the market and will continue to be a huge success for Yamaha.

The MT-07 has been a huge success for Yamaha, thanks to a pair of great engines, fantastic styling and competitive pricing.

In Europe alone it sold around 17,000 units each year since its launch in 2014 – it’s their most popular bike and dominates the MT range.

Ride quality & brakes

Next up: Engine
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The rear shock is all new, adjustable for preload as before but now with a range of rebound damping adjustment. Spring rate is up by 11%, high-speed rebound damping by 27% and high speed compression damping by 40%, while at the front the MT’s KYB front forks remain non-adjustable but have 6% more spring rate and 16% on the rebound damping – all in in a bid to give more feel and better control.

Now the ride is compliant -- the suspension soaks up most bumps and road imperfections – but you can ride the MT harder and faster as the springs at both ends aren’t jumping around like excitable toddlers who’ve eaten too many sweets.

Engine

Next up: Reliability
5 out of 5 (5/5)

The new 2017 model has the same engine, power and torque as its predecessor. The Yamaha’s unchanged parallel twin is perhaps the key to the MT’s success. On the one hand it’s sweetly fuelled, unintimidating and easy to manage -- ideal for new riders -- yet on the other it has enough attitude and aggression to be fun. The 74bhp motor has enough puff to nip past a line of fast-moving traffic, and responds keenly when you decide to press on. On paper the little engine shouldn’t be as much fun as it is.     

Reliability & build quality

Next up: Value
4 out of 5 (4/5)

Build quality is Yamaha’s usual high standards, and the engine is has proven reliability.

There are two Yamaha MT-07 owners' reviews on the MCN site, and the score of 4.5 out of 5 stars reflects mainly positive feedback, with a few quality issues that can be explained away due to the price of the bike. 

Value vs rivals

Next up: Equipment
5 out of 5 (5/5)

When the bike was launched back in 2014, MT-07 prices started from just over £5000 for the non-ABS model. For 2018 the price has edged up to £6349, but it’s still exceptional value for money and PCP deals are less than £100 a month.

Its main competition comes from the Suzuki SV650 and Kawasaki Z650. You can read a group test of all three bikes here.

Equipment

4 out of 5 (4/5)

Yamaha haven’t played around with or ruined an already proven recipe. There’s no traction control or TFT full-colour dash. Some would like more tech and more riding modes, but, all the above would add to the MT’s price and diminish its essence, which is its simplicity. Yamaha have addressed the handling (see below) and added a new seat, headlights and cosmetic changes, otherwise it’s the same excellent bike as before. 

Specs

Engine size 698cc
Engine type Liquid-cooled, 8v, Parallel-twin
Frame type Diamond
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 805mm
Bike weight 182kg
Front suspension 41mm, KYB forks none adjustable
Rear suspension Single KYB rear shock, rebound and preload
Front brake 2 x 282mm discs with four-piston caliper
Rear brake 245mm single disc with single-piston caliper
Front tyre size 120/70 x 17
Rear tyre size 180/55 x 17

Mpg, costs & insurance

Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Annual road tax £93
Annual service cost £600
New price £6,349
Used price £4,800 - £6,400
Insurance group -
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Warranty term -

Top speed & performance

Max power 74 bhp
Max torque 50.2 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4 mile acceleration -
Tank range 207 miles

Model history & versions

Model history

2014: Yamaha launch the MT 07

2018: Update anounced for MT 07

Owners' reviews for the YAMAHA MT-07 (2018 - on)

2 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA MT-07 (2018 - 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 (2018 - on)

Summary of owners' reviews

Overall rating: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Ride quality & brakes: 4 out of 5 (4/5)
Engine: 5 out of 5 (5/5)
Reliability & build quality: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Value vs rivals: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Equipment: 4.5 out of 5 (4.5/5)
Annual servicing cost: £600
4 out of 5 MT-07 great starter bike
26 April 2019 by MT07RIDER

Version: Night fluo

Year: 2018

I love this bike, great bike for a starter who's learning the ropes of riding, not enough power to go completely stupid but enough to have great fun. As per the cost of the bike there aren't any gadgets but I don't feel like I'm missing out. The suspension at higher speeds can feel a bit spongy but to feel it you would need be over the 70mph limit on the roads.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5

I ride 15k miles a year so it's important it's a comfortable ride, which it is. For me being 12 stone 5ft 8 it's just right and I can do three hours before having to get off. Pillions on the other hand would need to be small as the rear pegs are quite high up. This bike loves country roads and being in the mid range of the gear it feels like you could tow a caravan.

Engine 5 out of 5

For what it's designed for it's great. Great low end power and most of the way through. Had no issues with the engine for the first 15k miles.

Reliability & build quality 4 out of 5

I have had the swing arm replaced which Yamaha had done as a warranty job due to rusting. When I googled this it seemed a pretty common issue on these bikes for a few years. Apart from that it's been great.

Value vs rivals 4 out of 5
Equipment 5 out of 5

There's no real equipment on the bike but the basic features it comes with are great. As per any normal bike I would recommend an exhaust. The tyres fitted as standard have been fine for my use (daily commuting all weathers).

Buying experience: I brought my bike directly from a dealer so no issues.

5 out of 5 A damn good bike
06 April 2019 by James Herrington

Year: 2018

Annual servicing cost: £600

I'm giving it 5 out of 5 despite it not being the perfect bike I believe Yamaha hit the target perfectly within the price range. Shortly after buying it I regretted not getting the MT09. However, now that I have a few more miles on the 07 I find it meets my needs 95% of the time whereas the 09 would only be better for that 5% where I miss the rocket pulls of more HP. Still, the 07 surprises me on how well it accelerates. I'm keeping the 07.

Ride quality & brakes 4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5

The power band is super wide and the motor gives plenty of feedback for telling when to shift.

Reliability & build quality 5 out of 5
Value vs rivals 5 out of 5

The first service (I paid $280) at 600 miles is an important one since they re-synchronise the carbs and verify pretty much everything. The next big service I believe is at 26,000 miles and it's pricier because the valve adjustment.

Equipment 4 out of 5

It'd 2018, why aren't all the lights LED and why doesn't it come with fog lights? I just don't believe those additions would do much to the price.

Buying experience: Absolutely perfect buying experience. Destination Cycle Sports in Kerrville, TX has great deals. Call Andrea and yes they ship.

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