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YAMAHA MT-07 (2018-on) Review

Published: 14 March 2018

Suspension tweaks and a cosmetic revamp make the best-selling MT-07 even better

YAMAHA MT-07  (2018-on)

Suspension tweaks and a cosmetic revamp make the best-selling MT-07 even better

  • At a glance
  • 698cc  -  74 bhp
  • 65 mpg  -  207 miles range
  • Medium seat height (805mm)
  • New: £6,349
    Used: £5,300 to £6,500 See all YAMAHA MT-07s for sale

Overall Rating 4 out of 5

Yamaha have simply improved on an already excellent bike by addressing the handling issues of the original bike. New suspension gives more control and freedback, which in-turn gives the rider mode 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.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 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 5 out of 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.     

Build Quality & Reliability 4 out of 5

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

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 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.

Equipment 4 out of 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. 

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2018
Year discontinued -
New price £6,349
Used price £5,300 to £6,500
Warranty term 2 years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost -
Performance
Max power 74 bhp
Max torque 50.2 ft-lb
Top speed 130 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption 65 mpg
Tank range 207 miles
Specification
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

History & Versions

Model history

2014: Yamaha launch the MT-07

Other versions

None

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