Yamaha MT-07

Yamaha MT-07 Review: “Balances excellent performance with a thrilling ride” by Takao Aoki

Despite looking muscular, it’s not very big at all; rather it looks stylish. Everyone will know that it’s a new design.

When I hopped on the motorcycle, it was unexpectedly slimmer than I had expected, and it offered excellent fit. The knee grips have been properly placed, making it easy for you to hold the bike using your lower body. You will notice that the foot peg’s placement and width have been carefully examined. It felt light when I walked the motorcycle, almost like the same maneuverability as a motorcycle in the 400cc class.

It offers light handling; hence, it is likely that those who prefer old bikes and heavyweight cruisers will feel that it doesn’t have a sense of stability. It has excellent cornering abilities, and runs swiftly through the turns like a fish swimming through fresh water.

Pulsing like a twin engine as it revs under 4000rpm, the 689cc inline two-cylinder engine offers powerful acceleration from low speed. It has a quick throttle response, and since its power band is manageable, it can be ridden by any type of rider.

It is a machine that is good at getting through corners. Riding on city streets, in which a stop-and-go traffic is commonplace, is enjoyable. Cruising on highways is also comfortable because there is little vibration. The RPM of 100km/h in high gear (6th gear) can reach up to approximately 4200rpm, offering effortless performance.

The price of 700,000 yen is reasonable for a unit that has not been equipped with ABS. Despite the price, it doesn’t look cheap because of the unique molding of the resin parts from the front up to the tail end, as well as elaborate and beautiful bending machining of the exhaust pipe.

Yamaha declares it to be: “A motorcycle that lets you casually enjoy the pleasure of riding.” You can ride it without getting enthusiastic, but you may use it with all your might. It has excellent performance, but it isn’t dull. Rather, it always offers an exciting performance.

â–  Five Star Rating
Power Source: ★★★★★
Foot Work: ★★★★★
Comfort: ★★★★
Style: ★★★★★
Recommendation: ★★★★★

Takao Aoki | Motorcycle Journalist

He became a motorcycle journalist after becoming member of the editorial department of a motorcycle journal.He is an expert in domestic and foreign motorcycle culture and has experienced doing coverages in America, Europe, as well as in Africa and Southeast Asia.Through the knowledge he personally acquired from MX Race activities and ample touring overseas, he has been making commentaries about motorcycles from his own point of view.He is currently taking part in various media such as motorcycle journals, general magazines and the web.

(Translated by Katherine N. Bantiles)