Writing about bikes for 20 years. Published in dozens of titles on five continents. Mildly obsessed with discovering how things work.
Yamaha’s MT-07 first appeared just four years ago but its success means the firm has already opted to give it a facelift.
Yamaha says it’s sold 80,000 MT-07s since its launch, and that sort of popularity means it’s a priority to keep it fresh. The firm took the same approach with the MT-09; launched a year ahead of the MT-07, it was given a new 12 months ago.
Understandably, the 2018 MT-07 takes its cues from the latest MT-09 style. That includes the much more aggressive nose and a new fuel tank with side scoops that mimic those on the larger bike. Further back there’s a new seat, while black side panels are intended to push the visual weight of the bike more aggressively forward.
There’s substance to go with the style, too. The 2018 MT-07 has a new seat that improves the riding position while also extending around the back of the tank to add more comfort.
New settings for the forks are claimed to make the bike’s handling sportier, and for 2018 the rear suspension gets adjustable rebound damping.
There’s still a bit of a wait before you can get one, though, as it won’t go on sale until March 2018.
Engine: 689cc two-cylinder, water-cooled, DOHC.
Power: 74.8hp @9,000rpm
Torque: 68Nm @6500rpm
Weight: 182kg (wet)