Yamaha MT-07 review

by Andy Bisson.
So, I was lucky for the January review as the rain that was forecast held off and whilst it was pretty overcast and dull, it was dry. Pete wanted me out on the new MT-07 as I hadn’t ridden one in a few years and he assured me that I would notice the difference in the subtle upgrades that Yamaha has placed on this popular model.

There had already been a few upgrades from my last MT-07 demo ride, such as LED lighting, an upgrade on the braking and some body work improvements but this model also has the new 5-inch full colour TFT display screen displaying digital speedometer and gear selection.
The new MT-07 also has the Yamaha Connect system allowing you to connect your phone by Bluetooth so you can monitor calls and texts from the display screen.

At first look, the MT-07 was pretty much as I remembered with some slight body changes for a sharper funkier style. As soon as I sat on it, I felt like it had a little more room. The riding position has altered slightly, giving a little more leg room so you’re not as far onto the tank than the older models making it a very comfortable and commanding riding position.

Heading off and around town was simplistic and smooth. It’s a very easy bike to ride and light and nimble in traffic. It has wider bars and this also assists in the handling for a smooth and controlled delivery. After a little urban riding and filtering the traffic, it was time to head to our normal circuit.

The ride hasn’t altered a lot from the previous models which is good as it already provided what you needed for a mid-weight naked street bike. It has an immediate response to the throttle but not snatchy, remaining smooth when it rolls on and off the acceleration.

It handled well in all road conditions, powering through bends providing a gentle roar as you powered out, taking her over the 5,000 revs. The engine doesn’t faulter and hangs onto the power through the higher revs. Due to its light weight and short wheelbase design, it was so easy to flick from side to side through waterworks valley and the tires handled the standing water that you often get, with no issues at all.

The MT-07 is a perfect bike for new riders as its very forgiving and so easy to ride and find yourself in the zone, yet it still provides the thrill and adrenaline rush for the more experienced rider. It’s a powerful bike without being intimidating and very forgiving if you end up in the wrong gear.

This is a practical and comfortable ride whilst still being exciting. It’s a great all-rounder, ideal for commuting but with the power and comfort for a trip away. Inmotion have a demo in store just waiting for you to take out and explore the island and see what this great bike has to offer.