Friday 22th September 2023

Hyper Naked Bike - Next Generation Yamaha MT-07

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Yamaha Motor is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year. Many models have made history over the past seven decades. However, one category stands out in particular: with the Hyper Naked Bikes, Yamaha broke with conventions and dared to take a completely new direction. Inspired by the motorcycle subculture in Tokyo, a type of motorcycle was created that was different from all other brands. A naked bike design in which the mechanics dominate, with a pure and powerful image. Shortly after the introduction of the first MT-09, the MT-2014 followed in 07. The motorcycle world was changing. And Yamaha delivered two of the most significant new models. With over 250.000 units sold to date, the MT line is the most successful series ever produced by Yamaha.

with 690ccm two-cylinder

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It quickly became clear what an immense impact the 690cc twin-cylinder naked bike would have on the European market. One test drive was enough to see that the MT-07 was really a different type of motorcycle. MT stands for 'Master of Torque' (i.e. master of torque). With its crossplane technology, the outstanding engine lives up to its name. Its linear torque makes driving the MT-07 a pleasure in all conditions. The compact chassis provided the ideal mix of maneuverability and stability. The perfect ergonomics and the natural seating position made it a great success with drivers of all ages and experience levels. Put simply, the MT-07 is a motorcycle that is suitable for everyone. And with its competitive price, it can justifiably claim to be excellent value for money in its class. Incidentally, the MT-07 is number 1 in the long-term test of the magazine MOTORRAD.

Next generation MT-07: The next evolutionary step

Their great sales success over the years makes it clear that the MT-07 offers exactly what one expects from a motorcycle. With its unmistakable, new add-on parts that reflect the pure DNA of the next MT generation, the 2021 MT-07 represents the progressive further development of Europe's most popular naked bike. At the same time, it remains true to its core values.

It comes up with a number of improved equipment features - for example the distinctive EU5-compliant motor and the more powerful front wheel brake. The equipment underlines the high quality. These include the new LED headlights, the new position lights as well as the LED indicators and the LCD cockpit. A 32mm wider, butted handlebar, a new tank and a new seat all contribute to a more comfortable, upright sitting position. The latest sports tires from Michelin ensure good grip and increased driving pleasure.

Next Generation Design: Pure Hyper Naked DNA

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The key to the new look is the compact, minimalist, new LED front. The position lights, together with the LED headlights, create a Y-shaped front view. It symbolizes the characteristic look of the next-generation MT family. The compact arrangement of the new attachments, the cooler and the seat with the CP2 engine resulted in a mass-centered layout. It also visually enhances the feeling of torque and power. Winglets on the sides of the newly designed covers of the 14 liter fuel tank direct the flow of air towards the sharply shaped air intake ducts. This gives the motorcycle a dynamic look and emphasizes the pure Hyper Naked DNA of the new model. The high-quality workmanship is evident in many details such as the color and finish of fork covers, footrests, engine struts and engine covers.

Latest EU5-compliant 690ccm CP2 motor: More linear power delivery

On the 690cc two-cylinder CP2 engine of model year 2021, the design of the air inlet duct was revised and the fuel injection was optimized. There is also a new 2-in-1 exhaust and a new ECU. These changes result in a more linear engine response while maintaining its characteristic power delivery. The engine of the 2021 model has a more even power and torque development. This means that it offers excellent values ​​in terms of acceleration and top speed. It reaches its maximum torque of 67,0 Nm at 6.500 rpm - the maximum output of 54 kW (73,4 hp) is available at 9.000 rpm. These values ​​identify it as the ultimate engine in this class.

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A new electronic control valve and a lightweight battery ensure a reliable engine start even after a long period of idle time. The engine of the 2021 model also has new engine covers in the color Crystal Graphite as well as a new silver-colored exhaust pipe and new covers for the muffler and exhaust. The pulsating power delivery typical of a crossplane is even more linear in the 2021 model, with excellent responsiveness in all speed ranges. That makes the MT-07's engine one of the most enjoyable and entertaining on the market.

298mm double disc brake at the front: Larger diameter and more braking power

One of the most important technical improvements in the 2021 MT-07 is the new high-performance front brake. The diameter of the front double discs has been increased from 282mm to 298mm compared to the previous model. This leads to increased braking performance and better control without additional weight. Together with the 245 mm rear disc brake, the new system is more powerful and the new tires achieve better braking performance.

New LCD cockpit: brighter and easier to read

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The 2021 model is now equipped with a modified LCD cockpit. The cockpit of the MT-07 is similar to that of the Tracer 700. It is a compact and lightweight multifunctional display with larger displays. All information is displayed in light digits on a dark background. The cockpit is operated via a new handlebar switch.

LED indicators: high-quality workmanship in all details

In addition to the new LED headlight, the 2021 MT-07 is also equipped with new high-performance indicators at the front and rear. They are lighter and more compact, complement the style of the next MT generation and reinforce the premium specification.

Latest generation tires: high traction and excellent handling

The new Michelin PR5 tire offers excellent traction and excellent handling properties even in sporty use - even in wet conditions. The tire fits the MT-07 perfectly. The tire sizes are 120 / 70-17 at the front and 180 / 55-17 at the rear.

New colors, graphics and finish: Emphasizing the MT DNA

For 2021 the MT-07 is available in new colors and with new graphics. They strengthen the connection within the MT family and create an independent identity. New, black clutch and brake levers ensure a high-quality appearance and the cable connections in the cockpit area have been relocated to improve the look.

Colors, availability and price

The new MT-07 will be available in three colors: Storm Fluo, Icon Blue and Tech Black. Deliveries to Yamaha partners in Europe will begin in January 2021. The recommended retail price is 7.374,00 EUR. It is made up of the vehicle price of 6.999,00 EUR and 375,00 EUR additional manufacturer costs. This RRP includes 19% VAT!

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Photos: Yamaha

Technical highlights

  • Attachments in the design of the next MT generation
  • Winglet-style air inlets create the unmistakable MT-07 look
  • New LED headlights with a characteristic Y-shaped front view
  • 690ccm crossplane CP2 engine
  • EU5 compliant
  • 270 degree crankshaft for linear torque development
  • Maximum torque of 67,0 Nm at 6.500 rpm
  • New 298mm double disc brake at the front in wave design
  • New, wider butted aluminum handlebar
  • More comfortable, active seating position for the driver
  • New LCD cockpit, operated via handlebar switch
  • New LED turn signals
  • The latest generation of Michelin PR5 tires
  • New colors and graphics
  • Compact tubular frame with 805mm seat height

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