Here it is, the MT07 and the bike that has been getting a lot of attention for a while now. My dear friend and owner of a driving school Drive trafik based out in Bellerup, was kind enough to let me take his new MT07 out for a ride. He said before we left for the ride, that I would love this bike, and it is very lively. So with a smile and a nice sunny dry day, I replied "Lets find out".
It's a nice light bike, which I find immediately as I lift it upright off its side stand. I start the engine and it purrs quite nicely. The bike carries a 689cc 2-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves engine, that pumps out 73 bhp (55.0 KW), which on a naked bike like this sits very nicely. The under slung exhaust is very fitting, and provides a nice sound. For more technical information you can read all about it on Yamaha's page here.
With a twist of the wrist, and we are quickly down the road and out into the country side. A few nice turns along the road and some nice straight stretches to see how the bike handles. It moves very well, it turns very well too. Though, I found the back wheel twitching on the turns, maybe because the bike is light and I'm not the heaviest person (54kg). I took it round a roundabout a few times and the same feeling was apparent. This made me very uncomfortable especially when leaning. On the upside, the get up and go on this bike is great. You twist the throttle and it goes. Forcing even the hardest of men to smile.
The gears run up and down with a clear and distinct change, and the clutch is very light. I found this very nice and easy on my hands especially as I like to use the gears to slow me down. Although, on the motorway it was awful. It is a naked bike, so not designed for motorway use, but that was not my only issue. After 30 minutes of riding we stopped for a drink, and my hands were actually hurting from the vibration. This was even with the handle bars moving freely from the rest of the bike in an attempt to reduce the vibration.
It is a nice fun bike, but not one I would want to ride for any large amount of time. It is however great for city riding, filtering through traffic and turning at the drop of a hat. The dash is clear and bright in all light conditions, and easy to read.
You get a speedo, rev counter, fuel gauge, and gear indicator. Then the usual; lights, odometer, etc. It's nothing that will make you go "WOW", but it's functional and good without being distracting. Everything you need to be aware of is easy to see and clear at all times.
If you want a bike to commute on in the city and have a few fun rides out during the month, then this is a great choice. If you however plan on touring or taking longer day trips out, then this is not the bike you want.
To find out more information on whether this bike is for you contact me.