Before the Euro5 regulations come into play, Yamaha is being quick on its feet to make its motorcycles Euro5 compliant. After unveiling the updated MT-09, the Japanese bikemaker has now unveiled the new MT-07. Just like its older sibling, the first thing you will notice about the motorcycle is its revised styling. Changes aren’t just limited to cosmetic as it features some mechanical updates as well. Yamaha never brought the MT-07 to India but we can’t think of a reason why it shouldn’t!
The Yamaha MT-07 now gets a Euro5/BS6-compliant motor. To make the MT-09 Euro5 compliant, Yamaha bumped up its displacement but in MT-07’s case, its engine displacement remains similar to its predecessor, at 680cc.
The parallel-twin engine with a 270-degree crank pumps out 73.4PS and 67Nm. The new emission norms have dropped power and torque figures by 1.4PS and 1Nm respectively. Despite the minor drop in numbers, Yamaha claims the engine has been tuned for linear power delivery. The 680cc parallel-twin motor gets new exhaust system, revised air intake duct design and improve fuel-injection settings.
The 2021 Yamaha MT-07 carries forward the diamond frame seen on its predecessor. Suspension hardware remains a simple affair with a telescopic fork and a monoshock unit. Stopping power has been improved with larger 298mm discs, instead of the old 282mm version at the front. It also receives better shoes in the form of Michelin Road 5 tyres.
In terms of aesthetic upgrades, the new MT-07 gets new front look which sports an aggressive LED headlamp setup. The tail section remains unchanged. The bike will be available in three colours – storm fluo, icon blue and tech black. Yamaha has not revealed the prices but one can expect a marginal hike owing to the tweaks and additional equipment. In Europe, the motorcycle is slated to hit the showrooms in March 2021. In the international markets, the Yamaha MT-07 competes with Kawasaki 650, Honda CB650R and the newly unveiled Triumph Trident.
With its value for money quotient, the Yamaha MT-07 would be an interesting proposition for the Indian market but the previous edition was not on sale here. It remains to be seen if Yamaha will be interested in bringing the latest MT-07 to our market or not.
Like we mentioned earlier as well, Yamaha gave the MT-09 a thorough makeover too. Opinions are polarised though, at least when it comes to its looks. Yamaha has increased the displacement of the engine in order for it to comply with stricter Euro5 norms. As a result, the inline-triple’s displacement has gone up to 890cc from 847cc. Power is now rated at 117 horsepower at 10,000 rpm and 93 nm at 7,000 rpm. The cylinders’ bore remains unchanged (78mm), but the stroke is slightly longer at 62.1mm.
The compression ratio, fuel delivery system, and transmission (six-speed, multiplate assist and slipper clutch) are also unchanged. Suspension duties are handled by a 41mm KYB inverted fork with adjustable preload, compression, and rebound while there’s a KYB preload and rebound damping-adjustable monoshock at the back. Braking duties are entrusted to a pair of 298mm discs at the front and a single 245mm disc at the back, both equipped with the ABS.