While new players like Benelli have been busy creating a storm in the Indian motorcycle market, veterans like Yamaha have been surprisingly quiet all this while. However, if the MT-07 they’ve imported for R&D testing and evaluation is a sign of things to come, things are only about to get more exciting for the Indian motorcycle enthusiast.
With the V-Max, the FZ-1 and the R1 as the only performance offerings available in their India line-up until now, the MT-07 could be launched as a rival to other middle-weight players in the segment. Designed to make the intuitive side of riding more fun, the Yamaha MT-07 is powered by a 689 cc in-line twin that makes 74 bhp at 9000 clicks and 68 Nm of twist at 6500 rpm, mated to a 6-speed constant mesh gearbox.
Based on a tubular backbone frame that uses telescopic forks up-front and a link-type mono shock at the rear, the MT-07 tips the scales at 179 kilos. Although it might look like a motorcycle that is more suited for urban riding, this naked Yamaha can reach a top speed of 190 kph. Yamaha cannot really bank on nostalgia for a long time in the current Indian market. Unless they launch something that revives their old image in the eyes of those fans who still can’t get over blue smoke, there are many new options which are flooding the market and could make those tuning forks a glorious symbol of the smoke filled past.