From its learner legal MT-125 through to its raucous MT-10 SP, Yamaha’s extensive range of MTs are a big deal.
Since its first MT was introduced, the Japanese factory has sold an eye-watering 420,000 units across the board – and right at the top of the sales charts is its fiery middleweight, the MT-07.
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It’s by no means perfect, but its combination of torque-rich engine and compact and agile chassis is a real winner, and as such, Yamaha’s not messed around with that formula too much since it was first introduced back in 2014. In recent years it has made important tweaks, upgrading the brakes and suspension (and kitting it out with a Euro 5 friendly engine), gradually evolving the bike rather than making any dramatic changes.
And that’s exactly what has been done for 2023, kitting out the latest generation MT-07 with a whole host of new technology to bring it bang up to date.
It might not be the most exciting range of updates, but it’s an important bike so we thought you needed to know all the details.
The big news is the addition of a new 5in colour TFT dash. It’s a clever bit of kit which offers a couple of displays to choose from (namely a Street Theme with a tachometer at the top and digital speedo and gear selection information, and a Touring Theme with a more conventional circular tachometer on the right and a digital speedo on the left). It’s also compatible with Yamaha’s free MyRide app, which allows riders to link to their smartphone and use the newly fitted communication control unit to easily access incoming call, email and message notifications.
It’ll also notify riders of any technical issues, and is capable of sending email notifications to your local dealer (or a chosen contact) to let them know your bike needs a once-over. Clever stuff. The MyRide app also allows you to check out what you’ve been up to, because it’s able to monitor acceleration, top speed, lean angle and more.
There’s more good news if you’re partial to a quickshifter. Although the new MT-07 won’t have one as standard (you’ll have to lay out extra for one), Yamaha’s made it even easier to fit one by making sure every bike is prewired with all the necessary electronics. And aside from a newly painted front mudguard, that’s about it.
If you want to check out the new technology in the flesh, Yamaha’s going to be out in force at Motorcycle Live – but don’t expect to get any more information on pricing or availability, because the factory’s told us we’ll have to sit tight until December to get the full lowdown.
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