Yamaha MT-07 to get an MT-10 face trans­plant

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Yamaha’s hugely pop­u­lar MT-07 will be get­ting an Mt-10-inspired facelift ac­cord­ing to new patents dis­cov­ered by MCN.

The patent it­self is specif­i­cally about a new type of tightly-fo­cused LED head­light that’s in­tended to be very bright but also has a sharp cut­off around the edge of its light field. As a re­sult of this, the best way of achiev­ing a good pat­tern of light on the road ahead is to use sev­eral of these LED units, each ad­justed to point in a slightly dif­fer­ent di­rec­tion.

Yamaha’s patent shows sev­eral generic draw­ings of mo­tor­cy­cles with dif­fer­ent ar­range­ments of four or six of these LED lights on their noses. The il­lus­tra­tions in­clude cheap 125cc-style naked bikes and fully faired su­per­bikes, but one set of draw­ings stands out in par­tic­u­lar. They clearly show an MT-07, and in much more de­tail than any of the other draw­ings.

Fur­ther il­lus­tra­tions go into de­tail about the con­struc­tion of the LED head­light unit used in the MT-07, even show­ing specifics of the lens cov­ers and mount­ing brack­ets.

In par­tic­u­lar, the four-light set-up on the pro­posed MT-07 is in­tended to al­low the lights – which are small in cir­cum­fer­ence but have deep rear sec­tions – to slot ei­ther side of the steer­ing stem, al­low­ing them to be po­si­tioned fur­ther back than a con­ven­tional sin­gle head­light, with two LED units stacked on each side of the nose. The strat­egy is em­pha­sised by the stylis­tic de­sign of the light unit, which splits the left and right sides un­der sep­a­rate lenses and places what ap­pears to be a dummy air in­take be­tween them.

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