MT- 07

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£80 / bhp, 0.4bhp / kg

Yamaha: “Rise up your dark­ness.” MCN: Af­ford­able all-rounder, but still bril­liant, play­ful fun.

For a bike with 33% fewer cylin­ders and 20% fewer ccs than the MT-09, it’s in­evitable the MT-07’S 74bhp par­al­lel twin crosses the boundary be­tween se­ri­ous speed and funky per­for­mance. But it’s no less im­pres­sive for that; the qui­etly chuff­ing 07 drops into gear with a thunk, then im­me­di­ately sur­prises and im­presses with how much go is up for grabs right from the start, bop­ping along with a cheerful, play­ful charisma from its 270-de­gree crank (one pis­ton up, one halfway down) vaguely im­i­tat­ing a V-twin’s pulses. In con­trast to the catch-you-out MT-09’S throt­tle, the MT-07’S fuelling is al­most per­fect and there are no en­gine mode set­tings to worry about ei­ther. You get a gear po­si­tion in­di­ca­tor and a fuel gauge. What more do you need? It’s sim­plic­ity at its very best.

And the MT-07 is small al­right; slim­mer, more chuck­able, 10kg lighter than the MT-09, and with a lower seat height. It’s also got a fan­tas­tic amount of steer­ing lock – as much as the smaller MT-03 and more than the MT-125. But it’s not cramped, and has enough big-bike pres­ence not to feel like a toy to a 6ft lard-arse, ei­ther. The MT-07’S only soft spot is, lit­er­ally, its sus­pen­sion. Unad­justable, the forks and shock be­tray the bike’s bud­get ori­gins by los­ing con­trol un­der duress – but, like other great cut-price Yams, it’s a grad­ual process. You know when you’re over-rid­ing the MT be­cause it starts grind­ing and bot­tom­ing out. And when it comes to bot­tom­ing out, there’s the MT-07’S price. At £5886 new, it’s the bar­gain of the MT fam­ily.

MT-07 sec­ond­hand values The first 2014 MT-07S are clock­ing up over 10,000 miles and are on sale with deal­ers for around £4000. But near­lynew bikes with barely over 1000 miles are still un­der £5000. Un­beat­able.

‘ The 07 sur­prises and im­presses with how much go is up for grabs’

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