More grunt for MT-07

Old Bike Australasia - - BUZZ BOX – RACING DIARY • YAMAHA MT-07HO • CHEQUER -

When test­ing the then-new 655cc Yamaha MT-07 in OBA 47, I re­marked, “In cre­at­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle specif­i­cally for the boom­ing LAMS (Learner Ap­proved Mo­tor­cy­cle Scheme), Yamaha has also pro­duced a re­mark­ably ver­sa­tile 650 twin.” Since then, the MT-07 has been an out­stand­ing suc­cess in the vi­tal learner mar­ket, but Yamaha has also lis­tened to the more ex­pe­ri­enced riders and pro­duced an en­larged 689cc MT-07HO (High Out­put) ver­sion which pumps out 74.8PS @ 9,000 rpm with 68.0Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm, com­pared to the LAMS model’s 52.1PS/57.5Nm. The HO is also 3 kg lighter at 179kg, due to the omis­sion of the ABS on the LAMS model. At $9999.00, the MT-07HO comes in Race Blue and car­ries a 24 months, un­lim­ited km parts and labour war­ranty.

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