A lik­ing for learn­ing

Yamaha fi­nesses the MT to make it L-plater le­gal — and a can­di­date for com­mut­ing

The Courier-Mail - Motoring - - Two Wheels - CRAIG DUFF [email protected]

A 34cc cut in ca­pac­ity is good news for Yamaha Aus­tralia and the in­creas­ing range of learner-ap­proved mo­tor­bikes now on sale.

The MT-07 is iden­ti­cal to the 689cc mod­els re­leased over­seas in all ar­eas save for re­duc­ing the pis­ton bore from 80mm to 78mm — and the ca­pac­ity to 655cc, just un­der the max­i­mum for the Learner Ap­proved Motorcycle Scheme.

Even so, Yamaha is claim­ing class-lead­ing power-to-weight and out­right torque fig­ures for the par­al­lel twin. Its 270de­gree crank adopts the company’s cross­plane crank phi­los­o­phy, which ba­si­cally in­volves bal­anc­ing the com­bus­tion torque (gen­er­ated when the fuel ig­nites) with the in­er­tial torque (cre­ated by the ro­tat­ing crank).

The aim is to give the rider a bet­ter ap­pre­ci­a­tion of power de­liv­ery — in the­ory, de­liv­er­ing max­i­mum thrust be­fore the rear wheel starts light­ing up.

Fuel econ­omy is another sell­ing point. The twin is also claimed to de­liver about 300km from the 14-litre tank, sub­ject to rid­ing style.

The bike’s de­sign mir­rors the lean and light­weight “cen­tralised mass” look on the brand’s triple-cylin­der MT-09 and the price looks pretty com­pelling, too, at just $8999 plus on-roads.

The front-end is tied down with a pair of hefty 41mm forks with 130mm of travel, which Yamaha says have been “de­signed to han­dle dif­fi­cult road con­di­tions such as cob­bles and un­even sur­faces”.

Brak­ing comes from a pair of 280mm wave front discs fit­ted with four-pis­ton monobloc calipers, backed by a sin­gle 245mm rear disc.

The 17-inch wheels are cast al­loy to cut down on un­sprung weight. They are shod with 120/55 rub­ber up front with a mon­strous 180/55 rear to un­der­score the ma­chine’s ag­gres­sive styling and give plenty of grip to get the power down.

The MT-07 is on sale now in four colours: black, white, red and matt grey (main pic­ture).

Don’t do this on your L-plates: Yamaha man­ages the out­puts so rid­ers can bet­ter grasp power de­liv­ery

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