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