It’s the sense of fun not the spec sheet

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Our cel­e­bra­tion of Yamaha’s MT-07 on page 30 proves that you don’t need to spend a huge amount of money to have fun – a great mo­tor­cy­cle isn’t about hav­ing a big price-tag if the bike in ques­tion has a big heart.

Since the MT-07 first came out, it has thrilled learn­ers and ex­pe­ri­enced riders alike with its won­der­ful en­gine, perky han­dling and a play­ful at­ti­tude. Yamaha got it right – so many times man­u­fac­tur­ers work so hard at ful­fill­ing the needs of fo­cus groups and com­plet­ing a spec-list tick sheet that they for­get about the X-fac­tor.

This X-fac­tor noth­ing to do with power ei­ther – and if I had to pin it down I’d say it was more to do with the com­bi­na­tion of throt­tle re­sponse, torque de­liv­ery, nim­ble­ness and a sense of fun. The MT-07 has more of it than the ZX-10R SE fea­tured on page 24, even though it is very able.

But there are other great ma­chines that punch above their weight and one of them is also fea­tured in this is­sue – Honda’s CRF250 Rally for ex­am­ple, makes a mere 24bhp but can be used for green­lan­ing, de­liv­er­ing 70mpg at 70mph on a com­mute or be­ing used as a tool to travel the world. It looks great too – and at un­der £ 5400 could be all the ad­ven­ture bike that you ever need. MATT WILDEE, SE­NIOR EDI­TOR

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