It’s the sense of fun not the spec sheet
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