Motorcycle Sport & Leisure - - Test Ride -

And if you’re a taller rider there’s also an af­ter­mar­ket ac­ces­sory Sports Seat that gives you 28mm more seat height. Handy if you’re over 6ft on the small-ish MT-07. For me and my 5ft 10in, with 28in-long in­side leg the stan­dard seat height was pretty much spot on with an easy reach to the footrests which re­mained cramp-free dur­ing our day rid­ing in Spain.

Else­where the frame, brakes, Euro 4-com­pli­ant 74bhp en­gine and vir­tu­ally all the rest of the run­ning gear stays, but the whole bike has been given an MT-fam­ily makeover to keep things in a pretty, pretty de­part­ment on par with other mod­els in the range.

Out on the ride the bike was very en­gag­ing. The old model was al­ways fun with a nim­ble touch that en­cour­aged you to ex­plore what the Yamaha was ca­pa­ble of – but you of­ten felt like the old sus­pen­sion was let­ting the side down just a tad. The new bike’s springers match the rest of the bike’s per­son­al­ity and as you de­velop as a rider you’ll soon have the big hero blobs off the footrests.

The new MT-07 is very no­tice­ably bet­ter on the road, es­pe­cially in quicker cor­ners. It’s no sport bike and it doesn’t claim to be, but fourth gear runs flick­ing from cor­ner to cor­ner on the Ronda road just out­side of Malaga hap­pened in a lovely, bal­anced, pre­dictable man­ner.

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