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.