Fully loaded

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“There is no grabrail so hold­ing on to the rider is nec­es­sary”


The seat has been re­vised for 2018. Yamaha has ex­tended both the rider and pil­lion pads rear­wards slightly. This gives the il­lu­sion of a big­ger seat as the front seat now meets the pil­lion. There is no grabrail pro­vided so hold­ing on to the rider is nec­es­sary, and the pil­lion seat is also mounted quite high and feels sim­i­lar to a sports­bike, though foot rests are at a com­fort­able height and would be fine on longer jour­neys. From a rider’s point of view, the rear seemed to sag once a pil­lion was on board, which made the steer­ing lighter. This isn’t some­thing you would ex­pect with an av­er­age-weight pil­lion, so the preload would def­i­nitely need ad­just­ing.

Lug­gage and load

It’s easy to fit a tailpack to the MT-07 re­move the pil­lion seat, Vel­cro the strap around it, then clip it back on. There are points on the pil­lion footrests to mount the front bungee hooks but none at the back so you have to use the rear light and num­ber­plate bracket. This works well though and the tailpack is se­cure. Yamaha has soft 14-litre pan­nier bags avail­able, which ex­pand to 21 litres and cost £174 but need a fit­ting kit. There are three Yamaha tankbags: ‘City’ is 11 litres and ex­pand­able to 15 litres (£141); ‘Tour’ is 16 litres ex­pand­ing to 22 litres (£151) and ‘Sport’ is 5 litres ca­pac­ity ex­pand­ing to 9 litres (£97). All three re­quire the Yamaha mount­ing kit at £40.66.

Tailpack of Truth held se­curely on the pil­lion seat

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