THE RIDE VER­DICT

RiDE (UK) - - New Bikes -

THERE IS NO ques­tion that Yamaha has taken top hon­ours in the mid­dleweight naked sec­tor — the MT-07’S sales fig­ures speak for them­selves. The orig­i­nal model has sold so well for many rea­sons: it looked good, was fun to ride and it ap­pealed to a range of mo­tor­cy­clists, from new rid­ers to sport rid­ers, as it was so ver­sa­tile. Price was also a ma­jor fac­tor in the MT-07’S suc­cess, be­ing just over £5200 when first launched in 2014. This new ma­chine costs a bit more than that at £6489 but the im­prove­ments Yamaha has given it mean it’s still ex­cel­lent value for money.

One of the main gripes about the old bike was the sus­pen­sion’s ba­sic feel and it quite eas­ily got over­worked and started to feel a bit vague. Many own­ers opted to fit af­ter­mar­ket sus­pen­sion to their bikes to sort it out. But the new model’s re­worked forks and rear shock give it a su­pe­rior ride, both in terms of com­fort, per­for­mance and feel, mean­ing there’s no need to blow money on af­ter­mar­ket parts to make the bike han­dle.

The new MT-07 still has the com­bi­na­tion of char­ac­ter­is­tics that made the orig­i­nal so pop­u­lar, but now it has that some­thing ex­tra that isn’t in the spec panel or brochure — the abil­ity to turn any ride, re­gard­less of the weather and des­ti­na­tion, into great ride. It turns the drea­ri­est of days into sunny, sum­mer Sun­days — and that’s what makes it so damn good.

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“It turns the drea­ri­est of days into sunny, sum­mer Sun­days”

The 2018 MT-07 takes ev­ery­thing that made the orig­i­nal so suc­cess­ful and adds to it Want mid­dleweight magic on a smaller bud­get? Turn over for used al­ter­na­tives.

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