Yamaha MT-07

RiDE (UK) - - Long Term Test - MARTIN FITZ-GIB­BONS

IN A NUT­SHELL, here’s every MT-07 re­view I’ve writ­ten for RIDE: ram­bunc­tious en­gine, colos­sal fun, crap sus­pen­sion. So it was promis­ing to hear Yamaha has stiff­ened the 2018 bike and re­as­sur­ing to read Bruce give it the thumbs-up in this month’s RIDE Road Test (p70).

The im­prove­ment in­deed proves night-and-day ob­vi­ous — on my first ride I can tell there’s more con­trol be­fore I’ve left the of­fice car park. But af­ter our first 100 miles to­gether, I reckon it could still do with even more damp­ing.

The new shock has a re­bound ad­juster, set half­way through its three-turn range. I add half a turn and hit the back­roads again. Bet­ter. Add an­other half a turn. Even bet­ter. I’m sav­ing the fi­nal half-turn for sum­mer…

Barely on the sec­ond tank of juice and MFG’S ‘ad­just­ing’ SPEC YAMAHA MT-07 £6492 • 689cc par­al­lel twin, l/c • 74bhp • 182kg • 14-litre tank • 805mm seat • Av­er­age econ­omy: 50.5mpg • Miles so far: 211

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