What’s it like on the road?

RiDE (UK) - - Used Bikes -

Nim­ble, per­fectly bal­anced, slightly squidgy — in a good way, mostly. It’s for­giv­ing of crude steer­ing in­puts and the ride qual­ity’s good enough to cope with rough tar­mac and pot­holes. The down­side is a slight lack of pre­ci­sion and the faster you go, the more im­pre­cise it gets. There’s plenty of ground clear­ance for nor­mal rid­ing, though mid-cor­ner bumps and fast round­abouts see the pegs grind­ing away mer­rily. Yamaha claims 179Kg but it feels even lighter on the move. The il­lu­sion’s helped by the lack of screen and the low-mounted clocks – you feel there’s you and the road and noth­ing in be­tween. Of­ten, there is some­thing in be­tween the front tyre and the road though — sev­eral feet of clear air.

The MT is geared fairly low over­all (but with a taller top gear for mo­tor­way cruis­ing) and throt­tle re­sponse is in­stant – wind it on hard in first from low revs and the front wheel WILL come up. The same hap­pens in sec­ond with a lit­tle ef­fort, and if you must, it’ll wheelie off the clutch in third. None of this drive ar­rives with a big bang — it’s con­trol­lable, soft-edged, with a smooth power curve that gives a di­rect con­nec­tion from right hand to back wheel. So if wheel­ies aren’t your bag, you’ve still got the kind of drive that used to be the pre­serve of litre twins.

The MT-07 will re­lease the in­ner hooli­gan

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