Inspired by Japanese subculture and created by some of the most visionary designers in the business, the Yamaha MT-07 (also known as the FZ-07) marked the real beginning of Yamaha’s “hyper naked” segment when it arrived in 2014, shortly after the debut of the MT-09 (FZ-09).
The 2021 MT-07 represents the progressive evolution of Yamaha’s popular naked middleweight, reinforcing the core values of this outstandingly successful and much-loved motorcycle. A distinctive new design reflects the new MT-07’s pure, next-generation MT DNA, falling in line with the recent release of the next-gen MT-09. A reworked 689 cc engine meets EU5 emission standards, while further upgrades include more powerful front brakes, new LED lighting, new LCD instrumentation, a wider tapered handlebar and a more comfortable riding position.
NEW STYLING AND BODYWORK
The new model’s bodywork reflects the ongoing evolution of the MT family, giving the 2021 MT-07 a more refined look and quality feel. The design concept was to make the new MT-07 the “handsome younger sibling” in the MT family, and this was achieved by creating an organic and more mature aesthetic.
Key to the new look is a compact and minimalist new LED headlight assembly, which gives the MT-07 a Y-shaped front face symbolizing the signature look of the next-generation MT family. This new design emphasizes lightness and agility from the rider’s viewpoint and produces a powerful beam with well-defined edges that provide excellent forward visibility during night riding. Lighter and more compact LED turn signals further complement the next-generation styling as well as the MT-07’s premium specification.
New winglets on the redesigned fuel tank covers feature sculpted airducts that convey the flow of the air into the engine, giving the bike a more dynamic stance. Wing-like attachments at the rear of the body emphasize the harmony of the overall design. The new fuel tank covers are made of injection-moulded plastic resin to reduce weight, and a 3D-moulded texture is featured around the rider’s knee grip area to improve controllability.
A new colour and finish on the fork covers, footpegs, engine stays and engine covers serve to enhance the overall feeling of quality, underlining the MT-07’s winning combination of outstanding value and premium specification.
Revised 689 cc CP2 engine
The new EU5-compliant, 689 cc twin-cylinder CP2 engine features a revised air intake duct design and optimized fuel injector settings, as well as a new 2-into-1 exhaust and new ECU. These changes provide a more linear engine response while maintaining the performance character that has made the MT-07 a fan favourite.
The 2021 engine delivers a smoother torque curve for thrilling acceleration and excellent top speed, with maximum torque produced at just 6,500 rpm and maximum power at 9,000 rpm. This is truly the ultimate middleweight powerplant. The crossplane concept engine’s 270-degree crank gives an uneven firing sequence with a distinct exhaust note that emphasizes the feeling of torque during acceleration.
New 298 mm dual front brake discs
One of the most significant technical upgrades on the MT-07 is the new high-spec front braking system. Front dual disc size is increased from 282 mm to 298 mm, giving more stopping power and greater controllability with no weight increase. Together with a 245 mm rear disc, the new system offers increased performance, particularly in wet conditions.
Improved riding position
The MT-07 is already regarded as a bike that works for riders of all ages and experience levels thanks to its natural upright riding position and relaxed ergonomics. Following numerous evaluations of clay models and many test rides using riders with different physiques, Yamaha designers have fine-tuned the new MT-07’s riding position for added comfort and better controllability. The 2021 model is fitted with a new tapered aluminum handlebar that is 32 mm wider than before for a more assertive riding position, as well as a little extra leverage for easier manoeuvrability at slow speeds.
New LCD instrument panel
The 2021 model now features improved LCD instrumentation with spot colour. While more compact and lighter than before, the new screen features larger displays for the clock, gear, tripmeters and tachometer. The use of spot colour gives an accent for key displays, while a new handlebar switch enables the rider to operate the meter more easily.
The 2021 Yamaha MT-07 comes in Storm Fluo, Yamaha Racing Blue and Tech Black. MSRP starts at $8,799 and delivery is expected to Canadian dealers in February.
For more information, visit the model page at https://yamaha-motor.ca/en/road/motorcycle/sport/2021-mt-07/2021-MT07AM.
Key Features for 2021
- Next-generation body design with pure MT family DNA
- Distinctive winglet-style air intakes
- New LED projector headlight with signature Y-shape icon
- EU5-compliant 689 cc crossplane-technology CP2 engine
- Maximum torque of 49.4 ft-lb produced at 6,500 rpm
- New 298 mm dual front brake discs
- New tapered aluminum handlebar (32 mm wider than previous model)
- More comfortable and assertive riding position
- Inverted LCD spot colour instruments
- New LED turn signals