Yamaha MT-07

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Yamaha MT-07
Yamaha MT-07.jpg
Manufacturer Yamaha Motor Company
Also called MT-07 (Europe), FZ-07 (North America)
Parent company Yamaha Corporation
Production 2013–
Assembly Japan[1]
Predecessor FZ6
Class Roadster or Naked bike
Engine 689 cc (42.0 cu in) Crossplane inline-two
Bore / stroke 80 mm × 68.6 mm (3.15 in × 2.70 in)
Compression ratio 11.5:1
Top speed 214 km/h (133 mph)[2]
Power 74 hp (55 kW) @ 9,000 rpm (claimed)[1]
66.85 hp (49.85 kW) @ 9,200 rpm[2]
Torque 50 ft·lb (68 N·m) @ 6,500 rpm (claimed)[1]
45.41 ft·lb (61.57 J) @ 6,600 rpm[2]
Transmission 6-speed manual constant mesh
Frame type Tubular backbone[3]
Suspension Front: telescopic forks
Rear: Swingarm link-type
Brakes Hydraulic, front: 2× 282 mm (11.1 in) hydraulic disc
Rear: 245 mm (9.6 in) disc
Tyres Tubeless, Front: 120/70 ZR 17M/C(58W)
Rear: 180/55 ZR 17M/C(73W)
Rake, trail 24°, 90 mm (3.5 in)[3]
Wheelbase 1,400 mm (55 in)
Dimensions L: 2,008 mm (79.1 in)
W: 745 mm (29.3 in)
Seat height 805 mm (31.7 in)
Weight 164 kg (362 lb)[citation needed]
167 kg (368 lb) w/ABS[citation needed] (dry)
179 kg (394 lb)[4]
182 kg (401 lb) w/ABS[citation needed]
181 kg (398 lb)[2] (wet)
Fuel capacity 14 l (3.1 imp gal; 3.7 US gal)
Oil capacity 3 l (0.66 imp gal; 0.79 US gal)
Fuel consumption

68.4 mpg‑imp (4.13 L/100 km; 57.0 mpg‑US) (claimed)[5]

4.51 L/100 km; 62.7 mpg‑imp (52.2 mpg‑US)[2]
Related XSR700, MT-09, MT-10

The Yamaha MT-07 (FZ-07 in North America) is a roadster (or standard) motorcycle with an eight-valve dohc 689 cc (42.0 cu in) crossplane inline-two engine, manufactured by Yamaha from 2013.[6]

Design and development[edit]

In most respects, the MT-07 is a conventional middleweight roadster.[7] It uses a compact tubular backbone frame, albeit with some echoes of a trellis frame.[8] Its rear monoshock unit is placed horizontally within the subframe to give a shorter wheelbase, to save weight[9] and to lower the centre of gravity.[10] Front forks are conventional telescopic items, whereas its 3-cylinder sibling, the MT-09, has USD forks. Anti-lock braking is available as an option.

Both the MT-07 and the MT-09 are base models, from which a range of derivative bikes is intended to follow in due course. For example, Yamaha commissioned designer Shinya Kimura to create a cafe racer special based on the MT-07. In June 2015, Kimura revealed the machine, which he called "Faster Son". Motorcycle News said that they expect Yamaha to announce a production version based on "Faster Son" in late 2015.[11]

270° crankshaft[edit]

The MT-07 parallel-twin engine's crankshaft has a 270° crank. The two cylinders in the engine fire at an irregular interval, in order to harmonize the inertia forces inside the engine, resulting in a more responsive and "torquey" sensation for the rider, a feeling not unlike that of a V-twin[12]

Reception[edit]

The MT-07 received positive reviews from motorcycling journalists. In The Daily Telegraph, Roland Brown rated the bike at five out of five stars, praising the engine, handling, value for money and overall riding experience, while criticising the front brake, calling it "adequate but less powerful than is suggested by its superbike-style specification of twin discs and four-piston Monobloc calipers".[1] Motorcycle News awarded five stars also, praising the light weight and engine response, although noting that "at high speed it will start to get breathless".[13]

Motorcycle Consumer News declared the engine response "remarkable for its smoothness"; and their dynamometer tests showed rear wheel horsepower of 66.85 hp (49.85 kW) @ 9,200 rpm, and torque at 45.41 ft·lb (61.57 N·m) @ 6,600 rpm.[2] They measured a top speed of 210 km/h (130 mph), 0 to 14 mi (0.00 to 0.40 km) time of 12.13 seconds at 173.33 km/h (107.70 mph), 0 to 60 mph (0 to 97 km/h) time of 3.80 seconds, and 0 to 100 mph (0 to 161 km/h) time of 10.51 seconds;[2] but braking performance was "disappointing" at 60 to 0 mph (97 to 0 km/h) in 39.9 m (130.8 ft) with ABS activated.[2] Motorcycle Consumer News suspected the poor braking was down to the Michelin Pilot Road 3 tyres; and they recommended buyers to wait until Bridgestone BT023 tyres were OE items.[2]

Rear view

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