2014 Yamaha MT-07Yamaha has released a new video titled “The Dark Side of Japan” that exploits its latest creation – the MT-07.
But don’t get too excited about this younger sibling of the FZ-09; as for now, the MT-07 will only be available in European and Japan markets.The naked sportbike has everything that would appeal to Americans, though. It’s an attractive entry-level sportbike that features a crossplane, 689cc twin that produces 75 horsepower.The MT-07 would provide much agility in urban situations, and weighs just over 360 lb. dry, which should give it a wet weight of just under 400 lb.The MT-07 (MT meaning “Masters of Torque) was unveiled at EICMA this past November, and though the machine won’t arrive in North America, we can still enjoy its looks in media such as the video attached above.
Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory + Steve ’Stavros’ Parrish
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome once again to Ultimate Motorcycling’s weekly podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
Our first segment features the new Aprilia Tuono 660 Factory. Senior Editor Nic de Sena brings us his report on the flagship version of Aprilia’s upright middleweight machine. He gives us insight into whether it’s worth spending the extra money on the Factory version, and also of course, whether this sporting Aprilia is really the motorcycle for you.
The next guest segment of Motos and Friends is brought to you by the faster and most technologically advanced, 2023 Suzuki Hayabusa—one of the most iconic sportbikes ever. Check it out in person at your local Suzuki dealer now, or visit suzukicycles.com to learn more.
In this segment, Associate Editor Teejay Adams chats with (arguably) one of the most interesting Suzuki race riders of all time. the iconic RG500 alongside teammate double World Champion Barry Sheene. The two were almost as famous for their exploits off-track, as for their success on it. Those were the days! Steve also raced the Isle of Man TT for about ten years where he won 13 Silver Replicas, and got a podium finish. His insight into that particular brand of mayhem are fascinating.
But there’s waaay more to Steve Parrish than his motorcycle racing. He is also the most successful Semi-Truck racer ever, and, little known piece of useless trivia—he’s my birthday twin: 24th February. He is a natural entertainer and you can’t miss his recounting of the world’s most entertaining—and arguably terrifying—double-decker bus ride ever. If any of you were actually on that hell-ride then we’d love to hear from you!