Fresh off news of an updated MT-09, we see that the Yamaha MT-07 is also refreshed for 2021. The major changes are to the motor, ergonomic, and styling, so this is a significant year in the MT-07’s development. Time to dive into the changes to this popular mid-size upright naked sportbike.
The 2021 Yamaha MT-07’s DOHC twin-cylinder CP2 motor gets a smoothed-out power delivery. At the start, the intake ducts have been redesigned. From there, the EFI settings have been tweaked for a less abrupt power delivery as you crack the throttle at low engine speeds. Finally, the exhaust is now a 2-into-1 design with the catalytic converter moved toward the headers. As before, the torque peak comes at 6500 rpm, and the 270-degree crank is untouched.
Motor durability has been increased thanks to new valve seats.
The transmission’s dog gears have new cut angles. According to Yamaha, this will improve the feel of gear changes. The clutch is unchanged, and still doesn’t have assist or slipper functions.
Yamaha has upped the stopping power. A pair of 298mm discs replace the 282mm units from the previous iteration of the MT-07. Nissin calipers do the grasping chores.
The new tapered handlebar has a bend that is taller and wider. This should give the 2021 Yamaha MT-07 a bit more of a supermoto feel, as the grips are one-and-a-quarter inches farther apart and three-quarters of an inch higher.
The styling and graphics have been massaged. The first thing we noticed is the new header guard. It looks distracting in the photo, so we’d be searching for a carbon fiber replacement immediately. The headlight is much smaller than before, and now an LED, as are the turn signals and running lights. Look a bit more closely, and the tank/intake/knee-grip unit is entirely new, with a more modern look. There’s also an angular black guard for the radiator. Matt Raven Black and Team Yamaha Blue return with new graphics, and darker Strom Fluo replaces Ice Fluo. Without a doubt, the new styling emphasizes Yamaha’s commitment to the Dark Side of Japan theme.
There’s a new display. It remains an LCD, but with a new arrangement of information. Additionally, a thumb switch on the left handlebar scrolls through various readouts. The multi-color tachometer bar and gear-position indicator are fixed at the top.
The new $7699 MSRP represents a price increase of $100 for the 2021 Yamaha MT-07.
2021 Yamaha MT-07 SpecsENGINE
Type: CP2 parallel twin
Bore x stroke: 80.0 x 68.6mm
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Clutch: Web multiplate
Final drive: Chain
Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable 41mm KYB fork; 5.1 inches
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This week, in the first segment Editor Don Williams talks to us about the new Kawasaki Versys 650 LT. It’s the middleweight ADV style machine that uses the same 650 parallel twin motor as the Ninja 650, so it’s an excellent performer in a user-friendly, good looking package.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my dearest industry friends—now retired Honda PR executive, Jon Seidel. Jon’s fascinating career spans some 30 years with Big Red, and gave him some great experiences with some incredible machines. I was fortunate enough to be invited on many of the press launches that he organized. His new project is documenting and saving many of the old archives from years gone by—and incidentally, if you have anything that may be of value to the project, please contact us by email at email@example.com and we’ll pass it all on to Jon.
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