The 2022 Yamaha MT-07 is a highly versatile motorcycle that also provides a fun ride. The heart of the MT-07 is a 689cc parallel twin that produces excellent power throughout the rev range. It’s happy to torque around in the city, and then rev up for canyon strafing.A sportbike at heart, the Yamaha MT-07 all excels as an urban motorcycle. Its agreeable motor, 406-pound curb weight, and 55.1-inch wheelbase make it highly maneuverable in tight spots. If you’re looking for sporty performance, the chassis is well-matched to the motor, and the aggressive 24.8 degrees of rake and Michelin Road 5 tires give the MT-07 great turn-in through the twisties. The suspension is basic, with the KYB fork offering no adjustments, though the shock allows adjustment to the rebound damping and spring-preload.
The 2022 Yamaha MT-07 enjoyed some updates over the previous year’s unit. The fuel delivery has been refined to match the new exhaust system, and there are new valve seats in the head. The handlebar got wider and higher for a more upright seating position. The lighting is now fully LED, and the LCD dash has a new display. Also, the plastic and graphics are massaged for 2022, making this the best MT-07 yet.
Hello everyone and welcome once again to the Ultimate Motorcycling podcast—Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
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In this week’s first segment, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the BMW K 1600 GT. This is the sporty bagger version of BMW’s K series of machines, those are the models with the awesome 6-cylinder engine. The GT has been given a little makeover for 2023, and Nic gives us his take.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my all time heroes—three-time World Champion racer ‘fast’ Freddie Spencer. I’ll do my best not to come off as too much of a fanboy here, but frankly it’ll be tough!
In my humble opinion, Spencer is a contender for the GOAT—greatest of all time. Sure, his career was a little shorter than some, and his number of championships falls behind the likes of Lawson, Doohan, Rossi, and of course Marquez. But at the time, Freddie literally changed the way motorcycles were ridden. 30 years before Marc Marquez, Freddie was able to push the front wheel into a slide, corner after corner, lap after lap in order to get the bike turned faster than anyone else. Freddie took completely different lines and was able to get on the throttle so early he could out accelerate anyone off a corner.
In the modern era, of course Freddie is the chairman of the FIM MotoGP Stewards panel. This is the panel of referees for all three classes of Grand prix racing. I talked to Freddie about his task there, and although for contractual reasons with Dorna and the FIM he cannot talk about specific riders, teams, or events, nevertheless his explanation of the job makes for interesting listening. It’s a tough job, and frankly I wouldn’t want to do it!
Actually—Ultimate Motorcycling is giving away five copies of the book—signed by Freddie himself—to the first five listeners who contact us with the correct answer to the question: How many national AMA championships did Freddie win, and which years were they?
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So, from all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!