More news from Milan includes the Yamaha MT-07, a 689cc parallel twin that weighs only 394 pounds (wet, with a full tank of gas). At this point it appears to be a European model, not coming to the US.
Following the FZ-09 that we enjoyed so much, the MT-07 (will there eventually be a U.S. model FZ-07?) offers the same sort of uncluttered, basic riding goodness. By comparison, it makes more power and torque (on paper, at least) than the healthy Kawasaki Ninja 650, but it has a curb weight 66 pounds lighter.
Here are all the details from Yamaha:
Exciting, accessible and affordable
The affordable new MT-07 is going to introduce newly qualified riders to everything that is best about real motorcycling – and it’s also ready to remind those more experienced riders what they’ve been missing for all these years.
Our designers have focused on the things that really matter to riders. So they developed an economical 689cc inline 2-cylinder engine that produces more riding excitement per cc thanks to its deep and linear torque at low to mid speeds.
And for instant controllability and easy handling we’ve equipped this accessible new naked bike with one of the lightest, slimmest and most agile chassis designs in the class.
All-new 689cc inline 2-cylinder engine
What gives the new MT-07 such a special character is its all-new 689cc inline 2-cylinder engine which has been developed using Yamaha’s ‘crossplane philosophy’. With an uneven firing interval, the 270-degree crank gives a strong feeling of acceleration and great traction, and the deep linear torque ensures outstanding performance.
Light and slim tubular backbone frame
For easy manoeuvrability and remarkable agility, the new MT-07 runs with a light and slim steel backbone-type frame that utilizes the new engine as a stressed member. Combined with its compact wheelbase and plush suspension systems, this strong and light chassis gives a responsive and engaging ride.
Engineered for optimum riding enjoyment
This exciting new addition to the MT range has been designed to deliver high levels of riding enjoyment together with a feeling of instant controllability. Chassis dimensions and weight distribution have been carefully set to maximize the enjoyment felt during acceleration and give the rider a connected feel with the motorcycle.
Responsive performance with affordability and economy
With its all-new liquid-cooled engine, lightweight backbone frame and cutting edge style, the MT-07 is a remarkably versatile naked bike that succeeds in combining responsive performance with an affordable price and outstanding fuel economy – making it an ideal motorcycle for both newer and returning riders.
Mass-forward design and sculpted body
The new MT-07 is characterized by its mass-forward design that emphasizes its athletic build and creates an immediate feeling of power. The slim fuel tank accentuates the bike’s compact looks and offers excellent knee grip – while the lightweight air scoops and aluminium side covers give the MT a sporty and purposeful image.
Characteristic MT-styling features
With its angular mirrors, LED tail light and mass-forward body design, there’s no mistaking the MT-07’s resemblance to the bigger 850cc 3-cylinder MT-09. Other family features include the lightweight cast aluminium 10-spoke wheels as well as the Z-shape formed by the air intake-style scoops and the exhaust down pipes.
|Bore x stroke||80.0 mm x 68.6 mm|
|Compression ratio||11.5 : 1|
|Maximum power||55.0 kW (74.8PS) @ 9,000 rpm|
|Maximum Torque||68.0 Nm (6.9 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm|
|Lubrication system||Wet sump|
|Transmission system||Constant Mesh|
|Front suspension system||Telescopic forks|
|Front travel||130 mm|
|Rear suspension system||Swingarm|
|Rear Travel||130 mm|
|Front brake||Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 282 mm|
|Rear brake||Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm|
|Front tyre||120/70 ZR 17M/C(58W) (Tubeless)|
|Rear tyre||180/55 ZR 17M/C(73W) (Tubeless)|
|Overall length||2,085 mm|
|Overall width||745 mm|
|Overall height||1,090 mm|
|Seat height||805 mm|
|Wheel base||1,400 mm|
|Minimum ground clearance||140 mm|
|Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)||179 kg / ABS 182 kg|
|Fuel tank capacity||14 L|
|Oil tank capacity||3.0 L|