EICMA 2013: 2014 Yamaha MT-07 And MT-09 Street Rally
Yamaha teased us with the “Rise Up Your Darkness” campaign, first introducing the FZ-09 (called the MT-09 in Europe) and its three-cylinder engine packaged in a naked frame. Now Yamaha has introduced the next motorcycle in the Darkness collection, the MT-07, effectively the MT/FZ-09’s little brother.
Designed to “bring fun, affordability and enjoyment back to the street,” the MT-07 is powered by a brand new, 689cc parallel-Twin with 270-degree crank incorporating Yamaha’s “crossplane philosophy” of developing linear torque for smoother power application. Yamaha claims 73.8 hp and 50.2 ft.-lbs. of torque from the little Twin.
For easy maneuverability, the new MT-07 runs with a slim steel backbone-type frame that utilizes the new engine as a stressed member. Wheelbase is a tight 55.1 inches. Considering the budget-minded goals for the MT-07, it’s equipped with a basic fork and brake setup. The former appears to be non-adjustable, while the latter is not radially mounted and mated to 282mm discs in front. With these price concessions in mind, ride quality should be comfortable like the FZ-09, and we expect brake performance to be decent at best.
From a styling standpoint, the new MT-07 is characterized by its mass-forward design that emphasizes its athletic build and tempts the rider to act like a hooligan. The slim fuel tank accentuates the bike’s compact looks, while the air scoops and aluminum side covers give the MT a sporty image.
With its angular mirrors, LED tail light and mass-forward body design, it’s clear the MT-07 was modeled after its bigger 850cc 3-cylinder MT-09 sibling. Other family features include the lightweight cast aluminum 10-spoke wheels as well as the Z-shape formed by the air intake-style scoops and the exhaust down pipes.
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Yamaha is aiming the MT-07 as a fun, affordable, fuel-efficient, do-everything motorcycle and is offering it in five colors: Deep Armor, Matt Grey, Competition White, Race Blu, and Racing Red. Pricing has not been confirmed, nor whether we will see the MT-07 in America.
Stealing some of the spotlight away from the MT-07 is the MT-09 Street Rally edition, which infuses some supermoto cues into the already enjoyable MT-09 package.
For a more aggressive image the Street Rally is finished in Tech Graphite with bold graphics, and features an exclusive range of body components – including a headlight cover, fuel tank shrouds, side number plates, fork covers and knuckle guards. Wider footrests, a slimmer seat and engine underguard complete this motard package.
Lightweight designs are used throughout, and to achieve a low unsprung weight the MT-09 Street Rally is fitted with all-new 10-spoke alloy wheels.
Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at Motorcycle.com in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.
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