Yamaha MT-07 0-60 mph 3.73 Seconds
Yamaha scored when they released the MT-07 as it has been hugely popular with first-time and experienced riders of all ages. Yamaha likely took a leaf out Suzuki’s book after Suzuki’s massive success with the SV650, a bike that was light and powerful, had an evocative twin cylinder engine that made all of the right noises and punched hard when asked.
While mimicking the general theme from Suzuki’s SV650 engine, Yamaha went a slightly different route with the less favourable parallel twin engine configuration. Interestingly, just like their TRX850 from the 90s and even Yamaha’s current Flagship YZF-R1, and MT-10 Yamaha changed the fire order of 689 cc parallel twin water-cooled engine resulting in a change of the sound that injected more character from what are normally arguably bland sounding engines.
While it is not quite as delightful as a sporty L-twin in my opinion, the 270° firing order gives the engine an incredibly unique character that is very enjoyable.
Yamaha’s ‘Crossplane’ design sees the crank pins offset from each other by 90° – simply put this layout reduces the inertia caused by the pistons, connecting rods and cranks, allowing the rider to feel more of the torque generated by combustion; it feels ‘lumpier’ and more ‘characterful’ and certainly more desirable than a conventional parallel 2 engine.
Most importantly at least for me is that it sounds considerably nicer than a typical parallel twin.
Stock, the 689 cc engine is not the best sounding, and at idle and low speed it’s a bit cement mixer sounding, but work, load and drive the engine hard and it becomes appealing and guttural. With a free-flowing exhaust, they do sound pretty apocalyptic.
Yamaha MT-07 DynoYamaha MT-07 Dyno CUrve
The MT-07 engine performance is particularly good for the class, though it’s not the most powerful.
The MT-07 occupies many classes dependent on your region and licencing laws but would mostly be compared to motorcycles directly in its class, such as the SV650X, Z650 or CB650R but would also be compared against larger bikes including Yamaha’s own FZ8 and MT-09 as well as Suzuki’s GSR 750 and so on.
The MT-07 is up against a whole host of bikes but holds its own quite respectively
As mentioned, engine performance is not class leading, nor can it compete against larger bikes that the MT-07 is often compared with. If you have ever ridden an SV650 then you’ll know generally what to expect from the MT-07, though the MT-07 actually makes more power and torque through the range and only losing out the SV650 between 8000 rpm and 10000 rpm.
Think of the MT-07 as ‘gruntier’ and less rev dependent version of an SV650 with in-gear performance awfully close, even with the SV650 having slightly lower overall gearing.
Peak power is a very respectable 70 hp delivered at 9000 rpm, with peak torque coming in at 47 lb/ft at 6500 rpm. Peak power is a little down on the SV650 and many of its rivals such has the CB650R and its dressed sister that shares the same engine – the CBR650R but due to the MT-07’s great spread of power and torque, the motor never feels lacking on most of the kind of roads that you’ll be riding on alone or with your friends.
Here we compare the CBR650R with the MT-07
Yamaha MT-07 Acceleration ReviewYamaha MT-07 Acceleration
Now to the interesting part. The Yamaha MT-07 is a solid performer with particularly good acceleration below 100 mph. Like all motorcycles with this class of power they will never set the world on fire above 100 mph but anything under a ton and there is more than enough acceleration performance to match most bikes and embarrass most sports cars.
The MT-07 does 0-60 mph in only 3.73 seconds and would be faster as it needs a gear change into second not to mention the fact that it wants to constantly wheelie.
The MT-07’s 0-100 km/h time is achieved in 3.85 seconds.
The MT-07 keeps pulling well and hits 100 mph in only 8.10 seconds. With a great launch, light rider and stars aligned, the MT-07 can creep under 12 seconds for the quarter mile with our best time of 11.973 an impressive 115.8 mph terminal speed. Very impressive for a motorcycle that is considered learner friendly and is naked, though dipping under 12 is absolute optimum with a lightweight rider and a perfect launch and shifts etc.
Most average weight competent riders will be in the mid to high twelves and at around 110 mph terminal speed.
|Yamaha MT-07 Acceleration|
Keep feeding the MT-07 gears and eventually you will hit 133.6 mph though as the MT-07 is a naked motorcycle, your top speed results may vary dependent on how large you are, how effective your tuck is and if you have a favourable or unfavourable condition.
For best acceleration results you should not rev-out the MT-07 motor at or close to the redline as you’ll hurt your acceleration times.
On a stock motor, you should change up between 9700-9800 rpm in first 3 gears and 9500 rpm in 4th and 5th.
This is important as power tails off drastically to the point where you produce more acceleration thrust changing up a gear which is demonstrated by our below thrust curve where you can see overlap between gears.Yamaha MT-07 THrust Curve
Yamaha MT-07 is a strong performer that makes the best of its 70 hp. It is an incredibly fun machine that will put a smile on your face while also being a worthy weekend scratcher.
Yamaha MT-07 Specifications
|Engine type:||2-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves|
|Compression:||11.5 : 1|
|Bore x stroke:||80.0 mm x 68.6 mm|
|Frame type:||Steel diamond|
|Front Suspension||41mm KYB telescopic forks, no adjustment, 130mm travel|
|Rear suspension:||KYB shock with linkage, adjustable for preload and rebound damping, 130mm travel|
|Front brakes:||Double disc|
|Rear brakes:||Single disc|
|Weights and Measurements|
|Seat height:||805 mm|
|Overall height:||1090 mm|
|Overall length:||2085 mm|
|Overall width:||745 mm|