2015 Yamaha MT-07: LAMS Review

Date 30.6.2015

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Big-Bore LAMS Test

Learner riders now have great choice with the second generation of large-capacity LAMS bikes. Motorcycle Trader took seven contenders on a 1500km round trip with surprising results. Read the intro here.

Contender #7: Yamaha MT-07

Built in Japan to meet Australia’s 150kW-per-tonne limit for learner bikes, the MT-07 engine pumps out a high 57.5Nm at just 4000rpm. It’s the lightest bike in its class and among the most fuel efficient. It’s also exceptional value-for-money.

ON THE ROAD

The bike everyone was most keen to ride was the Yamaha MT-07 which arrived just in time for the photo shoot and spent the rest of the day being thrashed without mercy by the guest testers.

It’s the hero bike of the moment and it deserves the attention it’s getting. It’s arguably the complete package with great performance and an ease-of-riding previously unknown in its class.

It produces the most torque of the group and it produces it at just 4000rpm with plenty available at even lower revs. It’s easy to ride, predictable, fast if you want it to be and looks like it’s from Mad Max Fury Road. On top of that, it’s among the most comfortable of the bikes.

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The overall performance champ of the group is the Triumph 660, closely followed (and occasionally beaten) by the slightly more versatile Yamaha MT-07. Anyone who buys either of these bikes will never be disappointed. Both of them get the idea of LAMS and have provided excellent pathways for new riders to discover the pleasure of two wheels.

If you buy either of these bikes, you’ll always be a rider.

The choice between them may be price-based, of course, along with your own emphasis on performance and practicality. It has to be said that the MT-07 at $8999 plus on-roads is exceptional value for money.

What really matters about the performance of all of the test bikes is, at normal road speeds, they all have plenty in reserve for overtaking and it makes them safer in that they can do it quickly with composure.

STYLING

When the subject of styling came up, two of the bikes in the group truly embrace modernity: Triumph’s 660 and Yamaha’s MT-07. Like them or not, both represent current thinking in the styling department, with the MT-07 being arguably the most modern.

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Older members of the MT crew preferred the Kawasaki and the Suzuki to the moderns but what everyone was unanimous about, though, was, for new riders, the old-fashioned analogue dials were much easier to read than the ‘modern’ digital ones. Riders were particularly critical of the Ducati and Yamaha.

In the right lighting, information was clear but, on the road, you hardly ever get the right ambient light.

Read more on the LAMS review contenders:

LAMS review intro
Ducati Monster 659
Triumph Street Triple 660
CFMoto 650NKS
Suzuki Gladius 650
Benelli BN600S
Kawasaki ER-6nL


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