2021 Yamaha MT-07 has been unveiled for global markets, just weeks after revealing the new MT-09. In case they look familiar, well they are because the new Yamaha MT-07 also gets revised new design language that looks friendlier than the Samurai themed alien face on the older models. The new mono LED headlamp comes with LED daytime running lights on either side, while the LED bits have been extended to the indicators and the taillight as well. The motorcycle also comes revised fuel tank, side panels and tail section, all of which make the motorcycle sportier than before.
The 2021 Yamaha MT-07 has also been updated with a digital instrument console but the unit is still LCD and not TFT, like much of its competition. The bike also continues to retain the diamond frame underneath, while the suspension set-up remains the same as well with telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear. Braking performance comes from 298 mm dual discs at the front and a single 282 mm disc at the rear. Dual-channel ABs is part of the package. However, Yamaha has upgraded the tyres to new Michelin Road 5 that should offer better traction on a motorcycle.
The new 2021 Yamaha MT-07 is powered by a heavily updated 680 cc parallel-twin cylinder engine. The new motor gets 270-degree firing order and develops 73.4PS and 67Nm of peak torque. The new motor is now Euro5 compliant for Europe, which means the engine will also be able to meet BS6 emission norms in India. We’ll get to that bit later. On the global spec model, power figures have been dropped by 1.4Ps and 1Nm over the older model. Yamaha also says the engine has been tuned for linear power delivery, which should make friends for new riders.
All the enhancements have made the 2021 Yamaha MT-07 heavier by 1.3kg and the streetfighter now has a kerb weight of 184kg. The seat height measures at 805mm. The new MT-07 will hit the European showrooms by March 2021 and the bike will make its way to other countries soon after. The motorcycle will be priced around $7,700 (around Rs. 5.45 lakh) in Europe.
And, Yes! To that BS6 compliant bit then. The 2021 Yamaha MT-07 will be a nice rival to the Triumph Street Triple R, Ducati Monster 797, Kawasaki Z650 and even the upcoming Triumph Trident 660. However, it’s unlikely the MT-07 will make it to Indian showrooms soon. Yamaha Motor India seems not too keen on expanding its premium line-up and barring the “really big” bikes, we are unlikely to see the brand fill up its middle order, despite some really lucrative options available in its global line-up. On the other hand, the MT-09 was previously on sale in India, and we are likely to see this model on sale in India again possibly next year.