2020 Yamaha MT-07 Preview

A Hyper Naked Yamaha twin? Yes, please!

The 2020 Yamaha MT-07 features a peppy 689cc, liquid-cooled, inline twin-cylinder, DOHC engine with fuel injection utilizing the crossplane crank technology to create a unique sound and plenty of low- to midrange torque.Yamaha Motor Corporation

Think of the Yamaha MT-07 as the gateway motorcycle for the dark, exciting realm of the Hyper Naked class. With a consumer-friendly MSRP of $7,599, a new rider can get a tuned fun twin-cylinder engine that pumps out 50 pound-feet of torque, nestled within a steel trellis-style frame and wrapped in good-looking bodywork. Oh, it also comes with standard ABS.

Since most new riders don't tend to fiddle with the suspension too much, Yamaha has elected to utilize a nonadjustable 41mm telescopic fork on the MT-07. A horizontally mounted Monocross rear shock offers compression and preload adjustability to accommodate changes necessary to carry a passenger or gear. The goal was to keep the MT-07 simple to own, easy to use, and fun to ride.

Part of the fun is a result of the comfortable riding position that comes courtesy of the tall one-piece handlebar, cozy seat, and relaxed riding position. The bodywork is all Hyper Naked style as well thanks to a large, bright headlight, the signature intake vents and slim design of the fuel tank. The twin-cylinder engine is slim and compact which allows the MT-07 to feel even lighter than it is despite tipping the scales at just 403 pounds full of fluids.

The appeal of the MT-07 is its simple combination of a lightweight, fun, powerful engine and modern good looks. It’s no secret that the MT-series is targeting these aspects of the riding experience, and from this vantage point, it seems to be paying off. The MT-07 will be offered in Ice Fluo, Matte Raven Black, and Team Yamaha Blue, and is available now at Yamaha dealers across the US.

The 2020 Yamaha MT-07 is built around a lightweight, high-strength steel frame that provides a combination of rigidity and balance that helps this Hyper Naked handle with very little effort.Yamaha Motor Corporation

2020 Yamaha MT-07 Specifications

PRICE $7,599
ENGINE 689cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled 4-stroke; 8 valves
BORE x STROKE 80.0 x 68.6mm
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection w/ YCC-T
CLUTCH Wet multiplate clutch
FRAME Steel trellis
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm telescopic fork; 5.1-in travel
REAR SUSPENSION Single link-type Monocross shock, adjustable for preload and rebound damping; 5.1-in travel
FRONT BRAKE Dual 282mm hydraulic disc; ABS
REAR BRAKE 245mm hydraulic disc; ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Cast aluminum
TIRES, FRONT/REAR TBD; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
RAKE/TRAIL 24.8°/3.5 in.
WHEELBASE 55.1 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 31.7 in.
WARRANTY 1-year limited warranty
AVAILABLE November 2019
CONTACT yamahamotorsports.com
Front suspension on the 2020 Yamaha MT-07 comes courtesy of a 41mm fork with 5.1 inches of travel. Although it is nonadjustable, Yamaha has selected spring rates and damping settings to optimize the bike’s handling.Yamaha Motor Corporation
An LCD instrument panel includes a bar-type tachometer display with gear position indicator, digital speedometer, odometer, dual tripmeters, fuel gauge, fuel reserve tripmeter, clock, instant and average fuel consumption, plus an array range of warning and indicator lights.Yamaha Motor Corporation
The 2020 Yamaha MT-07 engine makes 50 pound-feet of torque which helps it offer plenty of usable power in real-world situations.Yamaha Motor Corporation
The MT-07 features a similar angular headlight, intake scoops, sleek fuel tank cover, and a layered tail design with a bright LED taillight.Yamaha Motor Corporation
A slim 3.7-gallon fuel tank is compact but also provides plenty of comfort around the knee grip area. The rider can cling to this bike like spider monkey as they dart in and out of traffic, or navigate tight turns in the canyons.Yamaha Motor Corporation
The riding position on the MT-07 is a balance between sporty handling and rider comfort. It doesn’t hurt that the wide, flat two-piece saddle and passenger seat are nicely padded.Yamaha Motor Corporation
The side intake covers, angular bodywork, and narrow chassis are all appealing pieces of the incredible overall package that is the 2020 Yamaha MT-07 motorcycle.Yamaha Motor Corporation
Wheelbase, seat height, fuel tank width, rake, and other dimensions of the 2020 Yamaha MT-07 are designed to work with the compact twin-cylinder engine to create a riding experience that is bigger than the bike itself.Yamaha Motor Corporation
The MT-07 engine is used as a stressed member of the chassis which allows the frame design to be very lightweight. It tips the scales at just 403 pounds.Yamaha Motor Corporation
Front brake components include a pair of wave-style 282mm discs with four-piston calipers. ABS comes standard on the 2020 MT-07 as well.Yamaha Motor Corporation
One of the overlooked components of the Yamaha MT-07 is the lightweight 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels. Their light design reduces unsprung weight, which improves the neutral handling.Yamaha Motor Corporation