Yamaha MT-07 updated with new bodywork and lighting, revised engine

Yamaha’s just announced its updated-for-2021 MT-07 naked bike, with some bits and pieces updated, but no massive revisions for next season.

The impending switch to the Euro5 emissions standards means all the OEMs are scrambling to update their motorcycles, and Yamaha’s no different. The Yamaha announcement says the MT-07 gets a revised intake, exhaust, ECU and fuel injection system, all changes that are likely aimed at reducing tailpipe emissions.

There’s no mention of the engine’s revised horsepower figure, just a note that max torque hits at 6,500 rpm, and with peak horsepower at 9,000 rpm. Currently, the engine is rated for max torque of 49.4 pound-feet. Yamaha also says the updated engine has smoother, more linear power delivery.

A new LCD gauge. Not quite as flash as a TFT screen, but everything you need.

Elsewhere, Yamaha put a new LCD gauge on the MT-07, with coloured accents. There’s a new LED headlight and signals, and new, wider handlebar. Yamaha also says the riding position is more assertive and comfortable; that’s probably due to the new handlebar, since there’s no mention of new footpegs.

Yamaha also put new 298mm front brake discs on the MT-07, although the rear brake seems unchanged. 

Ah yes, that “Dark Side Of Japan” look returns. 

Finally, the MT-07 gets a visual makeover. Yamaha’s still very keen on this edgy “Dark Side Of Japan” styling, it seems.

Yamaha says the new MT-07 will be here in Canada in February, with pricing starting at $8,799—a reasonable price tag, but Triumph’s new Trident will be strong competition for this and similar bikes in this category, with its own $8,999 price tag and list of premium features.

For more photos and details on the updated MT, check out Yamaha’s website.

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