Yamaha’s sensible naked bike, the MT-07, gets some minor updates for 2023. No major hard parts are overhauled, but the rider experience should be better, thanks to these tweaks.
Most noticeable is the new 5-inch TFT screen, with choice of Street or Touring displays. Yamaha’s press release says “The Street Theme is a more modern looking layout with a bar-type tachometer at the top and digital speedo and gear selection readouts, while the Touring Theme has a more conventional circular analogue-style tachometer on the right of the screen and digital speedometer on the left.” Riders can also download the free Y-Connect app to integrate their smartphone to the TFT, allowing for further infotainment capability. This allows the rider to view incoming call, text and email notifications. Although the press release does not say so, presumably there will be some sort of music playback control through the TFT as well—if not now, then in the future.
The MT-07 is also pre-wired from the factory for a quickshifter, offering clutchless upshifts (not downshifts). With the wiring already built-in, installing the quickshifter itself is now a quick plug-and-play operation.
Aside from these updates, it seems the MT-07 is the same basic machine for 2023, with liquid-cooled 689cc CP2 parallel twin engine and edgy naked styling. As usual these days, Yamaha doesn’t give us the horsepower rating, but tells us the machine has “Maximum torque of 49.4 ft-lb produced at 6,500 rpm.” Taking a spin around the interwebs, we see the engine should make about 72 hp in its current guise.
Asking price is $9,999 before you add taxes and dealership fees. For 2023, available colours are Cyan Storm, Team Yamaha Blue and Matte Raven Black. Find more information at Yamaha’s Canadian website here.