Yamaha MT 07 ABS (2015-2017)

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#1 Post by elizabethf » Fri Mar 15, 2019 11:11 am

So, Ive owned this bike for just over a week now, and have ridden it nearly every day. So I thought seeing as no-one else has done a review on the 07 (madness) Id have a crack. Im not technical in the slightest so see this as a review from a complete noob, i suspect this might be quite telling though of how good/bad a bike is!

I shall revisit this thread in 2 months, to give a much better overview too as there's still a lot I havent done with this bike yet.

Background on me: recently passed test so quite green. Rode a couple of bikes for the MODs, including an SV and a Gladius. Disliked the latter, got on well with the former. I'm only 5'3 but I have long legs so there are no modifications to my MT. It's mainly been used for city commuting so far.

What model was it? Mine is the late 2015 model, which I believe ran through until 2017. Mine is silver with the beautiful Yamaha Racing Blue. 689cc, 74bhp.

When did you buy it and how much did it cost? Bought 2 weeks ago at a cost of £4k. 7k miles on the clock, no damages.

Good points? Where to begin, nice and lightweight so easy to move around both in and out of the seat so great for cornering. It has a comfortable, upright position. Looks nice. Runs really smoothly, pulls nicely along as well, and you could easily move quickly out of danger if need be - there's some decent power in there. It's been described as quite 'torquey' and I can see why. If you are used to doing tasks like filtering on a 125 or parking it in narrow spots, it doesn't feel like a big jump between the two as its a good, compact bike for city commutes. The dash is pretty easy to follow and glance at. Comfy seat. I pretty much always jump off with a smile on my face.

In my opinion this is a great first 'big bike' or a general purpose bike if you're more seasoned but dont want to do basic rides (sch as commuting) on you sportsbike, tourer or anything else more meaty. For beginners it's light and extremely forgiving, making you feel safer, building your confidence now you're on your own, and possibly less likely to drop it/dump it/come off so soon - ABS for added safety, not that I've tested it! For other bikers its a general purpose bike that isn't too boring. Plus being light you could probably pop wheelies on it really easy :lol:

Added bonus is (not sure about newer model though as I suspect it's wider) the seat is tapered so if you have short legs, you can shuffle further forward and are likely to reach the floor ok. :thumb:

Bad points? The factory fitted exhaust is very quiet, so other motorists might not hear you and therefore not see/look for you. One thing that took a while getting used to was how close the indicators are to the horn - not sure if that has been improved in newer models. I believe the suspension has been improved in newer models. There *could* be an issue down the line with rust being a naked, but nothing good maintenance can't keep on top of.

Would you get another? Im still fairly new to the A licence so Id probably still experiment on other bikes 'just in case' but for my general daily rides I would not be devastated if the 07 was all I could have again. If I totalled it tomorrow and have £4k in my pocket to buy a new bike, Id probably just go buy another MT lol.
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#2 Post by learningtofly » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:26 pm

Nice review, thank you. The 07 was my first thought too, but I eventually got sucked I to the modern classic thing and then went on to another Triumph. I'm sure had I gone you're route I'd have been entirely happy, though.

Sounds like it's comfortable for filtering, too, which is a must for me.

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#3 Post by MikeHorton » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:23 pm

Elizabeth I'm glad ur pleased with ur purchase. I think from all of what I've heard yamaha have really got the nail on the head with the mt07 and tracer great engine and price very versatile twin, I think for the money you would be hard pressed to beat it. I know people rave about the 790 duke but it costs a lot more.
I love the mt09 and tracer 9 lovely triple.i hope you keep enjoying it, that's what it's all about.

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#4 Post by elizabethf » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:33 pm

MikeHorton wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:23 pm
Elizabeth I'm glad ur pleased with ur purchase. I think from all of what I've heard yamaha have really got the nail on the head with the mt07 and tracer great engine and price very versatile twin, I think for the money you would be hard pressed to beat it. I know people rave about the 790 duke but it costs a lot more.
I love the mt09 and tracer 9 lovely triple.i hope you keep enjoying it, that's what it's all about.
I'd love a tracer at some point as well! my 07 is the stepping stone to bigger things. That being said Id struggle to part with it, we seem to get on pretty well haha.

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#5 Post by elizabethf » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:50 pm

This guy does a really great review that I would echo:


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#6 Post by MikeHorton » Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:26 pm

elizabethf wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:33 pm
MikeHorton wrote:
Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:23 pm
Elizabeth I'm glad ur pleased with ur purchase. I think from all of what I've heard yamaha have really got the nail on the head with the mt07 and tracer great engine and price very versatile twin, I think for the money you would be hard pressed to beat it. I know people rave about the 790 duke but it costs a lot more.
I love the mt09 and tracer 9 lovely triple.i hope you keep enjoying it, that's what it's all about.
I'd love a tracer at some point as well! my 07 is the stepping stone to bigger things. That being said Id struggle to part with it, we seem to get on pretty well haha.
That's the same as me with my RE Himalayan I can't part with it but may well make an addition to the garage next year

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#7 Post by elizabethf » Thu May 09, 2019 4:18 pm

So I said I'd come back to this when Id had more time with it and I have to say I still love it just as much.

It feels good at fast speeds, and due to the torque you set off around others in quite an quick and impressive manner (well I think). The only downside is to really push it you are best leaning forward rather than staying sat upright and if there is a bit of wind or gusts then it reaaaaally sucks to be on a national speed limit or motorway.

Fuel economy = good enough. I can manage about 160 miles until im down to the last bar - ive never got to the stage where's it's flashing at me to fill up! That said, that's if Im riding 'economically' :angel12: position and the seat comfort means I dont ache the next day if Ive been riding all day :)

I have since changed the exhaust to a scorpion and it has a nice grumble to it now.

Cornering - really easy, if anything my own confidence holds the bike back but that will come with time.

I still say if you're fresh out of the test centre this is what you need to seriously consider. If you're small, seriously consider. If you want a light commuter but not a small engine (eg 300cc mark), then again, consider.

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#8 Post by xMachina » Thu May 09, 2019 4:49 pm

elizabethf wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 4:18 pm
if there is a bit of wind or gusts then it reaaaaally sucks to be on a national speed limit or motorway.
There's times I curse having a naked. Usually on rides when I've gone out with a tailwind I was unaware of and then had to ride home getting battered! :lol:

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#9 Post by elizabethf » Thu May 09, 2019 8:28 pm

xMachina wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 4:49 pm
elizabethf wrote:
Thu May 09, 2019 4:18 pm
if there is a bit of wind or gusts then it reaaaaally sucks to be on a national speed limit or motorway.
There's times I curse having a naked. Usually on rides when I've gone out with a tailwind I was unaware of and then had to ride home getting battered! :lol:
I know Im usually knackered by the time i get home fighting it! plus its harder to really accelerate the bike.... if you catch my drift :angel12:

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#10 Post by Richzx6r » Thu May 09, 2019 9:47 pm

Nice little write up there beth :oops: will have to arrange the ride out soon, tho Emma has fallen off the face of the planet it seems
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#11 Post by elizabethf » Fri May 10, 2019 9:40 am

Beth ;) Im not a Liz (but if people accidentally call me Liz I won't be rude and ignore you....honest!)

Yeah, will have to drop her a PM and see if everything is alright.

Are you doing Pulse of the Moors at the weekend?

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#12 Post by Shadow125 » Sun May 19, 2019 6:41 pm

I took my lessons and test on the MT07.
Excellent bike, given it was my first time ever on a big bike I took to it right away and got on excellent with it
Having just passed Mod 2 I am keen to test ride as many different styles of bikes as possible to see what takes my fancy but I wouldn’t take much persuading to go for the MT07

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#13 Post by skyrider » Sun May 19, 2019 7:56 pm

elizabeth likes hers so maybe you should give one to a good home :lol:

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#14 Post by elizabethf » Sun May 19, 2019 8:00 pm

skyrider wrote:
Sun May 19, 2019 7:56 pm
elizabeth likes hers so maybe you should give one to a good home :lol:
....no-one's having mine!

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#15 Post by skyrider » Sun May 19, 2019 8:05 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol: thought not