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Yamaha updates MT-07 naked bike

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Yamaha’s just announced some updates to the MT-07 naked bike, although it doesn’t appear to be changing much for next year.

The Yamaha announcement says there’s new bodywork for 2021 (see it in the photo above), but the engine itself is mostly the same. It’s still a 689cc liquid-cooled parallel twin, updated to be Euro5-compliant, thanks to new air intake and EFI settings. There’s also a new ECU and 2-1 exhaust. Yamaha says this all works together to make for more linear engine response “while maintaining the performance character that has made the MT-07 a fan favourite.” The torque curve on the updated engine is supposed to be more smooth, with max torque of 49.4 pound-feet at 6,500 rpm and max horsepower at 9,000 rpm. Mysteriously, the Yamaha press release does not tell us what that peak horsepower numbers actually is for 2021 …

Elsewhere, there’s new bodywork, all still in that “Dark Side Of Japan” mold, with inspiration supposedly taken from Japanese moto subcultures. Along with updated plastics, there’s a new LED headlight, new LCD gauges and new LED turn signals. Yamaha also put new 298mm dual disc brakes on the bike, and a wider handlebar. The riding position is now supposed to be “more comfortable and assertive.” Combined with that wider handlebar, this should all make the MT-07 easier to muscle through gridlock, not that it was ever a slouch before.

Yamaha’s press release makes no mention of similar updates to the XSR700 and Tenere 700 adventure bike, but all the machines will eventually need to meet Euro5 standards. The MT-07 has US MSRP at $7,699 for 2021; in Canada, it’s set at $8,799, and is expected at dealers in February.

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