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The Yamaha MT-07 gets a much-needed refresh for 2021

The dark side of Japan just got a little bit darker.


2021 Yamaha MT-07

Fans of the Yamaha MT-07 would undoubtedly agree that the mid-sized Master of Torque was beginning to look a little long in the tooth. What with most of its modern-styled competitors now sporting LED headlights, and even swanky full-color TFT displays. That being said, it would appear that Yamaha has succumbed to the qualms of its fans. Releasing a stunning teaser on YouTube, Yamaha unveiled the 2021 MT-07 in all its dark and maleficent glory.  

Similar to its bigger brother, the MT-09, the MT-07 gets an all-new LED headlight that gives the bike a thoroughly updated look, as opposed to the dated halogen headlight found on the outgoing model. Featuring the same style of Samurai-esque headlight as the rest of the MT family, the MT-07 now looks perfectly at home in the model range. Apart from the new headlight, the new bike receives an updated LCD display. Although not a full-color TFT gauge, the new display is more vibrant and displays information more vividly. The bike’s underpinnings are also slightly tweaked with a revised front brake system meant to reduce stopping distance and improve braking feel. 

2021 Yamaha MT-07

As far as performance is concerned, unlike the MT-09, the MT-07 does not receive a bump in displacement. With that, the well-loved 689cc crossplane parallel twin is retained, making all the right noises and popping amazing wheelies in the process. The bike also receives an updated ram air system which is functionally integrated into the fuel tank, an upgraded ECU, and updated fuel injection settings. A new exhaust system was designed and lets the bike breathe a little more freely. All these minor updates translate to a reasonable bump in power. Rated at a healthy 75 hp, the MT-07 is one of the most powerful bikes in the twin-cylinder, mid-sized class. 

Apart from being one of the punchiest middleweights, the MT-07 is also one of the lightest, at just 406 lbs. The 2021 Yamaha MT-07 will likely make it to Philippine shores next year. For reference, the new MT-07 will begin shipping in the US starting in January 2021. With the outgoing MT-07 retailing for P439,000, we can expect the new model to receive a slight increase in price. We’ll be sure to update you once we get word from Yamaha Philippines.


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