2020 Yamaha MT-07

Rich in character, but not in price. The 2020 Yamaha MT-07 continues to be a great bargain naked bike.

2020 Yamaha MT-07

2020 Yamaha MT-07 (Yamaha /)

If the MT-10 is the most powerful Master of Torque of Japan’s “Dark Side,” then the MT-07 is the apprentice with its 689cc liquid-cooled DOHC twin-cylinder engine. The 2020 Yamaha MT-07 remains an extremely affordable naked bike ($7,599 MSRP) that is right for those looking to bomb down the twisties at a spirited pace, and set more than a respectable speed for freeway or street riding with its torque-rich engine and lightweight steel frame. A quick glance down at the full-LCD instrument panel will tell you if you are (or aren’t) obeying the law.

2020 Yamaha MT-07
2020 Yamaha MT-07 (Yamaha /)

2020 Yamaha MT-07 Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

In 2018, the MT-07 had undergone a makeover. The change from the FZ to the MT name being one of them—bringing the "MT" name stateside. The 2018 updates included improved suspension, reworked bodywork, and updated looks of the tank, tail, radiator shrouds, front fender, seat, and headlight. Our test rider even claimed that “the Yamaha MT-07 (née FZ-07) is a motorcycle destined to be canonized as one of The Great Standard Bikes of the 21st Century.” That claim cannot be taken lightly even, we would imagine, for 2020.

2020 Yamaha MT-07
2020 Yamaha MT-07 (Yamaha /)

Yamaha MT-07 Updates For 2020

For 2020, Yamaha has replaced the 2019 Breaker Cyan colorway with Team Yamaha Blue. Otherwise Ice Fluo and Matte Raven Black remain options to choose from. Price remains unchanged at $7,599.

2020 Yamaha MT-07 Claimed Specifications

Price $7,599
Engine Liquid-cooled DOHC two-cylinder
Displacement 689cc
Bore x Stroke 80.0 x 68.6mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque 50 lb.-ft.
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 31.7 in.
Rake 24.8°
Trail 3.5 in.
Front Suspension 41mm telescopic fork; 5.1-in travel
Rear Suspension Preload and rebound damping adjustable; 5.1-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70ZR-17
Rear Tire 180/55ZR-17
Wheelbase 55.1 in.
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 403 lb.
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2020 Yamaha Bolt/R-Spec

Yamaha’s bare-bones Bolt base model is a budget-friendly and accessible urban ride that’ll appeal to newbies, intermediates, and customizers alike.

2020 Yamaha Bolt/R-Spec

2020 Yamaha Bolt/R-Spec (Yamaha /)

On its website, Yamaha tags the Bolt as an “urban performance bobber,” and it certainly wears some of the hallmarks of the category with its minimal bodywork, compact chassis, and old-school tech, but the Bolt will appeal to almost any rider thanks to its friendly manners and torquey V-twin power. Yamaha’s (nee Star) midsize cruiser was introduced in 2013 and hasn’t changed much since then, soldering on with a fuel-injected, 942cc, air-cooled, SOHC V-twin engine and a spartan, no-fuss vibe. The more premium R-Spec model one-ups the base model with the addition of twin piggyback reservoir shocks, 12-spoke cast alloy wheels, and more in-depth paint options, but both offer a modern LED taillight and an LCD instrument cluster to bring a little high tech to the otherwise bare-bones feel.

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Its low saddle and compact feel will likely call out to shorter beginner and intermediate riders, though the Bolt can more than handle advanced pilots as well. A $7,999 buy-in is a pretty good motivator, and the better-equipped R-Spec model costs just $400 more.

2020 Yamaha Bolt/R-Spec
2020 Yamaha Bolt/R-Spec (Yamaha /)

2020 Yamaha Bolt Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

The Bolt regularly makes “best cruiser value” lists because of its no-nonsense style, accessibility, as well as affordability, though its obvious competition, like Harley-Davidson’s Iron 883 and Triumph’s Street Twin models, offer a similarly stripped-down vibe and customizable platform at a reasonable price.

Yamaha Bolt Updates For 2020

The Yamaha Bolt hasn’t had many updates at all since its launch in 2013, so changes to the 2020 model are exactly nil; in fact, even the price is unchanged.

2020 Yamaha Bolt/R-Spec
2020 Yamaha Bolt/R-Spec (Yamaha /)

2020 Yamaha Bolt/R-Spec Claimed Specifications

Price $7,999/$8,399
Engine Air-cooled SOHC V-twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Displacement 942cc
Bore x Stroke 85.0 x 83.0mm
Horsepower 50.8 hp @ 5,350 rpm (Cycle World measured)
Torque 58.0 lb-ft. @ 2,900 rpm (Cycle World measured)
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Belt
Seat Height 27.2 in.
Rake 29.0°
Trail 5.1 in.
Front Suspension 41mm telescopic fork; 4.7-in. travel
Rear Suspension Dual shocks; 2.8-in. travel/Dual piggyback shocks; 2.8-in. travel
Front Tire 100/90-19
Rear Tire 150/80-16
Wheelbase 61.8 in.
Fuel Capacity 3.4 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 542 lb.
Source : Motorcyclist More   

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