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Yamaha has revealed a number of updates to its fan-favorite MT-07 naked standard for 2021. Style changes lead the way, with designers aiming to give the bike an even more pronounced “Dark Side of Japan” look. There are also improvements to the braking components and cockpit which, all together, result in a $100 increase in MSRP over last year’s model. The bike will be available in authorized dealerships starting January at $7,699.

a motorcycle parked on the side: The 2021 Yamaha MT-07 will carry an MSRP of $7,699. © Provided by Motorcyclist The 2021 Yamaha MT-07 will carry an MSRP of $7,699.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a building: Style updates are meant to give the MT-07 a meaner, more streamlined look. © Provided by Motorcyclist Style updates are meant to give the MT-07 a meaner, more streamlined look.

The bodywork is slimmed-down compared to the 2020 model, with panels surrounding the tank and radiator reshaped for a more aggressive and streamlined look. The headlight assembly is also revised with a new LED light taking center stage. The light promises a stronger high and low beam and is flanked by new LED indicator lights that bring the bike’s look closer to that of its older sibling, the MT-09. There are new LED indicator lights at the back as well.

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a motorcycle parked on the side of a road: Updated front brake discs promise a more refined braking feel. © Provided by Motorcyclist Updated front brake discs promise a more refined braking feel.

Other stylistic touches include Crystal Graphite engine covers and a new silver-color exhaust pipe, muffler, and exhaust protector.

The cockpit promises to be more comfortable for riders too, thanks to wider aluminum handlebars. An updated LCD instrument panel is larger making the standard ride information easier to see.

a motorcycle parked on the side: 2021 Yamaha MT-07 in Storm Fluo colorway. © Provided by Motorcyclist 2021 Yamaha MT-07 in Storm Fluo colorway.

Braking is improved thanks to larger wave discs at the front, up from 282mm to 298mm each.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a building: Style updates are meant to give the MT-07 a meaner, more streamlined look. © Yamaha Motor Corp., US Style updates are meant to give the MT-07 a meaner, more streamlined look.

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The bike will come in three different colorways: Storm Fluo, Team Yamaha Blue, and Matte Raven Black.

a motorcycle parked on the side of a building: New LED lighting is one of the prominent updates for 2021. © Provided by Motorcyclist New LED lighting is one of the prominent updates for 2021.

2021 Yamaha MT-07 Technical Specifications and Price

a motorcycle parked on the side: 2021 Yamaha MT-07 in Team Yamaha Blue. © Provided by Motorcyclist 2021 Yamaha MT-07 in Team Yamaha Blue.

Price: $7,699
Engine: 689cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled, inline-twin; 4 valves/cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 80.0 x 68.6mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel injection
Clutch: Wet, multiplate
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Frame: Steel trellis
Front Suspension: 41mm telescopic fork, 5.1-in. travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock, adjustable for preload and rebound damping, 5.1-in. travel
Front Brakes: 298mm discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake: 245mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast aluminum
Tires, Front/Rear: 120/70ZR-17 / 180/55ZR-17
Seat Height: 31.7 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight: 406 lb.
Warranty: 1-year limited factory warranty
Available: January 2021
Contact: yamahamotorsports.com

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