• Hong Leong Yamaha Motor has launched the new MT-07.

  • The new colour options are themed as “Dark Attraction.”

  • Priced from RM 38,288 (inclusive of SST, but excluding insurance and registration fees).

Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn. Bhd. (HLYM) has introduced an updated MT-07. The latest edition is themed as MT-07 Dark Attraction and is available from October 2018.

The MT-07’s distinctive styling and shape have been retained, including the muscular faux air scoops that are reminiscent of the V-Max power cruiser. The overall MT design theme still stands up to the test of time since its introduction.

However, as with its bigger MT-09 brother, the MT-07 has been improved, mostly in the rolling stock department.

  • Revised front fork settings.
  • New rear shock with rebound damping adjuster.
  • Addition of anti-lock braking system (ABS) on both ends.
  • Ergonomic seats for more comfortable riding.

The compact 689cc, parallel-Twin engine’s “crossplane” crank is offset by 270o to mimic the firing order of a 90o V-Twin for punchy torque yet linear in response.

The new MT-07 will be offered in two colours. Race Blue is available immediately from October 2018 onwards, while Matt Grey will be introduced in January 2019.

Buyers will receive an exclusive stainless steel Yamaha disc brake lock when they purchase an MT-07.

The recommended selling price is from RM 38,288 (inclusive of SST, but excluding insurance and registration fees).

Please visit HLYM’s authorized dealers or HLYM’s official website at for more information.

Back in March of 2016, we ran a report that Yamaha had officially ruled out any hope of there ever being a touring version of the MT-10. Back then, our report and those circulating the grapevine said that any chance of there ever being a MT-10 Tracer was quashed when Yamaha introduced an option touring pack that included “a tall Tracer-like windscreen plus luggages, which should complement the MT-10’s standard-equipped electronic cruise control feature.”

Well, tides and markets are constantly changing – and now there are new reports around the net suggesting that a mysterious new trademark has revealed that a Yamaha “Tracer GT” is supposedly on its way to global markets.

Yamaha has never spoken of a “Tracer GT”, so there is a chance that it could be one of two things – a more extensive touring kit for existing Tracer models with panniers and taller screens perhaps?

Or it could just be the highly anticipated MT-10 Tracer? Why not actually? There is already the MT-07 Tracer as well as the MT-09 Tracer (above), so a MT-10 Tracer would fit right in? Right? Well, on the flip side, maybe not.

The MT-10 is based on the manic R1, so putting on a screen and slapping on panniers would in effect, as some online reports suggest, create a R1 Tourer.

But before we completely rule it out, consider for a second that BMW created touring version of the S1000RR superbike and called it the S1000XR and almost immediately the bike was selling better than the RR in some markets. And Ducati almost single-handedly created the Sports Touring segment with the Multistrada 1200S, so there is an established market for it already and Yamaha knows that.

The Japanese company has previously offered a MT-10 Tourer Edition early 2017. The touring MT-10, shown in the photos above and below, featured soft panniers, a pannier frame, touring screen, GPS bracket, hand guards and a comfort seat.

Having already tested the market with the Tourer Edition, it would come as no surprise then should a MT-10 Tracer appear. At this year’s EICMA perhaps?

Yamaha has been hitting home lately when it comes to building impressive bikes. It’s MT-09 range of bikes have been very well received, the MT-09 Tracer and its three-cylinder engine is especially being hailed as one of the best touring bikes in the industry now.

But the show must move on and this time Yamaha has done it yet again with the Tracer 700. The touring variant to the MT-07 range of bikes seen in these photos here for the first time.


An obvious evolution to the popular MT-09 Tracer, the smaller Tracer also works along the same lines as its bigger sibling; a bigger fuel tank, taller ride height and practicality to make it one of the most anticipated dual-purpose bikes of the year.


It is powered by the same 75bhp twin-cylinder engine from the MT-07 and is largely the same mechanically, except for the taller and re-engineered suspension.

Yamaha MT-07 is already available in Malaysia at about RM36,000
Yamaha MT-07 is already available in Malaysia at about RM36,000, Tracer 700 could soon follow.

It does however have a longer wheelbase thanks to a swing arm that is 50mm longer for a total wheelbase of 1450mm. Yamaha says this is to increase stability when riding with a pillion or added weight.


The new Tracer 700 is also a relative lightweight with a kerb weight of just 196 kilograms.

Yamaha sent out a press release to the world’s motoring media this morning, and in it Yamaha described the new Tracer 700 as:


“Excitement has been engineered into the Tracer 700’s DNA, as its compact and lightweight chassis features a tubular steel frame that has been developed from the highly acclaimed MT-07 platform. This minimalist design instantly established a strong reputation for its agile handling and responsive character, and the Tracer 700’s newly developed chassis features a range of exclusive refinements that are designed to enhance its versatility and comfort while retaining a strong sporting heritage.


“For a more stable riding character at higher cruising speeds – especially when riding 2-up with luggage – the Tracer 700 is equipped with a 50mm longer swingarm to give a wheelbase of 1450mm. To suit its long distance role, the 130mm travel front and rear suspension systems feature revised settings for smooth and responsive characteristics in a variety of conditions. Dual 282mm front discs with four-pot calipers and a 245mm rear disc deliver powerful and responsive braking performance, and ABS is equipped as standard.


“These chassis refinements – combined with a class-leading wet weight of 196 kg – ensure that the Tracer 700 is ready to excite in every corner, and yet can be transformed into a serious long distance tourer with the addition of a range of Genuine Yamaha accessories.”

It’s not known yet if and when the Tracer 700 will be available in Malaysia. But with the MT-07 already available here at about RM36,000 in CKD form (read about it at our sister site here), Hong Leong Yamaha, assembler and distributor of everything Yamaha in Malaysia, is in a good position to finally give the very-capable Kawasaki Versys 650 some decent competiton.



Yamaha MT-07 Ténéré prototype caught testing in Italy.


Custom-styled motorcycles are all the rave nowadays, and more the most recent manufacturer to join the bandwagon is Yamaha, with the XSR700 – a custom-style edition of the MT-07 which has just been officially revealed yesterday.


According to Yamaha, the XSR700 is the production version of the MT07 that was restyled by renowned Japanese custom bike builder Shinya Kimura. The company added that this model adds to the brand’s range of custom-style ‘Faster Sons’ special editions, which also includes the XJR1300 Racer and XV950 Racer.


Unlike the traditional looking naked XJR1300 and XV950 cruiser, the XSR700 is the first to stem from a contemporary-styled model. Rumour has it that Yamaha might even consider the R1 for the custom treatment.

Noteable features on the Yamaha XSR700 include:

* Two-texture leather seat
* Aluminium retro fuel tank
* Aluminium fender
* Aluminium headlight bracket
* Wide tapered back handlebars
* Mesh side panels
* Stubby rear muffler
* Embroidered seat logo
* Wide range of customization accessories


The 2016 Yamaha XSR700 is expected to hit European dealerships from November 2015. As much as the Malaysian market is concerned, there have not been any official announcements from Hong Leong Yamaha yet, but lets just keep our fingers crossed.

2016 Yamaha XSR700

Hong Leong Yamaha Motor Sdn. Bhd. (HLYM) previews the Yamaha MT-07 naked at the 2014 Malaysian MotoGP weekend.



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