Very popular in the Malaysian middleweight motorcycle class is the Yamaha MT-07, which currently retails for RM34,713 with zero-rated GST. However, the MT-07 was given an update for the 2018/2019 model year and shown at the EICMA show in Milan, Italy in November 2017.

Market rumours are now saying the 2019 MT-07 will be launched in Malaysia “quite soon,” in the third quarter, perhaps as early as September. The 2018/2019 MT-07 was available in Europe from the beginning of this year, in March.

Most of the changes to the 2019 MT-07 are cosmetic with the engine still the 689 cc liquid-cooled DOHC parallel-twin engine with Crossplane 270-degree crank, producing 73.7 hp at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm. A six-speed gearbox and chain final drive gets power to the ground.

The seat on the 2019 MT-07 is a new design that is 30% larger and extends a little down the side of the tank, which Yamaha claims gives an improved riding position for riders of all sizes. Suspension settings on the 2019 MT-07 have been revised both front and back, with the rear monoshock coming with a reworked rebound damping and spring pre-load adjustment.

Bodywork on the MT-07 has also been revised, with the headlight, LED DRLs and taillights coming closer in look to the MT-09. The “air intakes” on the sides of the 14-litre fuel tank are also new, tying the 2019 Yamaha MT-07 visually to its MT-10 and MT-09 siblings.