Updated for next year’s riding season is the 2019 Yamaha MT-07 naked sports and priced at RM38,288. Dubbed “Dark Attraction”, the MT-07 is Yamaha’s middleweight bike and goes up against the Kawasaki Z650 at approximately RM35,609.

More of a model update than a completely new machine, the MT-07 still carries the same 689 cc DOHC parallel-twin Crossplane liquid-cooled power plant. Fed by EFI, the mill is good for 73.7 hp at 9,000 rpm and 68 Nm of torque at 6,500 rpm.

Power, as is customary, gets to the ground via a six-speed gearbox and chain final drive. Tw-channel ABS is now standard for the MT-07 with braking done by dual 282 mm brake discs in front and a single 245 mm disc at the back.

Weight for the MT-07 is claimed to be 179 kg, with fuel carried in a 14-litre tank and riders will find the 804 mm seat height to be fairly accommodating.

Suspension settings on the MT-07 have been revised for 2019, with the new rear shock coming with rebound damping adjustment. There are two colour options for the 2019 Yamaha MT-07 – Race Blue, available in October, and Matt Grey, coming in January 2019 – and a stainless steel Yamaha disc lock will be given with every MT-07.