Spy images of the Yamaha MT-07 based adventure motorcycle being tested while fully camouflaged have revealed that the motorcycle is nearing production. The adventure motorcycle made its debut as the Yamaha T7 at the EICMA motorcycle show in November last year, and was not expected to hit production till at least 2018.
However, recent reports and spy images of the motorcycle spotted undergoing testing by Motorcycle News has suggested that it would be coming sooner than expected. The T7 Concept is a purpose-built adventure biased model from Yamaha, intended for hard-core off-road use, and every bit of the motorcycle seems to shout 'off-road' and 'rugged'.
In its testing guise, the motorcycle was fully camouflaged and did not reveal any details. It first appears to be a rally-built motorcycle, until one looks closer in the images and finds the mounting points and brackets to fit the body panels, including the lower shroud and bash guard.
The engine in the new Yamaha adventure bike is based on the 689cc engine powering the Yamaha MT-07. The parallel-twin engine puts out around 75 bhp of power and this, combined with the lightweight characteristics it is expected to have, would make the T7 a worthy competitor.
The T7 also derives its LCD instrument cluster from the MT-07. Other than the engine and instrument cluster, the T7 is an all-new motorcycle.
It gets a new chassis, suspension and swingarm. The seat has been lengthened, to accommodate the pillion as well, in contrast to the single seat on the concept. The seat height appears to be lower compared to concept, which might have been done just be to make it more user-friendly.
The bike rides on large 21-inch and 18-inch spoked wheels at the front and rear respectively, shod with Pirelli Scorpion MT90 off-road biased dual-sport tyres. This, combined with the high ground clearance and enduro footpegs with removable rubber inserts, makes the motorcycle as off-road ready as it can get.
The Yamaha T7 Concept in production form will probably be called the MT-07 Adventure, and the unveiling of the production ready variant is expected to happen at the 2017 EICMA show. Going by the rapid development and testing though, we can even expect a launch at EICMA in November this year.
The Yamaha T7/MT-07 Adventure appears to be heading into a segment where the battle is already on and is only going to become fiercer. The Triumph Tiger 800XCx already appears to be ruling the minds of those considering an off-road motorcycle, and then there is Honda's Africa Twin, KTM's upcoming 790 Adventure and BMW's upcoming F850 GS.
In India, it is very clear that the Triumph Tiger 800XCx already rules this segment, and the Honda Africa Twin has also received rave reviews. KTM is the highest-selling performance motorcycle brand, and we doubt they would want to miss out on launching the 790 Adventure here too. So, the battle for the Yamaha T7 is set in India too, but the question is, would Yamaha bother selling it here at all?