2018 Yamaha MT-07 LA

Yamaha MT-07 LA

The Yamaha MT-07 LA is a custom built learner motorcycle and this one is based on the regular full power MT-07. Yamaha claims that THE MT-07LA version has been specifically designed for the learner market. I like the look of the MT-07 as it is a good looking modern motorcycle design that is similar yet different from the rest of the naked motorcycle class.

Technically the MT-07 is a power restricted version of the regular by reducing engine capacity and ECU modifications. The MT-07LA is the only learner motorcycle I know that uses a full 180 width rear tyre fitted as standard (180-55-17) so no one but keen motorcyclists will know the difference which is arguably the key selling feature of the MT-07.  The engine has been reduced in capacity and retuned for torque and there 68Nm is very high for a reasonably weighted approx 200kg motorcycle.

In terms of design the MT-07LA uses the latest Yamaha styling themes which means it looks good and different to other motorcycle brands. Picures on the internet do not do it justice so check one out in the showroom of not the street.

The Yamaha MT-07LA costs $9999 AUD on the road so it is a little more expensive than the popular LAMS or learner motorcycles like the Kawasaki Ninja 300 but the MT-07 is a more modern motorcycle with more expensive parts. Although it shouldn’t matter the most important and key selling points are: the MT-07LA is arguably the fastest LAMS or learner motorcycle you can buy and it looks exactly like the full power motorcycle.

Yamaha MT-07 LA Key Specifications (2018)
Engine: IL2 cylinder (EFI)
Capacity: 655cc
Power/Torque: 38Kw @ 4000RPM 68 Nm @ 6500RPM
Gearbox: 6 speed
Kerb Weight: 182Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 12 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 805mm
Dimensions: L2085 x W745 x H1090
Recommended Retail Price: $9,999 Ride away (2017)


KTM RC390 Review


Welcome to the KTM RC390 showroom and spec review. Although sharing it’s engine and other main parts with the Duke 390 it differs by being as a real as a sports motorcycle can be in a arguably ‘faux small capacity sports’ motorcycle class.

The RC390 is at the top end of the learner and call capacity commuter motorcycle class including in price. It’s engine has the largest capacity and produces the most power and torque in the class, the chassis above average parts and the clear sports bike styling. Even it’s riding position is more sports bike than upright. Overall it looks good, just as our arguably ‘best looking’ in the class the Duke 390!

It’s competitors, the CBR, Ninja and even new R3 will have difficulty competing with the RC390  especially with equipped with any of the optional performance parts catalog.

I honestly can’t write much more of the RC390 because it’s got everything you would want to impress in a learner or commuter motorcycle. It’s different and bright work stands out as a race replica and that’s race in this class. The KTM RC390 is definitely worth a look if the closest thing to a genuine sports motorcycle in the class is what you want.

KTM RC390 Key Specifications
Engine: IL1 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 373cc
Power/Torque: 32Kw @ 9500 35Nm @ 7250
Gearbox: 6 speed
Kerb Weight: 159Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph 6 seconds Approx
Max Speed 160Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 10 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 820mm
Dimensions: Lxx x Wxx x Hxx x Wxx
Recommended Retail Price: Approx $8,500 (2015)