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)


2018 Yamaha WR450F

Yamaha WR450F

The Yamaha WR450F is marketed as an enduro motorcycle that can be registered for on road use and on the LAMS list for learner riders. I believe enduro motorcycles are a a step up from those marketed as Trail motorcycles, the difference between them is that the Enduro class have lower mechanical complexity and civility but ultimately improved reliability but not longevity. Proof, the WR450F has a kick start and an electric start?

Mechanically the WR450F is related to the competition model the YZ450F so there are optional parts like the Yamaha EFI power tuner an engine tuner, off road guards and the essential performance muffler and many more available for it. The differences between the YZ450F and the WR450F are basic things required for a road motorcycle like a battery, rear view mirrors, lights, suspension tuning, the lack of performance tuning and perfomance parts amongst other changes. So the WR450F is a ‘Lite’ version of the hard core YZ450F.

The WR450F looks good tradition off road style and very much like a competition motoX model. As a result there are shortfalls if you choose it as a daily ride. Problems like the seat height which requires you to be very tall or have great balance, tall gearing, skinny tyres and hard seat is not comfort orientated, not enough power for highway trips due to the lack of decent wind deflection and mostly the tiny 7.5 litre fuel tank.

If your a rider who rides off road regularly and can only afford to maintain one motorcycle then the WR450F is great choice for a LAMS or commuter but it wouln’t be as good as the other trail and road focused motorcycles. The WR450F series and it’s predecessors have always been popular due to many choosing them for trail riding and a cheaper way to get into motocross competitions. If you can fit aka very long legs and like the WR’s design there is no reason you should not consider buying one.

Yamaha WR450F Key Specifications (2018)
Engine: 1 cylinder 4-stroke 4 valve DOHC (EFI)
Capacity: 449cc
Power/Torque: 42 Kw @ 9000RPM 49 Nm @ 7000RPM
Gearbox: 5 speed
Kerb Weight: 125Kg Approx
Performance: 0-100kph NA seconds Approx
Max Speed NA Kph Approx
Fuel Economy: 7.5 litre fuel tank
Approx 4 litres per 100km
Seat height: 965mm
Dimensions: L2165 x W825 x H1280
Recommended Retail Price: $13,200 (2018)