Yamaha MT-07 - Owner's Manual > Operation and important riding points

Operation and important riding points

Read the Owner's Manual carefully to become familiar with all controls. If there is a control or function you do not understand, ask your Yamaha dealer.


Failure to familiarize yourself with the controls can lead to loss of control, which could cause an accident or injury.


This model is equipped with:

  • a lean angle sensor to stop the engine in case of a turnover. In this case, the engine trouble warning light will come on, but this is not a malfunction. Turn the key to "OFF" and then to "ON" to turn off the warning light. Failing to do so will prevent the engine from starting even though the engine will crank when pushing the start switch.
  • an engine auto-stop system. The engine stops automatically if left idling for 20 minutes. If the engine stops, simply push the start switch to restart the engine.

Starting the engine

Under normal conditions, shift the transmission into neutral before starting the engine. To start the engine with the transmission in gear, the sidestand must be up and the clutch lever pulled.

To start the engine

1. Turn the main switch to "ON", and set the engine stop switch to "".

2. Confirm the following lights perform a circuit check.

  • Coolant temperature warning light
  • Engine trouble warning light
  • Oil pressure warning light
  • ABS warning light
  • Immobilizer system indicator light


  • The oil pressure warning light should come back on and stay on until the engine is started.
  • The ABS warning light should go off after reaching a speed of 10 km/h (6 mi/h) or higher.
  • The neutral position indicator light should be on when the transmission is in neutral.


If a warning or indicator light does not work as described above, have a Yamaha dealer check the vehicle.

3. Shift the transmission into neutral.

4. Push the start switch "" to crank the engine with the starter.

Release the start switch when the engine starts, or after 5 seconds.

Wait 10 seconds before pressing the switch again to allow battery voltage to restore.


For maximum engine life, never accelerate hard when the engine is cold!



  1. Gear positions
  2. Shift pedal

Shifting gears lets you control the amount of engine power available for starting off, accelerating, climbing hills, etc.

The gear positions are shown in the illustration.


To shift the transmission into the neutral position (), press the shift pedal down repeatedly until it reaches the end of its travel, and then slightly raise it.


  • Even with the transmission in the neutral position, do not coast for long periods of time with the engine off, and do not tow the motorcycle for long distances.

    The transmission is properly lubricated only when the engine is running. Inadequate lubrication may damage the transmission.

  • Always use the clutch while changing gears to avoid damaging the engine, transmission, and drive train, which are not designed to withstand the shock of forced shifting.

Tips for reducing fuel consumption

Fuel consumption depends largely on your riding style. Consider the following tips to reduce fuel consumption:

  • Shift up swiftly, and avoid high engine speeds during acceleration.
  • Do not rev the engine while shifting down, and avoid high engine speeds with no load on the engine.
  • Turn the engine off instead of letting it idle for an extended length of time (e.g., in traffic jams, at traffic lights or at railroad crossings).

Engine break-in

There is never a more important period in the life of your engine than the period between 0 and 1600 km (1000 mi). For this reason, you should read the following material carefully.

Since the engine is brand new, do not put an excessive load on it for the first 1600 km (1000 mi). The various parts in the engine wear and polish themselves to the correct operating clearances.

During this period, prolonged full-throttle operation or any condition that might result in engine overheating must be avoided.

0-1000 km (0-600 mi)

Avoid prolonged operation above 5000 r/min.

NOTICE: After 1000 km (600 mi) of operation, the engine oil must be changed and the oil filter cartridge or element replaced.

1000-1600 km (600-1000 mi)

Avoid prolonged operation above 6000 r/min.

1600 km (1000 mi) and beyond

The vehicle can now be operated normally.


  • Keep the engine speed out of the tachometer red zone.
  • If any engine trouble should occur during the engine break-in period, immediately have a Yamaha dealer check the vehicle.


When parking, stop the engine, and then remove the key from the main switch.


  • Since the engine and exhaust system can become very hot, park in a place where pedestrians or children are not likely to touch them and be burned.
  • Do not park on a slope or on soft ground, otherwise the vehicle may overturn, increasing the risk of a fuel leak and fire.
  • Do not park near grass or other flammable materials which might catch fire.

    See also:

     Yamaha MT-07 - Owner's Manual > Ignition circuit cut-off system

    This system prevents in-gear engine starts unless the clutch lever is pulled and the sidestand is up. Also, it will stop the running engine should the sidestand be lowered while the transmission is in gear.

     Yamaha MT-07 - Owner's Manual > Periodic maintenance and adjustment