Every motorcycle owner likes to personalize their bike in some way or fashion. In this post, we will look at the top 10 mods you can do for your MT07 / FZ07 to make it stand out from stock.
I consider the Yamaha MT07/FZ07 to be one of the best looking naked motorcycles on the market today. Due to its aggressive pricing and styling, it is no wonder that it is also one of the top-selling motorbikes in the world.
Why they have different model numbers for different parts of the world blows my mind. Who knows, but I believe they are starting to call this bike MT07 from now on everywhere.
Most of the modifications I will show here are cheap but there are a few that are quite expensive but I will try to explain the difference and give you a few options. Ok, let’s get into it.
Table of Contents
- 1 MT07 Windscreen Upgrade
- 2 FZ07 Bar End Mirrors Mod
- 3 Front, Rear, and Frame Sliders.
- 4 MT07 Fender Eliminator – Tail Tidy Mod
- 5 LED Indicators
- 6 MT-07 performance mods
- 7 R & G Radiator Guard and Grill
- 8 Tank Wraps
- 9 Motorcycle Alarm
- 10 MT 07 Shorty Levers
- 11 Best MT07 mods conclusion
MT07 Windscreen Upgrade
The standard MT07 bike doesn’t come with a windscreen. It is like there is something missing from the front end. Three options that I really like are the plastic Givi Windscreen, Puig, and the CNC aluminum windshield.
The see-through smoke Givi windscreen and the Puig screen will block more wind than the CNC one. But since I do a lot of city riding at slower speeds it is not much of a big deal but I think the CNC looks better and is cheaper.
The mounting holes are slightly different for 2016-2017 models compared to the 2018-2019 models so make sure you order the correct one for your motorcycle. Adding a windshield will really make the bike stand out.
FZ07 Bar End Mirrors Mod
Having bar-end mirrors will make your FZ07 look very aggressive. I even find that I do get a better image from stock due to the mirrors being further apart. The two choices you really have are round or any other shape other than round, like a diamond for instance.
Do check your local motor vehicle regulations on minium size motorcycle mirrors.
I find for round side mirrors that convex shape will give you a better viewing angle. The only problem with bar-end rear vision mirrors is that they will add a few inches to the handlebar length. Just be sure to swing them in if parking your motorbike in a small tight area.
The bar-end mirrors that work well for me are MZS Bar-end mirrors. I like these as they clamp onto some Rhinomoto sliders. I found that cheaper plastic mirrors clamp to the inside of the handlebar and over time they will vibrate loose.
Check out my post on How to Install 2018 MT07 Bar End Mirrors the Right Way.
Front, Rear, and Frame Sliders.
This is a must for anyone wanting to protect their motorcycle in the event of a crash or a dropped bike. They are designed to take the brunt of the crash sliding force and will grind down. This protects your plastics and other bike parts from hopefully getting damaged.
The R&G axle sliders also serve as a pivot point for rear jack stands. This way you can prop up your rear wheel up to do motorcycle maintenance like chain lubrication, puncture repair, and oil changes. But if you install the rear slider spools you need to use specific paddock stands to suit.
Shogun makes great frame sliders and they are what I use. Let’s hope I don’t need to actually use them in a dropped bike situation.
I just use a pair of cheap paddock stands for my MT07. It is a well-recommended upgrade.
MT07 Fender Eliminator – Tail Tidy Mod
To meet most state road regulations, Yamaha has included quite a large numberplate/indicator setup on the rear of the bike. This just looks weird so I like to remove it and replace the unit with an MT07 fender eliminator kit.
This tail tidy comes with a bright LED light for the number plate and mounts for the indicators. To make the install neet, I just cut the wires and splice them into the existing rear indicators. With a little bit of solder and electrical tape, you are good to go. Or you can use the included cables but you will have to trace the wires back.
Now your MT07 rear end looks nice and slick. Attach the number plate, mount the indicators, and test that everything is working. This should be the first upgrade mod you do to your Yamaha.
Check out my post on how to install a MT-07 Fender eliminator yourself.
The world is moving to LED everything, so it is nice to see that LED lights are now becoming commonplace in the motorcycle and vehicle industry.
Don’t go out and buy the cheapest LED indicators you will find as you will have issues with water ingress. A lot of cheap Chinese import LED indicators don’t have seals between the plastic and the electronics. They are also prone to LED hyper flashing problems.
I’m not a fan of the very thin line turn signals as they can be hard to see during the daytime. It is better to be safe and seen by cars.
If you have the old incandescent light bulb type turn signal you can buy just the globe that is LED these work very well.
I have just purchased these bright Led lights for my motorcycle so I will write a review on them shortly but so far the performance is great.
MT-07 performance mods
The stock MT07 exhaust is very quiet. To me, it sounds like a scooter. The only option is to replace the stock exhaust with an aftermarket one. Some well-known exhaust manufacturers for the MT07 are:
- Yamaha (Original)
- Akrapovic Titanium
- Arrow Street Thunder
- Mivv GP black steel
- Termignoni Carbon FULL SYSTEM CAT RELEVANCE
- LeoVince Underbody. SS EVO
- M4 slip-on Carbon Fiber
- Ransoto Complete
There are a few benefits to doing this. Apart from sounding way better, you will get an increase in power and some weight reduction.
The only problem is the price. Some of these exhausts can really break the bank with Akrapovic Ti Carbon being the most expensive of all.
You can check out our installation instructions for Akrapovic Ti on a 2018 MT07. If you only do one upgrade this year then make it an exhaust.
Often due to the extra airflow through the exhaust, you may find that you get some detonation or popping when you roll off the throttle. If this is excessive it could mean the FZ07 engine is running lean.
To fix this problem you will need either a Power Commander or Dobeck EJK fuel controller. These basically enable you to load in some fuel maps to optimize the engine to peak power. It will reduce the popping most people experience when slowing down or coming off the throttle.
I use the EJK fuel injection programmer as it is easy to use. Not to mention it is also the cheaper option.
- Plug N’ Play Installation- takes minutes to install
- Uses unique Load Based Technology
- Does not interfere with stock ECU operation
So which exhaust is best for the MT07? Well, it is going to come down to your budget and the style you like. For me, I prefer the Akrapovic Ti as it is has a slimline look under the bike and a great rumbler sound.
Getting rid of the stock muffler will be one of the best MT07 mods you can do to your machine.
If you want a cheap option then the M4 slip-on exhaust is a great addition and gets a lot of good reviews online. You will have to cut your stock pipes in half to use this exhaust though.
For a budget upgrade why not try the Ransoto or Anodising Racing exhaust. They are made of stainless steel with great welds and have an awesome sound. You could buy 4 of these exhausts for the same price as some of the more expensive brand names exhausts. A good review of these exhausts can be found here.
Air filter performance mod
Don’t forget if you are doing an exhaust upgrade you should also do a high-flow air filter upgrade. This will help your bike breathe and you will gain around 4hp just with the easy MT07 air filter box mod.
This is a drop-in solution that won’t take too long to complete. The extra performance you will get from an air filter/exhaust combo mix is amazing.
R & G Radiator Guard and Grill
I see these MT07 radiator guards around a lot while out riding. They are popular as it protects the radiator from stone damage but still lets in cooling air.
- Easy to install, FZ 07 radiator guards and grill can protect your radiator from sand or stone damage, which will extend its service life
- The FZ 07 radiator guard made of high-quality CNC aluminum alloy, which is sturdy & corrosion resistant.
Car and motorcycle wraps have become all the rage. They are very easy to install as long as you have a variable temperature heat gun. There is literally an endless variety of colors and designs to choose from.
I like the carbon fiber wrap look and the great thing is if you get sick of the color or if it gets scratched up just remove the wrap and put on a new set.
When wrapping your tank take it slow, clean your petrol tank inside and out, and use knifeless tape. Tanks can be hard to wrap as they have a lot of curves and odd shapes. In the video below it shows you how to use the knifeless tape to do a tank wrap like a professional.
The WSDcam anti-theft alarm has been a new addition to the MT07 and it works quite well. In the past, I have used a disk brake lock. But I was getting sick and tired of having to disconnect it and store the lock.
The motorbike alarm will register any little bumps or movement on your MT07. It was very easy to connect and runs off an internal battery.
- Vibrationally triggered alarm suitable for Bikes, Electric Bike, Motorcycles, Doors, and Windows
- 7 level adjustable sensitivity from gently touch to push or beat
- Deterring thieves effectively by 113 dB loud alarm
- Easy to find your vehicles by 6 kinds of bells with a range of 66 feet.
- IP55 waterproof pc material shell
- Installation with a double-sided sticker or tieing it with a strap.
MT 07 Shorty Levers
I installed the MT 07 shorty levers as I like to ride using 2 or 3 fingers on the brake and clutch. These also look great and are well made. There is a slight weight loss as they are short by about 25mm.
They look so much better than the stock silver ones and give the motorcycle a rugged street look. Check out my review and installation of the MT 07 shorty levers.
Best MT07 mods conclusion
At the end of the day, there are literally hundreds of MT07-FZ07 upgrades that you can do to make your motorcycle faster and more unique. All of the upgrade parts mentioned here are quality and I have not had any issues.
Now one import item I forgot to mention earlier is to get yourself a Yamaha 4-Pin to OBD2 cable and Bluetooth fault code reader. This way you can do your own services and read errors on your motorcycle. Click here for a full list of Yamaha MT07 fault codes and what they mean.
I love my motorcycle even after 2 years I am still modifying it to my style. Check out my 2018 Yamaha MT-07 review if you are thinking of getting this bike it is fantastic.
Let me know in the comments below what are your favorite parts to upgrade your Yamaha beast.
I am a qualified Industrial Electrician for the past 20 years and I love to share my knowledge on home repair jobs.
I love fast toys like Motorcycles, Cars, Jetskis, and Boats so writing about them is easy.
To keeps costs down I do all my own mods, repairs, and servicing. These skills I want to share with everyone. DIY is a skill everyone can learn.