The all-new Yamaha YZF-R7, a new middleweight sport-bike inspired by the iconic R7 from 1999, has finally been unveiled. Between the YZF-R3 and the YZF-R1, the new R7 will replace the YZF-R6 and complete Yamaha’s sport-bike lineup.
The R7 is based on the iconic Yamaha MT-07 model, with some changes to the naked bike’s design to make it more accessible, as well as a powerful track weapon for newbie track aficionados and street use. The YZF-R7 receives all-new bodywork and a striking full-faired design as part of Yamaha’s “R” series.
With clip-on handlebars, rear sets, and a skinny, but tall-ish 835 mm seat, the R7 definitely looks the part of a true-blue sportbike. The face is equipped with the standard Yamaha R-type twin DRLs, but only a single-pod projector headlight.
The YZF-R7 is available in two colors: Raven Black and Team Yamaha Blue, and the blue-colored alloys make it look the part. The instrument console is completely digital (LCD), and there isn’t much in terms of hardware. It only gets a slip-and-assist clutch and a quick-shifter as an option.
The latest R7 shares the same 689 cc parallel-twin CP2 engine as the MT-07, which is widely regarded as one of the best in the middleweight naked category.
The 270-degree crank is said to have an inconsistent firing order, and although the performance is modest (72 bhp at 8,750 rpm and 67 Nm at 6,500 rpm), the crossplane engine is said to be a lot of fun.
There are also some updates, such as fully adjustable KYB upside down forks and a rear monoshock with preload and rebound adjustment. Radially mounted callipers lock on 298 mm front discs and a single 245 mm rear disc to provide braking power. Even with the fairing, the R7 weighs 188 kg, just 4 kg more than the naked MT-07 on which it is based.
The Yamaha YZF-R7 will compete against the Aprilia RS660 and the Honda CBR650R. It makes sense as a beginner sports bike, something with a little more punch and much more capability than the R3, or even as a ‘first sports bike’ at that price.
However, despite the fact that the market is heating up, with Aprilia releasing the RS 660, as well as the Tuono 660, and the recent Honda CBR650R making its debut in India, Yamaha is unlikely to launch the R7 in India. In India, Triumph recently released the Trident 660, a capable naked middleweight.
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