Several teaser videos, leaked images, and leaked patent documents later, and Yamaha’s latest R-series sportbike has now been officially unveiled. Meet the Yamaha YZF-R7, the spiritual successor to the YZF-R6. While not quite a direct successor, as the R7 has a parallel-twin engine compared to the R6’s screaming in-line-four, it takes the former’s spot as Yamaha’s middleweight fully-faired sportbike one step down from the YZF-R1.
Now that the bike has been officially revealed in all its glory, we can see that its styling draws heavy inspiration from current YZF-R series aesthetic, with a sleek tail section, racy fairings, and sharp lines that bear a strong resemblance to the YZF-R6 and YZF-R1. Perhaps the most glaring difference between the R7 and its siblings is the cyclops-style headlight located in the M-shaped air intake.
At the YZF-R7’s heart is Yamaha’s tried and tested 689cc CP2 parallel-twin engine also found in the MT-07, XSR700, and Tenere 700. Known for its 270-degree crankshaft, linear torque, and potent performance, this middleweight mill has proven itself as an exhilaratingly torquey engine on the street.
Yamaha has equipped the YZF-R7 with an assist and slipper clutch, making this sportbike the first CP2 platform-powered motorcycle with such a feature. Yamaha also offers an optional quick shifter, which will make gear changes even faster and smoother.
Complementing the supersport-style riding position is a capable suspension setup featuring an adjustable inverted 41mm KYB fork and a monocross rear shock that’s adjustable for preload and rebound damping. Bringing the R7 to a stop are dual 298mm front discs and a single 245mm disc in the rear, both equipped with dual-channel ABS. The calipers are linked to a radial-mount master cylinder from Brembo. The R7’s 17-inch wheels are shod in Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22F tires, appropriate for the bike’s aggressive intentions.
In the R7’s cockpit, you’ll find a high-contrast full LCD instrument panel that provides the rider with all necessary information, including gear position, fuel level, real-time and average fuel economy, water temperature, the time, and more. Lighting is taken care of by LED units all around, including the MT-09-like central headlight which is also adaptive and bi-functional.
The 2021 YZF-R7 is priced at $8,999, or approximately P431,00, and will be available in two colors: Team Yamaha Blue and Performance Black. North American customers will be able to snag the newest R bike as early as June 2021.
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