Today, it is the new Yamaha R7 that I have the pleasure of riding and testing. As soon as I laid eyes on it, I thought to myself two things: Wow & Why a 700?
Several years ago, when I rode a CBR600, the Yamaha R6 was quite a war machine. Very powerful, with an aggressive geometry focused on track use. The R6 and R1 were, and still are, synonymous with supersport, racing and class leaders.
The model that I have the chance to try today is a splendid blue and matte black. As soon as I get on the R7, the Yamaha racing heritage is there. This is when I am immediately surprised by two things.
First surprise :
Second surprise :
Here we go!
This engine configuration makes it a more accessible motorcycle to start in the world of sport motorcycling. It allows a wider use of rpm and power without being “forced” to rev at very high rpm.
The 6-speed transmission comes with a slipper clutch and an optional QSS quick-release system. The gear changes are smooth even when our driving is not…
The bike is very smooth to ride, the geometry is precise which makes it a great platform in itself. The Yamaha R7 is powerful and very pleasant to drive even in town with a power of 75hp and 50lb-ft. It is all in all light and very manageable. Thanks to the possible adjustment of the front and rear suspension, it will be easy to change the settings for daily driving and track days on the weekend.
The inverted front fork accompanied by a Brembo brake system makes it an easy bike to push hard with confidence. I love being able to enjoy solid braking front and rear and have absolute control over the bike.
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Second thing to mention, the passenger seat. It is obvious that the R7 is not designed with a passenger in mind, that said, the space reserved for this one is very limited. In addition, the rear fins, which are almost the same height as the bench, make the whole thing precarious in my humble opinion. I also anticipate a lot of cover (seat fairing) added on this model, which must be said, will add even more to the radical look of the next generation R-series styling of Yamaha.
I thoroughly enjoyed the Yamaha YZF-R7, from the looks to the engine to the overall ride. It is a solid and powerful motorcycle, which must be honest, will be easy to exploit and enjoy daily and not only on the track partly thanks to the CP2 engine of 689cc which brings a different and tameable behavior. A great success for Yamaha Motors, that we take the time to thank for making this event possible.
Available in three colors, you will have to decide between white, blue, or black, a choice that will not be that easy!
Knuckle / LeCarnetMoto.com