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Yamaha YZF-R7 Launched! Is It The Game-changer?

Yamaha just launched the new Yamaha YZF-R7 in the USA. There were 2 options that must have Yamaha while developing this new R7. Take the existing R6 to the next level after it had become a track-only machine succumbing to the Euro norms. And the other option was to take the very potent platform – the twin-cylinder engine seen on the MT-07 and Tenere 700. The 689cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC inline twin-cylinder with a 270-degree crankshaft. 

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Do not confuse it with the old R7 which was a legendary race-bred machine specially designed to compete in the Superbike World Championship and Suzuka 8 Hours endurance races. This was a race homologation motorcycle made by Yamaha in a limited production run of only 500 units. 

The new Yamaha comes with some great features on the engine side:

  • Torquey CP2 Powerplant powered by the new engine
  • All-New slip and assist Clutch
  • Quick Shift System for Smooth Upshift
  • Strong and Lightweight Pistons

While the chassis and suspension features are forged by the:

  • Supersport Riding Position which is very close to the YZF-R6 rider triangle.
  • Inverted forks at the front
  • Lightweight Frame Tuned for Rigidity Balance
  • Monocross Rear Shock
  • Thin Proportions for Perfect Control

To top it up, the new Yamaha YZF-R7 comes with a new feature such as:

  • Adaptive Bi-Functional LED Headlight
  • LED Lighting
  • Sleek R-Series Styling

I think that the beauty of this segment that Yamaha is now starting to carve with this engine segment is something that KTM did the 390 platform. Have one engine and modified chassis that support 3 different genres of motorcycling and thereby providing tons of fun. 

If you look closely this motorcycle is doing just what the MT-07 and the Terene 700 does – that is give a motorcycle that is accessible to a larger spectrum of audience with 3 things:

  1. Price
  2. Being 2 cylinder – less intimidating and wide
  3. Not many intrusive electronics like the riding modes and cornering abs etc.

What it does is one thing and one thing very, very well. The real performance side of this motorcycle can only be judged once we ride this motorcycle in comparison to the YZF- R6 so as to understand if it a worthy successor to the legend. 

Will it change the game? Definitely, not just it might change the game, but it might just create a new segment and flourish a healthy competition which was earlier making the motorcycles less fun and more technical.What’s your take on the same, let me know in the comments section below