Back in 1999, Yamaha released the R7, an insanely high-end $32,000 homologation special built to compete in WSBK and endurance events. Only 500 units were produced, though fast-forward 22-years-later to today, and the Tuning Fork Company has just revived the R7 moniker for a new fully-faired supersport model that sees Yamaha’s MT-07 platform adorned in YZF-R6-style bodywork.
In lieu of the traditional inline-fours found inside Yamaha’s R6 and R1, the R7 utilizes the brand’s liquid-cooled cross-plane crank-equipped 689cc “CP2” parallel-twin engine, reducing weight and allowing for a more street and commuter-friendly sportbike. Taking visual inspiration from Yamaha’s YZR-M1 MotoGP missiles, the new R7 features the company’s classic M-shaped intake duct, which now houses a projector-style headlight, while the opposite end of the bike boasts a tail that looks nearly identical to that of Yamaha’s flagship superbike. Despite its sub-$9K MSRP, the R7 comes with some impressive componentry including an inverted KYB 41mm front-end, radial-mount calipers linked to a Brembo master cylinder, adaptive LED headlights, a full-color LCD display, and an optional quick-shifter. Available for reservation now, the 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 is priced at $8,999 — $3,200 less than the R6 and $3,700 more than the R3.
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