UPDATED: May 19, 2021 13:08 IST
Yamaha has a rich heritage of building the most sought after Supersport motorcycles designed to deliver thrills on and off the track. From the rider-friendly YZF-R3 to the exclusive and track-focused YZF-R1M, the Yamaha R-series model lineup provides options for riders of all skill levels. Lately, however, the R6 had been long in the tooth and owing to the ever-increasing emission norms, it was time for an all-new design and engine. The all-new 2022 YZF-R7 bridges the gap between the entry-level YZF-R3 and the top-dog YZF-R1, offering a mid-level option for both new riders looking to grow into a more powerful motorcycle as well as experienced riders seeking a fully-faired motorcycle.
The new Yamaha YZF-R7 sits as a mid-level supersport in the R Series offering buyers an option between the R3 and the R1.
689cc CP2 Engine
YZF-R7 uses Yamaha’s proven 689cc liquid-cooled, four-stroke, in-line two-cylinder, DOHC CP2 engine. Forged aluminium pistons with direct-plated cylinders integrated with the crankcase make for lighter weight and excellent strength at higher temperatures, ensuring reliability at higher rpm. The cross-plane engine’s 270-degree crank provides an uneven firing sequence that Yamaha claims to offer torquey acceleration and linear power delivery for outstanding response at all engine speeds. Additionally, the R7 has an optimized secondary gear ratio.
Ultra-Narrow Lightweight Chassis
The YZF-R7’s ultra-narrow, high-strength steel frame provides excellent rigidity for a sporty and responsive ride by mounting aluminium centre braces near the swingarm pivot which improve torsional rigidity. Rake, trail, and wheelbase dimensions have also been optimized for better cornering. The narrow, lightweight frame design has resulted in the slimmest bodywork found in Yamaha’s Supersport lineup and reduces air resistance while incorporating the rider’s body into its design.
The new Yamaha YZF-R7’s 689cc engine pushes out 73.4bhp at 8,750rpm and 67Nm of torque at 6,500rpm and, is mated to a six-speed gearbox.
Sporty New Suspension
The 2022 YZF-R7 features an inverted KYB 41mm front fork with optimized spring rate and damping settings. The product-specific settings make for easy and predictable behaviour with a stiff feel for twisty roads and racetracks. The fork is fully adjustable for preload, rebound and compression damping force. They’re mounted on the steering tube via a forged aluminium lower triple clamp, and a gravity-cast aluminium upper triple clamp. A linked-type Monocross single-shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping does duty at the rear. The rear shock unit is mounted horizontally, fastened to the crankcase for efficient use of space and weight, contributing to mass centralization and further enhancing the R7’s compact size.
Potent Braking Power
The 2022 YZF-R7 is equipped with a new radial brake master cylinder from Brembo. This new Brembo radial master cylinder provides a more linear supply of hydraulic pressure to the radial mounted-mounted, 4-pot front brake callipers over dual 298mm front brake rotors.
The 2022 YZF-R7 features an inverted KYB 41mm front fork and linked rear monoshock along with a new Brembo braking system.
Comfort-Focused, Racing-Inspired Cockpit
The YZF-R7’s new racing-inspired cockpit puts the rider in a comfortable and confidence-inspiring position. A new seat with materials and cushioning used in the YZF-R1 combined with new low-profile fuel tank covers with deep knee recesses give the rider freedom to adjust positions while also providing a firmly planted feel when leaned over and under braking. Separate clip-on handlebars are set in relation to the rider’s hips and footpeg positions for an aggressive position allowing the rider to naturally grip the machine with confidence, especially when tucking behind the windscreen.
New LCD Instruments
The 2022 YZF-R7 features a new full LCD instrument panel. The high-contrast negative dashboard and its compact and lightweight multifunction display with larger displays for the clock, gear, trip meters and tachometer provide clear information. The use of spot colour gives an accent for the high-rpm range display and new handlebar switches enable the rider to operate the meter more easily and efficiently.
The 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 features an all-digital dash ala the R1 with its controls mounted on the handlebar but Yamaha hasn’t yet revealed the electronic rider aids or riding modes on offer.
New LED Lighting
The iconic R-Series M-shaped intake duct and twin-eye front design of the new YZF-R7 houses an adaptive bi-functional LED headlight. The R7 is also equipped with a new LED taillight and front and rear turn signals.
The new LED DRLs on the latest YZF-R7 give it a unique identity as Yamaha has opted to not take the styling cues from the R1 and R1M.