By Kelly Callan
Taking aim at the mid-size sport bike market, the 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 is poised to steal market share from its closest competitors by targeting what the everyday rider is looking for in an aggressively priced package.
Coming on the heels of the well-received FZ-09 triple, Yamaha brings us its little brother, a brand new 689cc parallel twin FZ-07 that is easy to handle, gets great mileage, and on our first ride, we found it to be a total blast.
Throw a leg over the 2015 Yamaha FZ-07’s 31.9-inch seat and check out the ergonomics. While it’s not the shortest saddle in its class, the comfortable seat is wide and supportive in the rear, and then narrows down sharply where it meets the tank, allowing an easier reach to the ground. Nothing inspires confidence like feeling in control, and flat feet at a stop is a great start.
Adding to the FZ-07’s approachability is its incredibly light weight. Shaving off 10 pounds from its closest competitor, the Ducati Monster 696, and whacking off an incredible 75 pounds from Honda’s NC700X, the FZ-07 has a curb weight of 397 pounds, and it carries it low thanks to engine and chassis design.
The brand new engine was built to deliver plenty of low- to mid-range torque, and includes healthy acceleration at higher revs. I experienced a nice burst around 7000 rpm when I gave a healthy twist to the throttle in top gear on the freeway.
The all-new parallel twin benefits from the Crossplane Concept 270-degree crankshaft with its uneven firing order which makes the solidly oversquare powerplant not only easy to ride, but provides plenty of spunk for experienced …read more