According to the filings made to California Air Resources Board (CARB) that were uncovered, Yamaha will be resurrecting the YZF-R7 for an upcoming 2022 bike model. However, the name will be the only thing in common with that of the notorious 1999 YZF-R7.
The YZF-R7 was first released in 1999 as an ‘out of the box’ racing machine. It came with a 749cc inline-four 4 stroke engine that produced 106 horsepower from the factory. But its powerplant wasn’t the only thing to rave about – it also sported Öhlins suspension, titanium engine internals, and a frame geometry derived from race bikes of the period. In short, the Yamaha R7 was a beast that was tough to get your hands on due to its limited 500 unit production (not to mention the prices they sold for…).
After a 21-year run, the startling news hit in late 2020 of the discontinuation of the iconic YZF-R6. This left a large gap in Yamaha’s supersport lineup – leaving the YZF-R3 and the YZF-R1 to hold the fort. It also left nothing to compete with Aprillia’s midsized supersport – the RS 660.
If you were hoping to see the return of the iconic Japanese exotic YZF-R7, we regret to inform you that will not be happening. Instead, Yamaha is said to be taking the existing MT-07 and turning it into a supersport. Resurrecting the iconic “YZF-R7” name for use with a bike that sports a 689cc parallel-twin just sounds wrong, but we must wait to see if it stacks up.
Yamaha’s use of the R7 name will have true enthusiasts holding the new model to a very high expectation. The engine in the new R7 will likely be taken from the existing MT-07 model, but hopefully, we see changes to the chassis, …read more