Yamaha R7 2021

Check out the full specs of the brand new Yamaha R7

A few leaked images last week, well here’s the official details of the all new Yamaha R7

The all new Yamaha R7

Falling sales on the 600cc supersport meant that Yamaha took the heafty decsion to take the iconic R6 out of production, and produce a track only version. To plug the hole Yamaha have released the R7 derived from the ever popular MT-07’s power plant.

What's new?

Well obviously the stunning R1M – inspired bodywork. 

From the centrally-mounted cold air intake in the fairing to the shape of the fuel tank and seat unit. The new R7 looks every inch a Yamaha R-Series machine. Mounted within the front air intake is a small LED light, with signature Y-shaped LED DRLs flanking the nose cone. The R1 influences don’t stop there, with the tail unit also featuring aerodynamic cutouts as seen on the firm’s flagship sports bikes.

USD forks and Blue Spot calipers are obviously an improvement over the naked MT-07

The final big change introduced with the Yamaha R7 is the adoption of an assisted slipper clutch for smoother and easier shifting on road and track. Yamaha is claiming that the new A&S clutch will also provide a significantly lighter feel at the lever, approximately 33% less than a standard clutch.

Yamaha R7 engine

Using the latest generation Euro5 CP2 engine, the R7’s performance stats remain the same as the naked MT-07. That means 72.3bhp at 8,750rpm and 50lb-ft of torque at 6,500rpm. For 2021 the CP2 gains a new ECU, revised exhaust with new catalyst arrangement, optimised intake ducts, and new fuel injection settings. In addition to this, the new R7 runs a slightly reduced secondary gear reduction ratio for improved acceleration.

Optional Quick Shift System: Seamless upshifts for full-on acceleration   

R7 riders can choose to have an optional Quick Shift System (QSS) fitted to their new Supersport by the supplying Yamaha dealer. This simple but effective QSS features a switch positioned on the gear shift rod, and when any upshifting movement is detected the ECU instantaneously cuts power to the transmission for a few milliseconds, allowing for faster and smoother full throttle upshifts for even more exhilarating acceleration.

Newly designed link-type Monocross rear suspension

The R7 adopts a redesigned link-type Monocross rear suspension system with damping characteristics and a spring rate, that are designed to suit the sporty character of the bike. Being horizontally mounted, the shock contributes towards mass centralisation that enhances handling agility – and is easily adjustable for preload and rebound damping, enabling the R7 chassis to be quickly set up for track or street use.

Supersport riding position: Clip-ons, rearsets and solo-style rider’s seat

The R7’s sporty riding position is the result of many hours of test riding by factory riders, and the use of clip-ons confirms the bike’s genuine Supersport DNA. After experimenting with a wide variety of bar/seat/footrest configurations, the final result is designed to give a sporty yet adaptable riding position that allows plenty of freedom of body position to master different riding situations – especially race tracks and twisty roads.

An important feature is the seat design which is narrow around the rider’s inner thighs and wider at the rear, allowing maximum freedom of movement. The back sweep and drop angle of the clip-on handlebars and the positioning of the rear sets have been carefully considered in order to realise a tucked-in riding position that enables the rider to achieve optimum control together with the greatest possible aerodynamic efficiency. The ability to tuck tightly into the machine is enhanced by the deeply indented tank cover, and these knee pockets also enable the rider to grip the bike during braking and cornering.

The solo-style seat features a bump-stop design with a passenger pad on top of the tail, and the optional Yamaha Genuine Accessories seat cowl can be easily fitted to the R7 for riders who only go solo. 

Radial mount calipers and radial master cylinder: High performance with fingertip control  

The R7’s genuine R-Series credentials can be seen in the high specification front braking system, featuring radial-mount 4-piston brake calipers that give accurate and uniform stopping power for the ultimate in fingertip control. This advanced front braking system also includes a Brembo radial master cylinder that delivers linear brake pressure for enhanced controllability.

Ultra-athletic dimensions: The search for perfect control

What makes the R7 such an attractive Supersport for a wide range of customers is the fact that it is designed to enable its rider to achieve a high level of control in many different situations. A key element that makes the R7 owner feel truly at one with their machine is its compact and athletic outline that allows the rider to be in charge of the machine, rather than the machine dominating the rider.

With a wet weight of just 188 kg and compact proportions, it means that the bike is highly accessible and riders can become an integral part of this new generation Supersport. Along with its mass centralised design, low frontal area and small moment of inertia, the compactness gives the R7 rider a feeling of total control that helps to elevate their riding and confidence to another level, while at the same time boosting the enjoyment of a trackday experience, weekend ride or daily commute.  

Super-slim R-Series bodywork: Reduced air resistance for optimal performance

The key to pushing any Supersport bike through the air most effectively is to keep its frontal area as small as possible, and this is where the R7 has a strong advantage. Its compact CP2 engine is one of the narrowest in the 700cc class, and the minimalist tubular chassis keeps overall dimensions to a minimum. These factors have enabled Yamaha to create the slimmest ever R-Series – that’s even narrower than the R3 and R125 – making the R7 one of the most aerodynamically efficient bikes with a rider on board.

The incredibly small frontal area not only makes the R7 one of the most stunning looking supersport models, but it also pays dividends in terms of performance. Producing the same maximum power as any other CP2-powered Yamaha, the aerodynamic new R7 is capable of achieving a significantly higher top speed.

Evolving R-Series face: Pure and aggressive as ever

With its aggressive twin-eye glare and YZR-M1 MotoGP™ bike style M-shaped air intake, there can be no doubt in anyone’s mind that the R7 is a fully paid-up member of the R-Series family. The R7 represents the evolution of the R-Series face, and features a single LED headlight recessed within the iconic M-shaped air duct, while LED position lights are located within the twin-eye face – and there’s a new air deflector located at the base of the intake.

Newly designed full LCD instruments

The compact Supersport cockpit features newly designed lightweight LCD instruments with a high-contrast negative mode display that gives clear and easy to absorb information, allowing the R7 rider to focus on the road ahead. Features include gear indicator as well as a shift indicator light, and a QSS indicator when this optional feature is used.

Lightweight 10-spoke alloy wheels

For easy manoeuvrability together with agile handling and responsive suspension action the R7 is equipped with lightweight 10-spoke cast alloy wheels. A high level of traction is provided by a 120/70ZR17 front tyre and a wide 180/55ZR17 rear tyre that deliver stable and confident roadholding when cornering, accelerating and braking.  

Technical Highlights

  • Compact, high-torque, 689cc, CP2 crossplane technology engine
  • EU5 compliant
  • Ultra-compact design with pure R-Series DNA
  • Highly aerodynamic full fairing with aluminium lower cover
  • High specification inverted 41 mm front forks
  • Link-type Monocross rear suspension with newly designed shock
  • A&S clutch
  • Lightweight tubular frame with aluminium centre brace for tuned chassis rigidity
  • Clip-on handlebars and lightweight rearsets with stylish heel guards
  • Sporty and adaptable tucked-in riding position
  • Aggressive R-Series twin-eye face with LED position lights
  • Powerful central LED headlight
  • Lightweight 10-spoke cast alloy wheels
  • Radial mount front brake calipers with Brembo radial master cylinder
  • Supersport cockpit design with full LCD instruments
  • Central M-shaped front air duct
  • Powerful front and rear brakes
  • Slimline 13-litre fuel tank with deeply sculpted knee indents
  • R-series style tail
  • 120/70 front tyre, 180/55 rear tyre 

R7 colours, availability and price

The dynamic new R7 is available in two colour options, and has been chosen to debut the next-generation R-series colours and graphics.

The first colour option is Icon Blue which is used on the upper body surfaces as well as the lower aluminium panels and wheels – while the sides of the fairing feature a contrasting darker matte blue. Engine, frame covers and swingarm are finished in Crystal Graphite that accentuates the power and dynamism of the R7.  

The R7 will also be available in a Yamaha Black colour option with minimal graphics and accents. This gloss black finish gives the bike a purposeful look, and is complemented by the Crystal Graphite engine and chassis. The beauty of this pure colour scheme is that is works well with a range of different riding gear, and gives the R7 an understated character that looks right in any situation, from the race track to the open road or city.

Deliveries to European Yamaha dealers will commence from October 2021. Prices vary per region, please contact the national Yamaha distributor for full information.

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