After months of speculations, patent leaks and teasers, Yamaha has finally pulled the covers off the much awaited R7. The R7 is not positioned as a replacement for the more committed R6 which is now available only as a track bike. But, it does sit in between the YZF-R3 and the mighty YZF-R1 and is naturally the middleweight supersport offering from the Japanese manufacturer. Yamaha also clearly states that this bike doesn’t intend to be a successor of the original YZF-R7 that was launched back in 1999 and that they have used the R7 moniker simply in order to pay homage to it.
Yamaha R7 design
Take one look at the 2022 R7 and it immediately strikes distinct resemblance to the R series bikes like the R6 and the R1. Yamaha has used its supersport design language but the R7 has a few key elements that help distinguish it from the rest of the range, like the single position lamp, placed in the centre of the M-shaped duct unlike the R1 and R6 where there are two lamps tucked under the slit shaped DRLs. The R7 is also an extremely narrow bike courtesy the profile of the parallel-twin CP2 engine. Infact, Yamaha have managed to make the bike even narrower than the R3.Yamaha claims that the fairing design makes the bike exceptionally aerodynamic and will have a higher top speed than other Yamahas equipped with the same engine. The bike gets full LED illumination at both ends and a LCD instrument cluster. The Yamaha R7 will be available in two different colours, Icon Blue and Yamaha Black.