Rumors came out early this year that Yamaha is set to bring back the R7. This plan was confirmed when Yamaha filed a registration of the title YZF-R7 in the USA, specifically for emission purposes. Shortly after, these renderings by Kardesign circulated the internet.
Also, Yamaha’s popular middleweight screamer, the Supersport R6, has been discontinued since November last year. This is probably to make way for a new more saleable R7. It is expected to be launched in the middle of 2022.
The last time a Yamaha R7 was on sale was 20 years ago. It was a racer replica producing 100 hp and produced in limited number of just 500 units as a homologation model for the World Superbike Championships when the displacement limit was only 750cc, much like the Panigale V4R and ZX-10RR homologation models of today.
However, the new R7 will not be an expensive, impractical and limited production bike made for a few serious racers only. It will be in fact, the opposite.
Based on the 74 hp twin cylinder engine and chassis used on the naked streetfighter MT-07, the new R7 will be cheaper, accessible, more comfortable and will be mass produced. It will be in the same spirit as the FZR-600R. It may be sold in markets where the MT-07 are currently sold. Yes, that will hopefully include the Philippines.
With the rumors of a Ninja 700R based in the Ninja 650 coming and the arrival of Aprilia’ RS 660 , it looks like there could be a shift in World Supersport regulations, much like when Superbike shifted from 750cc to 1000cc. Maybe a new Honda CBR700 twin is on the horizon as well?
This can only be good mews for the shrinking sportbike market as it will reignite the affordable middleweight segment, much like how the original FZR600/R6, CBR600F, GSX-600 and ZX-6 in the late 80′ and 1990’s. It developed grassroots and club racing globally!
Will you buy one? What do you think?
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