No, it doesn’t replace the R6; just disabuse yourself of that notion right now

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Yamaha plugs the hole in its YZF line between the R3 and R1 Supersports with the all-new-for 2022 YZF-R7 model. Power comes from the proven CP2 plant with a new LCD instrument bundle, all LED lighting, and adjustable KYB suspension as part of the stock equipment package. All of this is built around the narrowest YZF platform that also incorporates the pilot’s body in the overall shape to maximize penetration. This is also the first YZF model to come stock with a slip-and-assist clutch for an extra layer of safety on the street, and even the track if you’re into that sort of thing.

  • 2022 Yamaha YZF-R7
  • Year:
    2022
  • Make:
  • Model:
  • Engine:
    Parallel Twin
  • Displacement:
    689 cc
  • Top Speed:
    153 mph
  • Price:
    8999
  • Price:

2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 Design

  • Adaptive bi-functional headlight
  • LCD display
  • New handlebar controls
  • LED lighting
2022 Yamaha YZF-R7
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2022 Yamaha YZF-R7
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The new R7 is the slimmest member of the YZF stable, and it also has the greatest level of rider/machine integration.

The new YZF-R7 is the slimmest member of Yamaha’s supersport lineup, and it also has the greatest level of rider/machine integration, all to improve penetration and lower drag. The windtunnel-tested magic is apparent right away in the vented front fender and its foil-shaped uprights that shunt the wind outboard and into laminar flow with the engine cowl. At the tip of the nose is an M-shaped port in the fairing that capitalizes on the pressurized air just in front of the bike for a budget boost to the engine’s volumetric efficiency.

Recessed dual LED headlights in the fairing work alongside a central beam with an Adaptive Bi-Functional feature that helps keep the light pool where you need it, even in the curves. The mirrors ride atop long stalks, but I can’t help thinking that Yamaha missed an opportunity by not sticking the blinkers into the mirror housings. Instead we have these afterthought-class turn signals that are sure to go bye-bye the first time you drop it in the parking lot.

A WSBK-style bubblescreen works with the aggressive rider’s triangle to make both man and machine part of the finished shape. Clip-on bars mount under the top of the tripletree to encourage a forward-leaning posture. The 3.4-gallon fuel tank contributes an appropriately sized hump to the flyline that, along with the upswept tail, forms a deep swale that slings the pilot’s butt at 32.9 inches off the deck.

Like the vast majority of would-be racebikes that are built for the streets, the R7 rocks a barely-there pillion pad with fold-up footpegs for a very brave passenger. A dead-narrow LED taillight rides in the tip of the tail while the back blinkers and plateholder are mounted on the mudguard, ostensibly for easy removal ahead of track days.

The instrumentation is packed into a new, high-contrast, liquid-crystal display screen for ease of operation, right along with the new handlebar switches and controls that also streamline operation.

2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 Chassis

  • Slimmest R-series model
  • Supersport ergonomics
  • Eager in the corners and quick reversals
  • All-new linked-type Monocross single-shock
2022 Yamaha YZF-R7
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2022 Yamaha YZF-R7
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2022 Yamaha YZF-R7
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The lightweight high-strength steel frame gives a balance of rigidity and nimble handling.

Not only is the new chassis on the YZF-R7 ultra narrow, it’s also super light to help contribute to the low 414-pound curb weight. High-strength steel tubing delivers ample rigidity, but the engine contributes to the overall structure by serving as a low-flex member that displaces the cradle section of the frame. An asymmetrical swingarm finishes the standing structure with a straight arm on the drive side and a gull-wing member on the exhaust side.

A single, coil-over “Monocross” shock lays nearly horizontally in the bike, and like the steering head, it relies on the engine as a structural member. Adjustable spring preload and rebound damping are the only tweaks to the rear end. Up front, a set of 41 mm, usd KYB forks rocks the full trinity of adjustments so you can dial in for your ride whether it be road or track.

Both ends ride on a generous 5.1 inches of suspension travel. Rake and trail are dead-short at 23.4-degrees and 3.5-inches respectively for a remarkably agile nature that pairs well with the narrow/light frame for quick flicks and confident reversals.

Cast, 17-inch wheels round out the rolling chassis and come shod with Bridgestone BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S22 E tires in a 120/70 ahead of a 180/55. The rubber has a “Z” rating, so it’s rated to handle anything you and the R7 can dish out.

Dual, four-pot Brembo calipers bite 298 mm front discs with a single-bore anchor and 245 mm disc to take care of business out back. ABS comes standard, but know that it’s non-switchable.

Front Suspension / Travel: Telescopic fork; adjustable for preload, rebound and compression/ 5.1 in
Rear Suspension / Travel: Linked-type Monocross shock, adjustable preload and rebound/ 5.1 in
Rake (Caster Angle): 23°40’
Trail: 3.5 in
Front Brakes: 298 mm hydraulic disc, w/ABS
Rear Brakes: 245 mm hydraulic disc, w/ABS
Front Tire: 120/70ZR17 Bridgestone BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S22F E
Rear Tire: 180/55ZR17 Bridgestone BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S22R E

2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 Drivetrain

  • Liquid-cooled 698 cc CP2 engine
  • Smooth acceleration and linear torque
  • New Assist and Slipper clutch
  • Optional quickshifter
2022 Yamaha YZF-R7
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2022 Yamaha YZF-R7
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2022 Yamaha YZF-R7
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An 80 mm bore and 68.6 mm stroke on the YZF-R7 gives the lump a 689 cc total displacement with a middling 11.5-to-1 compression ratio. U.S. power figures are scarce, but the EU model cranks out 72.4 horsepower at 8,750 rpm with 49.4 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 rpm. The engine is exactly like the one in the MT-07, but the six-speed transmission comes with shorter gears to maximize acceleration, and of course, the new Assist and Slipper clutch is there to prevent the dreaded rear wheel-hop on hard downshifts.

It’s a vertical twin, or a parallel-twin if you prefer, but the crank comes with a 270-degree offset between the first- and second-cylinder throws so it sounds more like a V-twin at idle. Plus, it delivers improved traction due to the rear wheel having a chance to gain purchase over the longer of the two firing intervals.

Dual over-head cams time four poppets per cylinder for effective aspiration, no doubt this has a synergistic relationship with the ram-air port in the nose. While the slipper clutch delivers a lighter lever pull weight than a standard setup, it can get even fancier if you spring for the optional Quick Shift System that delivers seamless upshifts without ever rolling off the throttle or touching the clutch lever, a must-have for aspiring racers. Top speed is around 163 mph with stock gearing and original-equipment chain-type final drive.

Engine: 689 cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC inline twin-cylinder; 4-valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 80.0 mm x 68.6 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel injection
Transmission: 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch; with Assist & Slipper clutch
Final Drive: Chain

2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 Price

2022 Yamaha YZF-R7
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2022 Yamaha YZF-R7
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MSRP on the new YZF-R7 is $8,999 whether you like the stealthy Performance Black or the Team Yamaha Blue color package. Yamaha covers your new ride with its one-year limited factory warranty.

Warranty: 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color: Team Yamaha Blue, Performance Black
Price: $8,999

2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 Competitors

2022 Yamaha YZF-R7
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2014 - 2021 Honda CBR600RR
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All of the serious players have a race/street entry in the mid-range displacement bracket, and for Honda, this is the CBR600RR model.

Honda CBR600RR

2014 - 2021 Honda CBR600RR
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Honda runs with a liquid-cooled four-banger lump that clocks in with 599 cc, 119 horsepower, and 47 pounds o’ grunt against Yammie’s 72.4/49.4 output, a comparison that clearly shows the potential difference between a twin-cylinder mill and a four-banger, that’s for sure. Plus, the Honda revs up to an astounding 14,000 rpm due to inertia-reducing efforts, so there’s that to consider, as well.

Like Yamaha, Honda’s design team look to add some downward force at the front wheel through the use of external foil-shaped winglets. Fully adjustable Showa Big-Piston forks and an equally adjustable rear shock more or less break even with the R7’s stems in tune-ability, and Honda may even lose a slight edge in the chassis electronics with an optional ABS model for which Yamaha throws in as standard. You’ll pay for that feature to the tune of $12,899, but even the base model fetches a fine price at $11,899 which will be hard to justify against the R7’s $8,999 sticker.

Read our full review of the Honda CBR600RR.

He Said

“As far as mid-range crotch rockets go, the YZF family has long been one of my favorites. It cuts a figure all its own in a market flooded with full-panel supersports, and I gotta’ say, the man-machine integration efforts do not go unnoticed. I mean, it just pulls you right into the void left by the tapered tank and broad-shouldered upper cowling. A very sexy beast in its own way.”

She Said

My wife and fellow motorcycle writer, Allyn Hinton, says, “ The new YZF-R7 is not a replacement for the R6, so if your hopes were up at the R7’s announcement, let yourself down easy. The R6 would chew up the R7 and spit it out in little pieces, so what’s the deal with this new mid-displacement member of the YZF stable? This new model is for the everyday sportbike rider. It’s a more manageable bike with manageable power in a YZF outer coating and MT-07 innards.

2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 Specifications

Engine & Drivetrain:
Engine: 689 cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC inline twin-cylinder; 4-valves per cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 80.0 mm x 68.6 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel injection
Transmission: 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch; with Assist & Slipper clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Chassis:
Front Suspension / Travel: Telescopic fork; adjustable for preload, rebound and compression/ 5.1 in
Rear Suspension / Travel: Linked-type Monocross shock, adjustable preload and rebound/ 5.1 in
Rake (Caster Angle): 23°40’
Trail: 3.5 in
Front Brakes: 298 mm hydraulic disc
Rear Brakes: 245 mm hydraulic disc
Front Tire: 120/70ZR17 Bridgestone BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S22F E
Rear Tire: 180/55ZR17 Bridgestone BATTLAX HYPERSPORT S22R E
Dimensions & Capacities:
L x W x H: 81.5 in x 27.8 in x 45.7 in
Seat Height: 32.9 in
Wheelbase: 54.9 in
Minimum Ground Clearance: 5.3 in
Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gals
Fuel Economy: 58 mpg
Curb Weight: 414 lbs
Details:
Warranty: 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color: Team Yamaha Blue, Performance Black
Price: $8,999

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TJ Hinton
TJ Hinton
T.J got an early start from his father and other family members who owned and rode motorcycles, and by helping with various mechanical repairs throughout childhood. That planted a seed that grew into a well-rounded appreciation of all things mechanical, and eventually, into a formal education of same. Though primarily a Harley rider, he has an appreciation for all sorts of bikes and doesn't discriminate against any particular brand or region of origin. He currently holds an Associate's degree in applied mechanical science from his time at the M.M.I.  Read full bio
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