Yamaha FZ-07 Available Stateside In July

Tom Roderick
by Tom Roderick

Hot on the heels of the stellar FZ-09 comes its smaller displacement counterpart, the FZ-07. Priced at $6990, the new twin-cylinder FZ is set to hit dealer showroom floors this July as a 2015 model. Already available in foreign markets (our Canadian correspondent, Costa Mouzouris, reviewed the FZ-07 here) we’ve been awaiting word from Yamaha of US-bound FZ-07s with bated breath.

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Narrowly defeated last year by the Triumph Street Triple R in our Four-Thirds Shootout, the FZ-09’s combination of performance and affordable price make it a crowd favorite and the FZ-07 should manage an equivalent affect. At $6990 the new 689cc FZ, with a claimed 74 horsepower and 50 ft-lbs of torque, bests comparable bikes from Honda (CBR650F: $8499) and Suzuki (SFV650: $8149) by more than $1k.

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Yamaha says the FZ-07's engine "develops up to 50 foot pounds of torque and is designed to maximize riding excitement."

Yamaha is billing the FZ-07 as a motorcycle newer or intermediate riders should find enticing. Like the FZ-09, the FZ-07 is meant to associate with its supersport cousin R1, via its “Crossplane Concept,” 270-degree crank, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve, parallel-Twin. Besides price and displacement, the FZ-07 differs from the FZ-09 by way of it being a parallel-Twin, whereas the FZ-09 is an inline Triple, and by way of its high tensile steel frame, compared the FZ-09’s aluminum one.

Other highlights of the 2015 FZ-07 include:

  • 397-pound wet weight (17 lbs lighter than FZ-09)
  • LCD instrument panel
  • Non-adjustable 41mm fork with 5.1 inches of travel
  • Preload adjustable Monocross shock with 5.1 inches of rear travel
  • Dual floating, wave-style 282mm discs with 4-pot calipers
  • 31.7-inch seat height
  • Available colors: Liquid Graphite; Rapid Red; Pearl White
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    Tom Roderick

    A former Motorcycle.com staffer who has gone on to greener pastures, Tom Roderick still can't get the motorcycle bug out of his system. And honestly, we still miss having him around. Tom is now a regular freelance writer and tester for Motorcycle.com when his schedule allows, and his experience, riding ability, writing talent, and quick wit are still a joy to have – even if we don't get to experience it as much as we used to.

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