The parallel twin, with its unique 270-degree crank, is taken directly from the MT-07. Bore and stroke, compression ratio, gearbox… everything remains the same as the engine updated in 2021 to be Euro 5-compliant.
With the R7’s improved aerodynamics, Yamaha claim that the new bike has an eight per cent higher top speed than the naked MT-07, but would not confirm what that was. Clutch: Yamaha have fitted a “first assist and slipper clutch” which not only improves engine braking, but also reduces the clutch lever pressure by 33 per cent.
The chassis has more rigidity, the steering head angle is steeper, the rear has been lifted via a new linkage and a revised rear shock, wheelbase is shorter (by five mm).
Simply jump on and ride. Conventional ABS, but no traction control. The QSS is an optional extra fitted for the track sessions.
The R7 is equipped with radial-mounted fourpiston ADVICS front calipers with a Brembo master cylinder gripping 298-mm discs. The latter appear to be the same as on the MT-07.