Hot on the heels of Yamaha’s Triple-powered FZ-09, the Tuning Fork brand offers an even more affordable version. The FZ-07 is built for would-be motorcyclists searching for their first full-sized motorcycle. It will be available in three colors (red, white and graphite) and carry a price of $6990— positioning it well below similar sized machines from other brands.
No doubt, Yamaha’s new Triple is expensive to manufacture. So because of its price point, the FZ-07 is powered by a water-cooled and fuel-injected 689cc Parallel Twin. The engine features an eight-valve, dual overhead camshaft-head, and what’s becoming signature for Yamaha street and sportbikes: its crossplane firing order. It sips fuel from a 3.7-gallon fuel tank and exhaust is pumped out via a clean-looking underbelly pipe. Yamaha rates the engine at 74 horsepower with 50 ft-lb of torque and claims it’s capable of delivering 58 mpg.
The engine is hung inside a blacked-out steel frame that uses it as a stressed component for improved handling. Suspension is comprised of a non-adjustable telescopic fork and spring preload-adjustable horizontally mounted hydraulic shock with 5.1-inches of travel at each end.
Power is put to the ground through a six-speed transmission and lightweight chain final drive. It rolls on a pair of 10-spoke cast aluminum rims shod with 600cc Supersport-sized Bridgestone tires (120/70-17 front and 180/55-17 rear). Braking hard parts are comprised of a pair of 282mm wave-style and cross-drilled discs clamped hydraulically by four-piston calipers with a solo 245mm disc and caliper out back.
Yamaha says the FZ-07 is 17 pounds lighter than its big brother, with a fully-fueled curb weight of 397 pounds. It also sports a low and rider-friendly 31.7-inch seat height. An all-digital LCD serves as instrumentation and includes a bar-graph style tachometer, gear position indicator, fuel, and consumption information, in addition to dual trip meters and a speedometer. The motorcycle will be arriving in U.S. dealers this July.