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2015 Yamaha FZ-07 First Look

Thursday, June 5, 2014

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.

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mlsroofing   July 19, 2014 11:32 PM
What did mean by big brother in the content. Is it YAMAHA FZ-05
roadburner63   June 11, 2014 04:11 PM
According to rumor, the entire Yamaha sportbike line-up may be triples in the future. At least the 600cc and over's.
Drunkula   June 10, 2014 09:58 AM
A single FZ-06? That'd be cool. I don't recall them having a road-going 600 single since the mid-80s model, SRX-6.
Sentinel   June 7, 2014 11:03 AM
The bad news is that owners are complaining of a very serious and potentially life threatening issue of the engine randomly stalling on them out on the road. Until Yamaha positively addresses and corrects this issue I'd stay away from this one.
22AaronW   June 5, 2014 04:17 PM
3,2,1... Makes since.
thomboz   June 5, 2014 10:43 AM
Cool! Next we will see the new FZ-06 powered by a 600cc single?