Yamaha could be developing a new YZF-R series supersport motorcycle which is likely to be based on the Yamaha MT-07 naked streetfighter. The motorcycle is expected to use the same underpinnings from the MT-07 but it will come with a supersport style fairing that will be on the lines of the YZF-R1 and the now discontinued YZF-R6.
The fully-faired Yamaha MT-07 is powered by a Euro5 compliant CP2 series 689cc liquid-cooled in-line two-cylinder engine that comes with a 270-degree crank angle from the Yamaha’s Crossplane Concept. The engine comes with a 2 into 1 exhaust with full EURO5 type approval. The new engine for the MT-07 has also been upgraded with optimised valve seats, differently cut angles for the dog gears that smoothen the gear shifts. The engine produces 74 Hp of power on the Yamaha MT-07 but the supersport motorcycle is likely to be tuned to deliver more power which could be close to the 80 Hp mark.
Chassis & Suspension
The Yamaha supersport is likely to come with the same chassis and suspension that underpins the Yamaha MT-07. The MT-07 features a high-strength steel frame that rides on 41mm KYB upside front forks and adjustable monoshock on the rear. The braking hardware is also expected to be carried over and the new motorcycle could get, larger 298mm diameter front discs.
Yamaha could name the new motorcycle YZF-R7 reviving the erstwhile R7 back to life but as of now no confirmed reports of the name or the timeline when the supersport model will be launched is available. More information on the same is awaited.
In Other News
Closer to home, Yamaha launched the new MY 2021 Yamaha FZ and Yamaha FZ-S priced at INR 1.04 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi and INR 1.07 lakh ex-showroom, Delhi respectively. The MY2021 FZ series motorcycles are lighter than the outgoing model and now come with a Side stand engine cutoff switch for safety, new colour options, and Bluetooth-enabled ‘Yamaha Motorcycle Connect X’.