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Yamaha FZ-07 in Canada...

Below is an online article posted by "Cycle Canada". Sounds cool....

"The little brother that's still a badass

By James Nixon

The FZ-09, Yamaha’s recently launched and beautifully beastly 890 cc inline triple, caused a genuine stir among motorcycle journalists. It’s raw, visceral, abundantly powerful and a blast to ride. However, it caused some trepidation as well; it’s a lot of bike, and in the hands of inexperienced riders it could be dangerous. But its price point ($8,999) places it within reach of the masses, while glowing reviews cause it to be coveted – especially by the impressionable and uninitiated.

Yamaha allays our fears of youthful FZ-09 follies with its new 2015 FZ-07, a smaller, more manageable sibling that nonetheless maintains the family resemblance and appeal – and at $7,299, it’s even more affordable. I sample the FZ-07 at a recent press launch in British Columbia and find that, although small, this little brother packs a powerful punch.

The FZ-07 has an all-new engine, a liquid-cooled, DOHC, 689 cc parallel twin with four valves per cylinder. Yamaha says it produces 75 horsepower and 50 lb-ft of torque. They also say it only requires regular fuel (87 octane), so filling its 14-litre fuel tank won’t break the bank. (At least, it won’t break the bank as much – gas prices aren’t what they used to be.) The bike has a six-speed transmission, with sixth gear an overdrive for smoother cruising.

The FZ-07’s steel frame is a diamond-type design. The swingarm is asymmetrical, with a “gull wing design” on the right side to provide clearance for the stubby single muffler. The 41 mm conventional fork is not adjustable, while the horizontal single shock has nine settings of preload adjustability and mounts directly to the crankcase.

Brakes are dual 282 mm discs with four-piston calipers up front, a 245 mm disc with single-piston caliper at the rear. Sadly, ABS is not available in Canada (it is in Europe) – Yamaha had to meet its price point somehow. (Still, why not offer it as an option?) Rims are 17-inchers, wearing a 120/70 tire at the front and a healthy 180/55 boot at the back.

In terms of size, the FZ-07 is svelte. It’s narrow and compact, with a flat seat that won’t shunt you forward into the tank (gents, your genitals will thank you). A seat height of 805 mm should be manageable for most riders. Adding to that manageability is the FZ-07’s incredibly light curb weight of only 180 kg.

Controls are simple and straightforward; there are no riding modes or traction control settings to select, no electronic suspension adjustments to make. The digital display is clear and easy to read – though it’s quite low, requiring me to drop my chin to see it – with a speedometer, bar-style tachometer, fuel gauge, gear indicator, clock, and ECO indicator. It also shows your choice of odometer, trip meters, fuel consumption figures, air temperature or coolant temperature. The display also has adjustable back lighting.

The FZ-07’s performance, while by no means jaw-dropping, is still impressive. The engine has a great blend of torque and smoothness – more torquey than many twins, smoother than the FZ-09’s triple. Yamaha says the FZ-07’s mill is made for riding in the real world (“fun riding, NOT lap records”), with the meatiest part of its powerband situated in the midrange. Things get a bit buzzy approaching redline – though with such great pull through the midrange there’s no need to rev that high anyway. Despite its toned-down nature, the FZ-07 still sounds great – not the same howl as the FZ-09, but enough character to elevate your pulse. Clutch pull is light, fueling well sorted, and shifting precise and positive.

I found the suspension to be a touch on the soft side, though that probably has more to do with my size than the bike’s shortcomings (smaller riders had no complaints). For me, adding some rear preload would likely have helped firm up the ride. The FZ-07 holds the road well regardless, and easily absorbs all but the worst bumps B.C. has to offer.

The braking setup provides plenty of stopping power, though the initial bite of the front brake is less than I expected – perhaps an unfair comparison to the ferociously good front brake of the FZ-09. Still, steady pressure results in smooth, solid stops, and the brakes are entirely adequate.

There’s no denying the FZ-07 is a small motorcycle – it feels more like a 500, even a 300 cc bike when you’re straddling it. Although for me it’s snug, it’s also surprisingly comfortable. After 300-plus kilometers traversing Vancouver Island I only experience some mild discomfort from its somewhat firm seat. The riding position is mostly upright (just a hint of forward lean), pegs place your feet under your hips, and narrow grips fall readily to hand. Steering is light, and the bike is quick and agile, making it a joy to throw around on B.C.’s beautifully flowing roads.

The FZ-07 is a well-balanced bike that’s a bargain to boot. It’s ideal for riders stepping up from something smaller, and is a bike that initiates won’t soon outgrow. It provides an unintimidating platform to hone riding skills, bridging the gap between entry-level bikes and larger, more sport-focused machines. But it’s not just for newer motorcyclists; I’ve been riding for over a decade and genuinely enjoyed the FZ-07.

Want one? It’ll be in Canadian dealerships by late June. Want more information? Watch the pages of our print publication for full coverage of the FZ-07 press launch."

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Okay, as a former resident of Northbay Ont., I just want to pass along to my Canadian brothers something....I hate you. I hate you so much.
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Sounds great, as long as the position is upright!

Looks like you have to lean over the tank a little?





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I've heard that the FZ-07 will be unveiled in the US this summer. I saw a video of a guy riding one in the Canary Islands and he couldn't stop laughing about how much fun it was. I was all set to get an FZ-09 this spring, but our sewer lines decided they needed all our money last Christmas. I think Yamaha hit a few out of the park with these bikes.
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No need to hate. It's coming to south of the border.

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The photo of Nixon riding under the swing makes it look like a mini bike. No way a lanky dude like me could ride that bike in comfort.
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How did they get 75 ponies out of the engine. I'd be up for staying around the same size if I could get a power punch from the V's 60+-, but have no interst in one of the high hp triples. What are the newest V's rated at?

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Bet the HP number will go UP if the Yam is a success...!

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FZ-07' 689 cc engine produces 74 hp @ 9,000 rpm, and 50.2 ft-lbs torque @ 6,500 rpm.

Versys engine is only 649 cc, with 64 hp at 8,400 rpm, compared with the ER-6/Ninja's 72.1 hp at 8,500 rpm. Torque is 44.9 lb-ft at 6,800rpm, compared with the Ninja's 48.7 lb·ft at 7,000 rpm.

Don't expect numbers to change until a new engine is designed.

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Hmmmm, there are a few 72HP Versys motos out there.
I THOUGHT the sign on the "Rat" said it had 649 HP...?


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Versys engine is only 649 cc, with 64 hp at 8,400 rpm, compared with the ER-6/Ninja's 72.1 hp at 8,500 rpm. Torque is 44.9 lb-ft at 6,800rpm, compared with the Ninja's 48.7 lb·ft at 7,000 rpm.

Don't expect numbers to change until a new engine is designed.
72.1 hp "cop motor" from Ninja 650R/ER-6 was the original concept, from which Versys' engine was derived.

FZ-07 is in the ER-6' league.

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72.1 hp "cop motor" from Ninja 650R/ER-6 was the original concept, from which Versys' engine was derived.

FZ-07 is in the ER-6' category.
Having ridden a few Ninja 650s I much prefer the Versys motor which has increased torque down low in the RPM range at the expense of a few top end horse power that are only accessible at WOT. The Versys engine feels more powerful at part throttle compared to the Ninja motor and has a more linear power curve.

Looking forward to test driving the FZ-09. Wish they would make an X version of this bike with some wind protection and fix the weak suspension issues with the FZ-09 that every review of this bike seems to complain about. I would seriously consider an FZ-09 if the aftermarket provides solutions at a reasonable cost.

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Perhaps Versys owns enough of the market for Yamaha to develop a Tenere version with the 270 degree 689 twin powerplant.
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I wanted to say it like Cartman does on South Park. Anyway, yeah it's here already, but Canyada still got the grey, which I personally like. Having lived up north, I have an unrequited love. At least I get Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays during the season. A bit off topic....
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Having lived up north, I have an unrequited love. At least I get Hockey Night in Canada on Saturdays during the season. A bit off topic....
You wouldn't happen to be a baseball fan of a certain Great White North team too, would you? (Seattle has quite a few Blue Jays fans.)
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