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2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 Aims at Riders Moving Up

Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Canada

The 2022 YZF-R7 is available in blue or black. Yamaha photo

The 2022 YZF-R7 is available in blue or black. Yamaha photo

If your riding skills are advancing but your budget isn’t keeping pace, there’s a new option on the market.

The Yamaha YZF-R7 is looking to claim riders in their 20s and 30s whose skills have outpaced their small-displacement sportbikes but whose wallets haven’t increased in size along with their talents.

The all-new 2022 model is an “attainable race-ready supersport,” according to Yamaha Canada. They claim that positive Yamaha YZF-R3 sales data suggests that “affordability is important.” (No argument here.) So, they’ve stuck an MSRP of $10,799 on the new machine.

If you can picture an R3 going on a diet but bulking up at the same time, this is the bike you get. Its 689cc inline twin packs a bigger punch yet delivers the slimmest front profile of any R bike, the little 300 included.

Here are the specs: DOHC CP2 engine with a 270-degree crank. First Assist and slipper clutch. Inverted, fully adjustable 41mm KYB fork paired with a horizontally mounted shock adjustable for preload and rebound. 298mm front brake rotors grabbed by radially mounted four-piston calipers with a Brembo master cylinder. Full LCD instrument panel and full LED lighting.

The 2022 YZF R7 should be in dealers in June. Yamaha photo

The 2022 YZF R7 should be in dealers in June. Yamaha photo

Little bike, big tires

The 2022 BWs125 is ready for some adventure. Yamaha photo

The 2022 BWs125 is ready for some adventure. Yamaha photo

Shifting gears here a little bit – pun intended – we’ll look at the other 2022 Yamaha model announced today.

I swear when I saw the BWs125 scooter, I immediately thought BW200. Those chunky monkey tires put me in mind of Yamaha’s former fat-tired dirtbike, but a metaphorical step back let me look at the entire machine. With asymmetrical headlights, raised front fender, fork boots, and DURO tubeless fat tires, it calls to mind a tiny adventure bike. At least to my mind, anyway.

For your MSRP of $4,299, you get a Blue Core 125cc engine with variable valve timing and automatic V-belt transmission. 12-inch wheels. 245mm wave-type front disc and 230mm rear disc with unified braking. Adjustable headlights. LCD instruments. USB-A charging port. Plenty of storage.

Both models should be in dealer showrooms sometime in June.

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