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2015 Yamaha FZ-07: Fun, Affordable - Review

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The 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 motorcycle is a satisfying, well-made bike selling for less than $7,000.

By: John Scott Lewinski

In the motorcycle world, Yamaha continues doing what most manufactures would scoff at as impossible: They’re making affordable, but quality bikes.

Last year, it was the Yamaha Star Bolt sportster for $7,990 making a lot of noise in the industry and ending up on multiple “best of 2013″ lists. It was successful introduction for the company with a solidly built, fun and reliable motorcycle within reach of both beginner riders and enthusiasts with limited disposable income. In the Bolt’s case, it did all that for less than $400 more than this year’s Harley-Davidson’s Street 750 – that company’s entry into the affordable bike market.

This year, Yamaha is introducing the $6,990 FZ-07 – a new sport bike marked for general street use. In fact, Yamaha officials describe it as a “naked sport motorcycle with an engine under 700 CCs.”

To introduce the FZ-07, Yamaha brought motorcycle journalists out to Seattle for a day-long ride event from the city and across Puget Sound for some two-wheeled island hopping.

The FZ-07 is the FZ-09’s little sister. Less powerful and cheaper, the FZ-07 immediately reminded me of a smaller, more affordable version of the Ducati Diavel Strada. The rider sits more upright than he or she would on a forward-riding sport bike over a broad center tank between the legs. That tank provides a strong center of gravity under the rider for reassuring confidence in turns at speed.

Understanding the FZ-07 should prove to be more of an entry-level bike, Yamaha took steps to make it a friendly and easy riding experience. They kept weight down to make it easier to handle at slower speeds and during hill starts. The engine also packs increased low end torque to prove very forgiving at lower gears — allowing the less experienced rider an extra moment or two to recover from a missed or forgotten shift.

For a bike that’s designed to be less expensive, the FZ-07 comes equipped with fully adjustable digital readouts and alerts. The end result is a motorcycle perfectly at ease in street conditions and highway rides. I was impressed that my arse wasn’t killing me after five or six hours outbound on a Japanese-made sport bike.

The riding experience is entertainment and carefree. When you need a little speed, it’s there. When you’re making an aggressive turn, there’s no slip or give. When you’re shifting on the fly or looking to rest your left hand with a little neutral gear moment, the transmission slips in when and where you need to it to every time. Adjusting riding modes and understanding the readouts are instinctive.

It’s safe to assume the FZ-07 is intended as an intro ride for a potential Yamaha rider. After riding it for a couple years, he or she could graduate to the FZ-09 or the FZ6R. But, after spending a couple days with the motorcycle, I think there will be plenty of riders who snag the FZ-07 and decide to stick with it for a while.

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I think this the best bike u can buy for $7000 is easy on the pocket and tons of fun right out of the door with no mods. And is soo comfortable for even long ride. Plenty of power for the city and the highways love this bike plus is a Yamaha nothing but quality.
agree, im sticking with this bike for a long time.
I too can see this bike being in the fold for a quite some time.
I think this the best bike u can buy for $7000 is easy on the pocket and tons of fun right out of the door with no mods. And is soo comfortable for even long ride. Plenty of power for the city and the highways love this bike plus is a Yamaha nothing but quality.
I couldn't agree more :)
Hi, New guy here. I got my bike three weeks ago and after not riding a street bike for many years looked for a friendly feel and this has answered the call. I felt old time comfortable in less than 20 miles and by fifty miles have the feeling this bike will do what I ask. I am just using it for basic affordable transportation and easy fun rides. I am loving this ride!
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I'm buying one over the winter, it'll be a spring delivery.
Been riding 23 years. I come from a sport bike background, started on a Honda CBR 600 Hurricane, have owned various 600/750/ litre bikes. Have also ridden cruisers for the past 7 years.

Just love the looks and sound of this bike. Planning of doing an Akrapovic and PCV.
There are faster/sharper handling/higher horsepower/exotic bikes to be had - but the 07 simply put, is a SWEEEEEEET ride :)

is it difficult to install the Akrapovic?
Aftermarket exhaust installation is fairly simple and straight-forward.....somewhat depending on the manufacturer and how they build them. In the scheme of things though, it's pretty simple. First, unplug your O2 sensor and remove with a wrench. Remove the four nuts that hold on the existing exhaust flange. Remove the bolt(s) that hold up the rest of the exhaust/muffler and slide the exhaust system forward a bit to remove the header pipes from the bike. Installing the new system will come with directions and make sure to follow them exactly as written. Make sure that you reinstall the O2 sensor that you removed before taking off the original exhaust. At most, it should be a two hour or less job......depending on coffee breaks, bathroom breaks, looking for tools if you aren't organized, etc.

Do remember though, most of the time when a full aftermarket system is installed and the D.B. killer is removed, you are going to need a fuel management computer...i.e. Power Commander, Badazz, etc to keep the Air/Fuel (A/F) ratios where it needs to be or you will most likely be running pretty lean.
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