Yamaha teases new R Series sport bike

Yamaha teases new R Series sport bike

7th May 2021 5:27 pm

The new R Series motorcycle is rumoured to be based on the Yamaha MT-07.

Yamaha has dropped a teaser video on its YouTube channel about its upcoming R Series sportbike.

  • New R Series motorcycle teased 

  • Exhaust note sounds similar to that of the Yamaha MT-07 

  • Yamaha recently filed the name YZF-R7 

New Yamaha R series: teaser video 

Yamaha's new teaser video mentions the imminent reveal of a new R Series sportbike, however, it doesn't show a glimpse of the motorcycle.

Instead, the video shows a rider-eye view of the racetrack as the motorcycle flows from corner to corner on a racetrack. Midway through the video, the view changes to a twisty mountain road, indicating that the new Yamaha R Series motorcycle is built for both track and street use. 

What could it be? 

Yamaha made a big announcement in November 2020, when it announced plans to discontinue the road-legal version of the YZF-R6. It left a big gap to the YZF-R1 and the lower R Series models.

However, speculation is rife that the new R Series motorcycle could be based on the 2021 Yamaha MT-07, indicating a new Yamaha middleweight R motorcycle. In fact, the exhaust note of the motorcycle in the teaser video sounds similar to the MT-07's 689cc, parallel-twin engine.

Adding further fuel to the speculation, Yamaha recently filed the name YZF-R7 with California’s Air Resources Board (CARB). The CARB filings reveal two registrations for the YZF-R7 – ‘YZFR7NCB’ and ‘YZFR7NCL’ – which the source suggests could be the colour schemes. There is a possibility that the chassis may be carried over as well, as the weight listed on the CARB documents is, again, identical to that of the MT-07. 

New R Series launch details 

Sadly, the Yamaha teaser video does not mention any launch date and we can expect to see some more teaser videos down the line, possibly with a glimpse of the motorcycle. Nevertheless, the new R Series motorcycle from Yamaha should be something to look forward to. 

As for the new R Series motorcycle going on sale in India, the chances are bleak.

Also see:

Yamaha FZ-X revealed in new spy images 

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