2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 World GP 60th Anniversary Preview

by | Sep 24, 2021 | MotoSocial, Yamaha

The newest member of Yamaha’s sportbike line, the YZF-R7 will come in special World GP 60th Anniversary dress in 2022. (Yamaha/)

In celebration of 60 years of World Grand Prix competition, Yamaha is releasing a number of anniversary edition sportbikes for the 2022 model year. We previously took a look at the flagship YZF-R1 and now will get a closer view of its newest sibling, the YZF-R7.

Considering the R7 is a brand-new model for 2022, it’s no surprise that the anniversary edition is an aesthetic upgrade only. It will be dressed in Yamaha’s iconic white and red block color scheme, featuring gold wheels and a gold fork along with special-edition badging and GP-inspired Tuning Fork emblems. The World Grand Prix 60th Anniversary YZF-R7 will be available in dealerships in January with a $9,299 MSRP.

The inline-twin-powered YZF-R7 anniversary edition will price at $9,299.

The inline-twin-powered YZF-R7 anniversary edition will price at $9,299. (Yamaha/)

If you’d like to go into more depth on the details of the YZF-R7, check out our first ride review, our track review, or our MC Commute. If all you need is a quick rundown, here are the broad strokes.

Yamaha replaced its four-cylinder R6 with the twin-cylinder R7 owing to declining sales and the R6′s higher price tag. The R7 sources the same mill powering the MT-07 to produce what our tester termed an “easy riding, full-fairing streetbike.” The R7 is more akin to the R3 in its design than the outgoing R6 in terms of its relatively stripped-down electronics (as in almost none except ABS and an optional quickshifter upgrade) and lower-spec suspension, but the ergos and design are sporty enough to make the R7 instantly at home alongside its more performance-oriented older sibling.

Yamaha’s new R7 in anniversary colors will be available starting January 2022.

Yamaha’s new R7 in anniversary colors will be available starting January 2022. (Yamaha/)

The R7 is the streetbike rider’s sportbike, in other words. It’s a light and nimble machine with enough punch to have some fun but an approachable-enough character to appeal to a wider audience of riders.

Classic Yamaha white and red block colorway.

Classic Yamaha white and red block colorway. (Yamaha/)

2022 Yamaha YZF-R7 World GP 60th Anniversary Technical Specifications and Price

Price: $9,299
Engine: 689cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-twin; 8 valves
Bore x Stroke: 80.0 x 68.6mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel injection
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc, slipper/assist
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Frame: Steel trellis
Front Suspension: 41mm KYB USD fork, preload, compression, rebound adjustable; 5.1 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Single shock, preload and rebound damping adjustable; 5.1 in. travel
Front Brake: Dual 290mm discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake: 245mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast aluminum; 17 in./17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22; 120/70-17 / 180/55-17
Rake/Trail: 23.7°/3.5 in.
Wheelbase: 54.9 in.
Seat Height: 32.9 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.4 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight: 414 lb.
Available: January 2022
Contact: yamahamotorsports.com

Gold wheels and fork are one of the highlight aesthetic features of this special-edition R7.

Gold wheels and fork are one of the highlight aesthetic features of this special-edition R7. (Yamaha/)

World GP 60th Anniversary badging.

World GP 60th Anniversary badging. (Yamaha/)

In a nod to Yamaha’s GP team, each anniversary edition will feature GP-inspired Tuning Fork emblems.

In a nod to Yamaha’s GP team, each anniversary edition will feature GP-inspired Tuning Fork emblems. (Yamaha/)

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