The bargain-priced, 687cc Yamaha FZ-07 busted into the entry-level motorcycle market in 2015 one step ahead of its little sister, the Yamaha FZ6R. The naked, sporty FZ-07 shares styling and cross-plane engine platform with its bigger sibling, the FZ-09, but in a smaller, more user-friendly package. New riders and commuters alike can both appreciate the FZ-07’s light weight and easy maneuverability. But with plenty of torque and power for weekend warriors, the FZ-07 is, simply put, two-wheeled fun at its best.
I was among the first moto-journalists to test the new 2015 Yamaha FZ-07 in and around the streets of Seattle, Washington. The light weight of this bike is immediately obvious. At just 397 pounds, it’s a breeze to get the FZ-07 off the sidestand.
The FZ-07’s two-cylinder, in-line engine puts out 50 foot pounds of torque and gets its character by way of Yamaha’s cross-plane concept, 270-degree crankshaft with uneven firing intervals. This setup generates strong, even torque from when you first roll on the throttle, up into higher speeds.
The FZ-07 has a 6-speed transmission, and gear ratios are spaced apart well for fewer gear changes. New riders can concentrate on steady throttle input rather than having to do lots of shifting. The wide powerband and linear torque combined with the easy-pull clutch lever make it hard to screw up shifts on the FZ-07. The bike even seemed impervious to dumping the clutch (releasing the clutch too quickly, resulting with a sudden jerk). And having a sixth gear makes the FZ-07 highway friendly by lowering rpms while cruising along at higher speeds.
Twisty mountain curves is where the FZ-07’s design all comes together for a fun, spirited ride. The light, quick steering coupled with all that torquey power makes the bike easy to flick around and play with, but the front end feels a little vague and unplanted during hard, fast cornering.
Keeping value in mind, the FZ-07 gets even better fuel mileage than the FZ6R. With a tank capacity of 3.7 gallons, and an estimated 58 MPG, you can go almost 215 miles between fillups on the FZ-07.
At just under $7,000, Yamaha’s FZ-07 packs all the features required that make this bike a fantastic value for the money. It’s got good looks, mean grunt, strong pull, and will fit all kinds of diverse riding styles, no matter your mood, purpose, road conditions, etc. An array of Yamaha accessories, including hard and soft luggage and a soft saddle are currently available.
Specs at a Glance: Yamaha FZ-07 Displacement: 689cc Seat Height: 31.7 inches Weight: 397 pounds Price: $6,990 2015 Colors: Liquid Graphite, Rapid Red, Pearl White 2016 Colors: Raven, Matte Silver
WRN Recommendation: The FZ-07 is ideal for confident new riders who want a sporty motorcycle that they won’t outgrow quickly. Easy to handle, peppy, and comfortable, the FZ-07 will keep its rider satisfied enough to keep for years of riding pleasure. And you cant beat the price for all you get with this bike.
8 thoughts on Motorcycle Review: 2015-2016 Yamaha FZ-07
I put a Corbin Seat on my FZ07. Made a big difference. Nothing to ride for long distances now.
My Suzuki S40 one-cylinder was easy to handle when not moving as I could put both feet flat on the ground, but it had only five speeds, vibrated a lot above 50 mph, lacked instrumentation (only a speedometer and turn signal lights), and it wasn’t fuel-injected. I now have a Yamaha FZ-07 fuel-injected twin, very smooth on the freeway, plenty of power, six speeds, and all the extras I appreciate: fuel gauge, gear indicator, trip meters, tach, liquid cooling, etc. A large windscreen is currently unavailable so I fight the wind a bit, but my main complaint is I can’t get both feet flat on the ground when stopping. I’m 5 feet 4 inches and had put some test miles on it before buying, and quite a few after with only one minor incident. My husband insists it’s a mental thing because we did hillclimbing and dirt riding on tall motocrossers back in the ’70s, but I just can’t get comfortable leaning a little at lights or resting on just the balls of my feet. Any suggestions beside lowering links? Thanks.
Yamaha put a extra effort into making the FZ-07 fit shorter riders — you’ll notice how the seat is tapered and the body is narrow so that it’s an easier reach to the ground. It looks like your boots have a good sized heel, but if you’re still struggling and don’t want to lower the bike (and lose suspension and handling), take a look at our tips for shorter riders here. Hope it helps!
I’m wondering how you think this bike would go on long trips. Is the seating position and seat itself comfortable enough for touring?
Hi Dana,The FZ-07 could function well as a fun get-away bike for short trips, however for longer trips I would warn against fatigue. This bike has no windscreen at all, and the only Yamaha accessory offered is a small one. For extended riding at highway speeds without a larger windshield, you are likely to become quite tired from “fighting the wind.”I found the seating position to be comfortable for my height (5 foot 7 inches), but my rear end was sore after a full day of riding. The other journalists on the ride also complained about soreness in their butts and lower backs after our full riding day. Yamaha offers an accessory “comfort saddle” which may help this issue.
My wife test rode one yesterday. It should be noted that they are very cramped and low for anyone tall. (She is 5-feet-11.)She rode the 09 afterwards which is far more roomy, though more expensive. The 07 is like a toy bike for anyone over 5 feet 8 inches or so.
Thanks for the valuable feedback, Mike.
I test rode this bike at Americade and fell in love with it! Not quite ready to buy while on vacation, I soon learned that they are difficult to find (I especially wanted the 2015 white). When my local dealer told me he had found one, I couldn’t wait any longer. The bike is everything I had hoped for. Being only 5 feet 2 inches I’m a bit short for the bike, but with the weight at 400 pounds I feel OK at stops and with parking. Compared to my prior bike which was a Sportster 883, I have now found my love for riding again with the FZ-07!