CYPRESS, Calif. – Yamaha headlined its new 2015 model releases with the announcement of a new middleweight “twin-sibling” to Yamaha’s FZ-09 triple and a refresh for Yamaha’s two-stroke motocross line.
Announced last year for the European market as the MT-07, the 2015 FZ-07 joins its big brother FZ-09 to offer street riders a pair of flexible and affordable roadster options.
Unlike the three-cylinder FZ-09, the FZ-07 uses an all-new four-valve, 689cc DOHC parallel twin with a 270° crankshaft. Yamaha claims the new motor is good for 74 horsepower and 50 ft. lbs. of torque, which should provide ample pulling power for a middleweight motor, but Yamaha also notes that the engine continues to pull with “strong mid-high rpm power.”
The new engine is housed in a narrow new frame with quality touches including wave-style rotors, 10-spoke alloy wheels and all-LCD instrumentation.
Like the FZ-09, the big news revolves around retail pricing and wet weight, as both are remarkably low: the FZ-07 features a claimed wet weight of only 397 lbs. (undercutting the already featherweight FZ-09 by 17 lbs.), and will retail for $6,999, significantly undercutting competing models such as the Ducati Monster 696 ($9,295) and Suzuki’s SFV650 ($8,149). Colors will include rapid red, pearl white and liquid graphite (which includes blue wheels and frame).
For motocross riders, Yamaha wants to assure its fans that the two-stroke is not dead in 2015. According to MIC statistics quoted by Yamaha, MX sales rose 6 percent last year, but two-stroke model sales rose a whopping 26 percent.
In response, Yamaha has updated its two-stroke YZ lineup. The 2015 YZ250 and YZ125 get completely new bodywork, footpegs, triple clamps, tires, rear sprockets and air boxes. Even the YZ85 was not overlooked, with new bodywork, triple clamps, handlebar, intake and exhaust port timing and an adjustable clutch lever. The YZ250 will retail for $7,290, the YZ125, $6,390, and the YZ85, $4,090.
Yamaha MX racers can also look forward to minor tweaks to the 2015 YZ250F and YZ450F four-stroke machines. Both models receive new fork settings, while the 450 also gains revised motor mounts and new Dunlop MX52 tires. Both machines will continue to be sold in two color options, something that adds a well-received choice for customers compared to other OEMs’ single colorway offerings.
Yamaha is also quite pleased with the sales and racing performance of the YZ-F line, with the two bikes earning the top two spots in the motocross industry for sales volume increase year-over-year, with a 25 percent boost for the 250 and a huge 38 percent jump for the 450.
The Yamaha dual-sport line returns for 2015 in the form of the $6,690 WR250R, the $5,190 XT250, and the $4,590 TW200 (prices tentative at press time).
Finally, the hugely successful Star Bolt returns for 2015 after earning the top sales spot for a metric cruiser across all brands and classes. Apart from color options and a revised, easier-to-see instrument panel, the bike returns unchanged at $7,990 for the base machine and $8,390 for the R-Spec model.