Nov 20, 2020

Model Overview: 2016 Yamaha FZ-07 Review and Specs

Jo Kelley

From luxury bikes to thrill rides, Yamaha Motorcycles has a knack for anticipating riders’ needs.  

Long-time riders know how much thought goes into each aspect of a motorcycle. Every O-ring, spark plug, and cylinder in place, every spoke occupying its rightful place on either wheel. It’s this keen attention to detail that bikers are so drawn to, and the 2016 Yamaha FZ-07 leaves no stone unturned.

As a contributor of put it, “The naked market has boomed over the last five years, and there’s no shortage of worthy competitors in the mid-weight supernaked category.” One of these competitors is the Yamaha FZ-07, which was first released in 2015 following its big brother, the FZ-09.

Yamaha FZ-07 Total Motorcycle

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Over the years, Yamaha has excelled at developing bikes that meet rider preferences and wallet-ary needs, and Yamaha FZ motorcycles are living proof. An economical bike by definition, the 2016 FZ-07 is designed so that even though you know you’re riding a so-called ‘budget bike,’ it’ll never feel like it. Performance is first-rate and the confidence it inspires in newbies is admirable. Oh, and did I mention it gets 58 miles to the gallon?

Yamaha FZ-07 Features

Just shy of 400 pounds, the 689cc liquid-cooled FZ-07 is well-suited for bikers at every skill level. Approachable, stylish, and by all accounts comfortable, it boasts a “casual feeling” thanks to a relatively relaxed rider position and 5.1 inches of front and rear suspension travel. The seat is 10mm lower than its FZ-09 predecessor, and the footpegs have been pushed forward and down. Riders standing six feet tall can nest cozily around its slim chassis and 3.7-gallon fuel tank.

Yamaha FZ-07 Total Motorcycle

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Yamaha’s “Crossplane Concept” 270-degree crankshaft produces instant torque which experienced riders will appreciate, though it will take beginners some getting used to. On the other hand, stopping power provided by a four-piston caliper up front and a single-piston caliper in the back is a bit subpar; thankfully, ABS is included in all Yamaha FZ motorcycles. All in all, the FZ-07’s power delivery is smooth and predictable thanks to the bike’s perceptive throttle response.

Yamaha FZ-07 Total Motorcycle

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Dubbed a viable commuter by those who’ve had the pleasure of riding it, the 2016 Yamaha FZ-07 boasts a simple yet custom look with blacked out fork tubes and siders, as well as an exposed radiator—which I realize,  may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Nevertheless, this eager little roadster is nothing shy of a good time on two wheels with it's 75 horsepower engine and top speed of 120 mph.

Yamaha FZ-07 Total Motorcycle

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2016 Yamaha FZ-07 Specs

  • Engine: 689cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 8 valves
  • Bore x Stroke: 80.0 x 68.6mm
  • Compression ratio: 11.5:1
  • Fuel delivery: Yamaha Fuel Injection
  • Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition (TCI)
  • Transmission: Constant mesh 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
  • Final drive: Chain

  • Front Suspension: 41mm fork; 5.1 inches of travel
  • Rear Suspension: Single shock, adjustable preload; 5.1 inches of travel

  • Front Brakes: Dual hydraulic discs, 282mm, four-piston calipers; ABS model available
  • Rear Brakes: hydraulic disc, 245mm, single-piston caliper; ABS model available
  • Front Tires: 120 / 70ZR-17
  • Rear Tires: 180 / 55ZR-17

  • L x W x H: 82.1 in. x 29.3 in. x 42.9 in.
  • Seat height: 31.7 in
  • Wheelbase: 55.1 in

  • Ground clearance: 5.5 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 3.7 gallons
  • Fuel economy: 58 mpg*
  • Wet weight: 397 lbs

*EPA estimated

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