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Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by VTbeemer, Apr 7, 2017.
That question will cost you $64,000.
it's already starting to appear long in the tooth.
so much hype. so little bike. so far.
or buy a rally WR450...
Fingers crossed the production T7 will debut for North America at the international motorcycle show nov. 17-19 in Long Beach. The Africa Twin showed up there an I got to check it out. Saddly, I was completely underwhelmed with that bike. Now I'm hoping Yamaha will bedazzel my mind.
You aren't underwhelmed already?
The T7 looks terrific! I'd pay good money for that. Can't wait to see the final production model & specs.
<430 lbs. seems like a reasonable expectation given the FZ-07 is right at 400 lbs curb.
It won't cost me anything to find that out. But I will look into the opportunity cost: the KTM 790 (or 800cc parallel twin).
What a weird comment... If I were interested in singles I would be on another discussion forum. My WR250R is plenty good, by the way, I'm not dissing single cylinder motors, just that I'm looking at what is possible with the lovely 700cc parallel twin, 270 degree crank.
450lbs and it would still be good. That's about the weight of my CB500X RR (I can't talk much about that bike here or the content police will arrive ), but with the performance of the 700cc motor... and a 21 inch front wheel, man that would be something!
Maybe these T7/XTZ700 speculation threads can be merged....
Ktm 950 SE 420lbs 94hp
The drawback for most is the seat height if one is vertically challenged
418.8 lbs sans fuel - 442 lbs curb
cog is pretty high as well
okay.. a RXV450/ 550?
I would definitely go for one - if it wouldn't be built by Italians. I know they have catastrophic reputation, but was told that it is mostly because of shody assembly. If one is willing to take it apart and assemble it back properly, they seem to be pretty solid.
Actually one of these (or rather a Swiss rider of one of these who happened extremely luckily to be passing by) saved my ass in very remote corner of Namibia (Van Zyl's pass), when the clutch on my Tenere XT660Z packed up on me:
It's a shame the Aprillia RXV SXV were such grenades.
They really do hit the sweet spot for performance / weight.
If it was reliable and instead of built to look like a dirt bike or dual purpose bike it looked like a rally or adventure machine, I would definitely consider it.
That is logical for NA, if it's a show.
EICMA is just before LB.
I was at AimExpo where the AT was a no show and then LB where it was.
EICMA is in November.
I had one, a spare 2008 dakar bike,
was pretty reliable, never had any issues with it.. a big grinn on my face pretty often..
only thing that held me back was the maintenance...
taking the engine out and fiddleing with the valves..
true.. if it was more reliable, and maybe if it was build as a parallell twin...
if if if..
if yamaha would ever build a rally 450 paralell twin... if ever....
let's wait for the production XT700...
or.. what's left of the prototype...