Yamaha probably did the absolute worst botch job on promoting a motorcycle ever when they were doing their multi-year T7 campaign.

In previous articles on the front page, it was pointed out more than a few times by inmates that their marketing ploy to tempt people and make them wait mostly failed and riders, well, just didn’t.

Then add to that they sell it all over the planet and not in the US until a year later, surely with all that lag time they could have coordinated a worldwide release?

There are so many other options out there why would you have waited?

…but what if you did, a shout out to those riders, are you happy with what you bought, is the Yamaha T7 everything you were expecting?

The obvious wish list for the T7 was normal and seems to pop up for any new unreleased bike when specs are yet to be revealed, riders wanted –

  • less than 400lbs – fail
  • fuel range over 300 miles –  fail
  • good suspension with lots of adjustment – fail
  • good brakes for on and offroad – fail
  • adjustable seat height – win
  • not too many crazy electronic aids – win
  • subframe strong enough to hold luggage – win
  • 6-speed transmission – win
  • long service intervals – win
  • price under $10,000 – win

How does it compare with offerings from KTM, Husqvarna, BMW or Triumph, all those manufacturers are in this sized bike market but you can expect to pay at least a couple of thousand (US) dollars more.

To make the T7 BDR, TAT, CDR, RTW ready is it good value out of the box or do you need to spend too much after inital purchase?

…or did Yamaha miss the mark and leave the door open for the other manufacturers to learn from their mistakes?


For those of you that have written this bike off and feel it’s not capable, that, of course, is debatable, but put the T7 in the hands of an exceptional rider like Pol Tarrés the T7 appears more capable than most riders who are realistic about their own riding skills



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