A bit later today, we will be posting a story on MD’s 2015 Bike of the Year (stay tuned), but there are two very deserving machines that get honorable mention. Two Yamahas, in fact, the YZF-R1 and the FZ-07.
The new R1 is, in a word, spectacular. In the superbike category, which many manufacturers had been ignoring in recent years, Yamaha pulled out all the stops to set a new standard. Handling, power delivery and enough electronic aides to make a rider feel comfortable racing at a high level, it is more than a “shot across the bow”. It is a direct hit. You can see our final installment from the R1 press launch here.
When Yamaha announced it was bringing the FZ-07 to the U.S. market for 2015, we couldn’t wait to get our hands on a test unit. Lighter and more powerful than Suzuki’s venerable SV650, the FZ-07 did not disappoint. Stable, yet flickable. Bargain priced and frugal, yet offering plenty of performance for experienced riders. The FZ-07 proved to be the entertaining partner during our Tour of Norway. You can see our full review of the FZ-07 here.
Congratulations to Yamaha!
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