June 28, 2020
— Not much is known about the T7, except for what we saw at EICMA last year. But now that thumpers are on the way out, expect that to change.And true to trend, these spy shots show us pretty much … nothing. Some Italian journos claim to have gotten their hands on one, and aside from that, there hasn’t been much buzz; the Japanese factories tend to keep secrets much better than their Euro counterparts.The enterprising Brits at Motorcycle News have got their hands on a set of spy shots showing the Yamaha T7 adventure bike undergoing testing.
.Last month, there was some conjecture that Yamaha was planning a new sport-touring motorcycle bearing the Tracer name.Yamaha will unveil the motorcycle at the Americade rally next month, and if you’re interested, you can actually watch the live unveiling at Yamaha’s website.
The presser said Yamaha plans to unveil a new touring bike on June 5. It seemed like a long shot at the time, but a Yamaha announcement yesterday in the US seems to indicate there might be some truth to the rumour. But will it be a V-twin? Yamaha’s built cruiser-styled touring bikes around other engines in the past, and Motorcycle Engines Manufacturers a move towards a cruiser powered by a parallel twin or triple (from the FZ lineup) could signal an interesting future ahead.However, it appears the new bike will be a cruiser, not a sport tourer, as the YouTube promo above hints.Yamaha has confirmed the rumour going around: the manufacturer plans to unveil a new touring motorcycle in the near future
See more about the revisions in our EICMA coverage here. Both bikes also got new Showa forks with dual-bending valve technology, and upgraded brakes and bodywork. The CBR650 was also not imported as a 2016 model, but according to Honda’s website, will be returning as a 2018 model; presumably, those bikes will show up around the same time as the CB650F.The Honda CB650F will be for sale in Canada this year, starting in August, and the CBR650 will be returning as well.Coming in as a 2018 model, Honda’s middleweight naked CB650F will only be available in one colour (red). Honda Canada has not announced an MSRP for the CB650F yet. No MSRP has been listed for the updated CBR650.Of course, the fully-faired CBR650 sport bike has already been available in Canada for years (here’s Costa’s review, and here are Michael Uhlarik’s thoughts on that bike).The CBR650 and CB650F both received updates for this year. The engine now makes just under 90 horsepower – more than any Japanese competitor in the middleweight naked bike class.