Yamaha India Chairperson Eishin Chihana told us in an interview that the company is attempting to bring in small shipments of the two bikes before the end of the year.
According to Eishin Chihana, chairman of Yamaha Motor India Group, the YZF-R7 and MT-07 twin-cylinder motorcycles will be launched in India before the end of the year.
Yamaha will be able to bring in small shipments of the two bikes as CBUs if the project is successful. However, if it isn’t, we may have to wait until 2024 to see these motorcycles on our streets
- If launched, Yamaha R7 and MT-09 will arrive as CBUs from Japan
- India launch of the MT-09 is also a possibility
- Tenere 700 will not make it to India anytime soon
Yamaha MT-07, R7: CBUs are Possible
“Big bikes like the MT-07 or R7, we’re trying to bring in some batches,” Chihana said. Not in large quantities, but sufficient to satisfy our high-end customers. We can avoid the OBD-2 regulations if we can import this year.”
While both the MT-07 and the R7 are Euro5/BS6 compliant, the Indian government has mandated that all vehicles sold after April 1, 2023 must have OBD-2 on-board diagnostics. This is a year ahead of Europe’s OBD-2 mandate, which is set to take effect in 2024. As a result, the Yamahas don’t have the technology yet, and Yamaha is unlikely to equip the bikes with OBD-2 a year earlier than necessary just for the Indian market.
Yamaha and the Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) are pleading with the government to postpone the OBD-2 mandate and bring it in line with European standards, but our sources say the government is unlikely to budge.
The bikes can be imported and sold in their current form until March 31, 2023, and Yamaha is hoping to do so. However, it is not as simple as simply flying in the bikes; the company must also be able to support any potential customers with service and genuine spares, which is something the company is currently working on.
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The other popular model based on this 700cc platform, the Tenere 700, does not appear to be coming to India anytime soon. Because while the MT-07 and R7 are built at Yamaha’s factory in Japan, the Tenere 700 is produced in France, and that factory is currently facing some supply issues, meaning that there are no units to spare.
Yamaha is also considering bringing in the triple-cylinder MT-09, which was previously available in India for a limited time, albeit in smaller numbers than the 700cc models. The 07 models, on the other hand, remain the top priority.
Details on The Yamaha MT-07 and R7
The MT-07 and MT-09 are naked street models that are basically larger, more powerful, and better equipped versions of the MT-15 that we get in India. A 689cc parallel-twin engine powers the former, while a 890cc inline-triple cylinder engine powers the latter.
The R7, on the other hand, is a fully faired sportsbike that uses the same platform as the MT-07. In India, bikes like the Kawasaki Ninja 650 and the Honda CBR650R are its most direct competitors. The MT-07 will compete against the Kawasaki Z650 and the Honda CB650R, among others.
If Yamaha is able to launch these bikes this year, they are unlikely to be able to compete on price with the Kawasakis because they will be CBU imports. Unless Yamaha pulls a surprise move with aggressive pricing, they may be positioned closer to the more powerful, more expensive four-cylinder Hondas.