Thursday, 15 October 2015

Yamaha FZ-07 DT Concept

I got really excited when I saw this, thinking it was a real 2016 race bike, but it has been launched today at AIMExpo, a US bike show, as a concept. Is calling it a concept a way of backing out if it doesn't work or budgets get cut?

Babe DeMay has been running a GNC Yamaha out of his own pocket this season. First year pro Dominic Colindres came home a fantastic fourth on their bike at the most recent GNC round, the Roar on the Shore, Delaware Half-mile (watch the race on

Are Yamaha actually going to make an official team effort or hedge their bets like so many of the US importers do with flat track? I hope the former, if I had to bet, I'd say the latter. I hope my cynicism is unfounded. says Yamaha are threatening track testing. Informed racewatchers already say Yamaha US golden boy JD Beach will be on it at the 2016 X Games.

I've heard talk of Indian joining the GNC but I haven't seen an official announcement. Can anyone point us to one? G

Top Photo: Greg White
Thanks to Roger for the CW link.


bikegrim said...

Holy moly...that is sexy

KrookStreetRacing said...

Agree. Super nice. If only there was a way of riding without the front disc on the street...

Sideburn Magazine said...

Hi KrookStreet!
Good to hear from you.
I don't think brakes would ruin this concept, but why are you even thinking brakes? Let it just be a race bike.

Bubble Visor said...

Beautiful design, looks fantastic! Jeff Palhegyi Design did an amazing job on the Yamaha bolt flat tracker before but this thing is bananas!
Check out this video on motorcyclelistonline
Yamaha’s Bob Starr almost says they are going to race it...!
Fingers crossed!

KrookStreetRacing said...

You're right Gary. Let it be a race bike.


El Terrible said...

Just needs a yzf m1 motor in it and a king called Kenny to show it who's boss

Sideburn Magazine said...

El Terrible
What like the R1 street tracker we featured in Sideburn 9?

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El Terrible said...

Just recieved my 4 issues for a tenner order this week.. And a subscription.. Howz that for rock n roll.. Not opened the parcel yet..
You cant rush a good job.