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Indeed, they sold out just over 8 hours after they went live.
 

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Do you think dealers still have their allocation?
In this low production/inventory and high demand economy.... From what I've seen happening around me in a general sense... I see units for various other makes and models for dealer allocation already having deposits on them.

That means inventory is sold out before it ever gets to the showroom floor. That also leads me to believe that at least for the short term, if you want something that is in demand, you'll likely have to find yourself putting a deposit on it before you even get to see it in person, otherwise the story is likely to be that you are not getting one for a while.

I look at it this way, I have put deposits on two different motorcycles... both sight unseen... and both are sold out of their available initial numbers available. If I discover I don't like something about it when I see it in person, I can either finish the purchase and flip it pretty easily(maybe for a profit), or I can just cancel the order and get my deposit back. ...and some other lucky soul will find that machine on the showroom floor for about an hour or so?

I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you are waiting to see something in person when they are in stock, you may be in for a longer wait than you might expect.

I could be wrong, but I don't think I am. I've seen too much of this spread over a lot of industries over the last year and a half.

Hopefully this helps perspective a bit.
 

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I did leave a $500 deposit before the second video came out with the premier date of 5/18/21. So if the dealer gets one i should be like the first in line. But I am not 100% sure whether i will buy it.
Have you reached out to your dealer to see where your reservation stands?
 

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Have you reached out to your dealer to see where your reservation stands?
No i havent.
i am not excited about it tbh.
R3 is begging me to keep it longer.
but a little more power and bigger 180mm rear tire would be nice. But i dont really want to spend $9000 + fees + tax = $11000.
 

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No i havent.
i am not excited about it tbh.
R3 is begging me to keep it longer.
but a little more power and bigger 180mm rear tire would be nice. But i dont really want to spend $9000 + fees + tax = $11000.
That's fair. I wonder how easy it'll be to test ride the bike when it reaches dealers.
 

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I wonder how easy it'll be to test ride the bike when it reaches dealers.
It seems like the dealers selling Japanese brand bikes in the USA aren’t very willing to let people test ride new bikes. My local Ducati / Aprilia / Triumph / KTM dealer asks if I brought my helmet when I come through the door….:)

Keep an eye on the factory Yamaha demo ride schedule. At some point I’m sure the R7 will be included in their fleet.

 

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I don't expect you'll get to demo an R7. It's unlikely Yamaha will have demos for a high demand bike like the R7 with no real competition and the ones being produced are already sold. I worked for a local dealership a long time ago and about this time every year, they ask me to help with the flood of new units. I've test ridden just about every Jap bike since the mid '80s but never had to test drive anything to know I had to have it. Specs and unbiased reviews are enough for me.
 

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Those demo rides at scheduled events require you to jump thru hoops and pay the admission price if you want to ride. The demos I'm referring to are the ones that dealerships get and must prove they've been ridden by a certain number of people to get and sell at a lower price. The dealer will let you to ride them in exchange for your signature as proof to get the reduced price. If it's not a demo model, the dealership has nothing to gain and you probably won't get to ride it unless it's a model that doesn't sell well and they think you're serious about buying it. Show bikes at the big events are often provided by the manufacturers and are destroyed rather than sold as demos like they are at dealerships so someone has to pay.
 

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Those demo rides at scheduled events require you to jump thru hoops and pay the admission price if you want to ride.
Yes, I could see that. Looks like you’d have to have to get into the paddock first before you could sign up for a ride.

I enjoy doing the manufacturer demos that they set up at the dealerships. Just show up with a license and your gear and fill out a little sheet asking what the last new bike you bought was, and which bikes you would prefer to ride.

Last time I did one (last summer) I ended up riding six bikes. Not too many riders showed up, maybe because of the pandemic. My favorites ended up being the XSR900 and the MT-09, which surprised me. I had expected to like the 700 twin better.
 

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Yes, I could see that. Looks like you’d have to have to get into the paddock first before you could sign up for a ride.

I enjoy doing the manufacturer demos that they set up at the dealerships. Just show up with a license and your gear and fill out a little sheet asking what the last new bike you bought was, and which bikes you would prefer to ride.

Last time I did one (last summer) I ended up riding six bikes. Not too many riders showed up, maybe because of the pandemic. My favorites ended up being the XSR900 and the MT-09, which surprised me. I had expected to like the 700 twin better.
Did they feel more refined? Did the 700 feel underpowered? What are the reasons?
 

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Did they feel more refined? Did the 700 feel underpowered? What are the reasons?
Yes, the triple is a little smoother, and has an incredible sound, almost like a turbine when it spins up. I’ve always liked the wail of an inline four, and it sounds similar, but somehow even better.

I would not say that the MT-07 is underpowered, especially for the street. If anything its level of power might be more fun than than the bigger engine, because you can use more of it more often without taking too many risks.

When test riding in a group, behind the leader as you do on a demo ride, you can’t ride very aggressively. I expect that the CP2 engine’s playful nature really becomes apparent when you are getting on it a little harder than I was able to. A louder exhaust note would add to the experience, especially since it has a 270 degree firing order, unlike an R3.
 

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Throttle by wire allows riding modes and traction control which i want to have.
That’s cool. I’m the exact opposite for attitude for the R7. I didn’t want anything except maybe ABS that I could figure a way to disable or make it switchable later.

An R9 of sort would be a great machine with those enhancements!
 

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The brake lines are rubber and one review says it makes the brakes feel "wooden". The speedometer supposedly runs off the ABS. Best solution is to replace the brake lines with SS. You can by-pass the pump and run the lines directly from master to slave cylinder. I did that on my FX because the ABS kicks in dangerously early on dry roads. ABS on wet roads might be nice to have but it could also teach a new rider bad habits.
 
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