Yamaha has released images and a video of its new retro-styled production model, the XSR700. The XSR is a variation of the FZ-07 platform, a retro roadster slightly reminiscent of Ducati’s successful Scrambler. As of this writing, the XSR700 has only been announced by Yamaha Motor Europe, but we expect it will also be sold in North America; we’ll provide an update when we hear back from Yamaha Motor U.S.A.
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The 2016 Yamaha XSR700 follows the “Faster Sons” philosophy that led to a concept model produced by L.A.-based designer Shinya Kimura. It pays tribute to the classic XS650 but with modern technology, including the 689cc Twin engine from the FZ-07.
Reminiscent of the Star Bolt, the XSR700 carries a lot of retro touches, including a two-texture seat and single round headlight. At first glance the instrument cluster looks like a classic round speedometer until you notice the all-digital display.
The parallel-Twin engine is the same as the one powering the FZ-07, with an uneven firing interval and 270-degree crank as part of Yamaha’s “Crossplane Philosophy”. Yamaha Motor Europe claims a maximum output of 73.8 hp at 9000 rpm and 50.2 lb-ft. at 6500 rpm. Yamaha claims the XSR700 can get 54.7 mpg, which would provide a range of about 200 miles
The engine is mounted in the FZ-07’s diamond-type frame, but the XSR has a different subframe that doesn’t rise as sharply. The XSR700’s 32.1-inch seat height is 0.4-inch taller than the FZ’s. The suspension appears unchanged from the FZ-07; a horizontally-mounted rear shock offers 5.1 inches of travel, as does the telescopic fork. The 24.5-degree rake and 90mm of trail are also the same as with the FZ-07.
The 10-spoke aluminum wheels are also the same as on the FZ-07. Four-piston calipers stop the 282mm wave-style dual front disc brake while the rear brake uses a 245mm disc. ABS is offered as standard (at least, for the European model.)
Other features include aluminum fuel tank, fender and headlight, wide, tapered handlebars, mesh side panels, stubby exhaust and a claimed wet weight of 410 pounds.
Yamaha Motor Europe will offer the 2016 XSR700 in Forest Green or Garage Metal paint schemes. It’ll arrive in dealerships on the continent in November. Yamaha will also offer a number of accessories.