2018 Yamaha XSR700 Sport Heritage Revealed for U.S. + Video

Kevin Duke
by Kevin Duke

The XSR900 now gets a little brother based off the FZ-07

After being available since 2016 in Europe, the Yamaha XSR700 is finally making its way to the U.S. and Canada. This new XSR uses the platform of the well-loved FZ-07 to create a retro-vibed roadster that slots into Yamaha’s Sport Heritage line.

Key elements that transform the FZ into XSR are the new aluminum fuel tank, vintage-inspired headlight and tail lamp, and a new subframe to support the new vintage-style seat. Classy aluminum components provide bracketry for the front fender and radiator cover. Yamaha says the XSR makes for a good platform for customization thanks to removable tank panels and the removable steel subframe.

2018 yamaha xsr700 sport heritage revealed for u s video, Yamaha says the XS650 from the 1970s inspired its designers to draw up the XSR700
Yamaha says the XS650 from the 1970s inspired its designers to draw up the XSR700.

Remaining unchanged is the FZ-07’s 689cc inline-Twin with 270-degree crank and all the other mechanical bits, including its LCD instrumentation. The XSR includes ABS in its $8,499 MSRP. That’s a $1,000 premium over the ABS-equipped 2017 FZ-07. It’s scheduled to hit dealers in October and will be available in Matte Gray/Aluminum or the Raspberry Metallic seen here.

Check out our coverage of the 2018 Yamaha XSR700 from AIMExpo.

2018 Yamaha XSR700 Specifications

Engine TypeLiquid-cooled DOHC inline twin cylinder; 8 valves
Bore & Stroke80.0mm x 68.6mm
Compression Ratio11.5:1
Fuel DeliveryFuel Injection
IgnitionTCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
TransmissionConstant mesh 6-speed
Final DriveChain
Front Suspension41mm telescopic fork; 5.1-in travel
Rear SuspensionSingle shock, adjustable preload; 5.1-in travel
Front Brake TypeDual hydraulic disc, 282mm; ABS
Rear Brake TypeHydraulic disc, 245mm; ABS
Front Tire120/70ZR17 Pirelli Phantom Sportcomp
Rear Tire180/55ZR17 Pirelli Phantom Sportcomp
Wheelbase55.3 in.
Length81.7 in.
Width32.3 in.
Height44.5 in.
Rake/Trail25.0°/3.5 in.
Ground Clearance5.5 in.
Seat Height32.1 in.
Fuel Capacity3.7 gal.
Wet Weight410 lb. (claimed)
Warranty12 months limited factory warranty
ColorMatte Gray/Aluminum; Raspberry Metallic
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  • Therr850 Therr850 on Sep 23, 2017

    I like it but I not buying one. Don't have the money. One complaint, the aluminum tank cover. My magnetic tank bag or magnetic map pouch won't stick AND why cover the tank? Make the tank full size for a little more capacity.

  • Mad4TheCrest Mad4TheCrest on Sep 25, 2017

    It's 'retro' only in a steam-punk sort of way, and although that style is not my thing I find myself liking this anyway. Its better to look at in my opinion than the FZ-07, but is it $1000 better?