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.

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.

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