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FZ-07 based XSR700 coming

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Yamaha reveal retro-inspired XSR700

Yamaha’s Sport Heritage family has spawned another member in the shape of this retrosexual new street roadster. Visually, the new XSR700 – the name pays homage to the XS650 – delivers a rather pleasing blend of modern and retro, while being underpinned by the engine from the wildly popular MT-07 – MCN's Bike of the Year 2014.

A two-texture leather seat unit sits atop an easily customizable bolt-on rear sub-frame. The old-school style headlight replaces the angular MT units, and the aluminium tank unit is a real highlight of authenticity. Yamaha called this new style philosophy ‘Faster Sons’, and this year’s Wheels & Waves event saw them unveil a special build under that name, conceived and created by Los Angeles based Japanese bike builder Shinya Kimura (see both bikes in action).

XSR700 Highlights

Two-texture leather seat

Aluminium retro fuel tank

Aluminium fender

Aluminium headlight bracket

Wide tapered back handlebars

Mesh side panels

Stubby rear muffler

Embroidered seat logo

Wide range of customization accessories

A period style speedometer – which closely mirrors the one used on the firm's XV950, along with the lights – sits between the wide tapered back handlebars. A short stubby rear muffler provides the right soundtrack and Pirelli Phantom tyres front and rear not only look the part with their authentic pattern, but also do the job to keep the rider connected to the road.

At its heart is the 700cc parallel-twin from the MT-07, delivering perky performance, and plenty of character from its 270-degree crank. The wheels are lightweight 10-spoke aluminium items, with stopping power courtesy of 282mm wavy discs and 4-pot calipers at the front and ABS as standard.

There’ll be a wide range of accessories for riders to use a customization pool, and there will also be a complete range of rider apparel, too.

The XSR700 will be available from November 2015, with prices set to be announced at this year’s Motorcycle Live in November 28 –December 6.

Chassis highlights

Compact, lightweight chassis

Short 530mm swing-arm

Easily customizable, bolt-on rear sub-frame

Rear Monocross horizontal shock system

Standard with ABS

Engine highlights

700cc inline 2-cylinder engine

Crossplane engine design philosophy

Deep linear torque

270-degree crank for strong acceleration and traction

Smooth, exciting power delivery to high rpm


Forest Green

Garage Metal

Source: MCN
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My opinion?
Doesn't do it for me.
An obvious Ducati Scrambler rip.
The FZ-07 looks better, and this is what the changes are all about - looks.
I don't like it better than the FZ-07 personally but I do like the the XSR a fair bit. The XSR will look incredible as a cafe racer when people start modding it. I'm pretty sure most people will want to steal bits and pieces of that bike for their FZ 07 though, such as the speedo which looks very nice and the headlight too. Can't wait for the swaps to be available to buy! Why is there only pictures of the green XSR on these forums it is the worst uglier color of those bikes.
I really like the bike with a rider on it. Somehow it looks incomplete or awkward without a person sitting on it. Something about the top of tank to seat line.
Add some black side panels to cover the master cylinder and black out the radiator and I would like this bike a lot.
I can't say I dislike it, but I wouldn't trade my existing FZ07 for it either. I'm getting retro overload.
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