Of all of the retro scramblers available on the market, this may be the most authentic of them all. Part of Yamaha’s new Sport Heritage line, the 2017 Yamaha SCR950 is a scrambler derived from a very unlikely machine—the Yamaha Star Bolt cruiser. That’s the kind of thing we used to see in the 1960s, if you can remember that far back.The 2017 Yamaha SCR950 shares the same powerplant and basic chassis as the Yamaha Star Bolt, but by using different wheels, handlebars, seat, exhaust and rear subframe, the Bolt is turned into what Yamaha claims is a legitimate dirt-worthy scrambler.
Disappointingly, the Yamaha SCR950’s suspension is unchanged from the Yamaha Star Bolt C-Spec, and we would like to see more than 2.8 inches of travel from the piggyback reservoir shocks if we’re going to go off-road, but we’ll reserve final judgment until we ride the bike.The ergonomics are sound, with high bars and the mid-placed foot controls. The seat has plenty of room to move around, and is helpfully flat. Even if it is limited in the dirt, the 2017 Yamaha SCR950 should be a capable machine on the deteriorated pavement you’ll see on back roads and in the urban jungle.Yamaha claims the SCR950 is more than just a styling exercise based on the Yamaha Star Bolt, and we can’t wait to find out.Read our Yamaha SCR950 Scrambler 10 Fast Facts.Visit the Ultimate MotorCycling Motorcycle Buyer’s Guide.
2017 Yamaha SCR950 Scrambler Specs:
Motor: SOHC 4 vpc V-twin
Bore x stroke: 85 x 83mm
Displacement: 942cc (58 ci)
Compression ratio: 9.0:1
Fuel delivery: Fuel injection
Ignition: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutch
Final drive: Belt
Front suspension: Telescopic forks; 4.7 inches of travel
Rear suspension: Dual piggyback shocks; 2.8 inches of travel
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!