The XSR900 has a new little brother—the 2018 Yamaha XSR700. Based on the popular FZ-07, the XSR700 is the newest addition to Yamaha’s Sport Heritage line. Here’s what you need to know about the new XSR700.
The 1970 Yamaha XS650 was an inspiration for the 2018 Yamaha XSR700. Like the XSR700, the XS650 was a four-stroke parallel twin—the first from Yamaha.
Everything you liked about the performance of the FZ-07 is still there. From the Crossplane Concept 270-degree crank powerplant to a wet weight of just over 400 pounds, the 2018 Yamaha XSR700 is an FZ-07 ABS reskinned.
The XSR700 gets its own tires. While the FZ-07 is shod with Michelin Pilot Road 3 rubber, the XSR700 gets retro-styled Pirelli Phantom Sportcomp tires. We’ll see if that changes the handing.
The 2018 Yamaha XSR700 weighs seven pounds more than the FZ-07 ABS and has 0.2 degrees more rake, according to Yamaha. Those aren’t big differences, so we don’t expect them to have much impact on the handling.
Yamaha has made the 2018 XSR easier to customize. The rear subframe is removable, as are the aluminum tank panels.
The round headlight and taillight, cleaner fuel tank, flat seat, and reduced plastic are the most obvious visual changes that make the FZ-07 into a 2018 Yamaha XSR700, but there’s more. The XSR700 gets a traditional front fender with fork brace, a two-tone motor, an unadorned metal exhaust, a bare radiator, and a few different side panels.
The seat has white stitching, along with XSR700 embossed into it. This sort of detail enhances the retro theme, and helps justify the $1000 premium over the 2017 Yamaha FZ-07 ABS.
You won’t have to wait long to buy the 2018 Yamaha XSR700. It hits Yamaha showroom floors in October 2017.
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This week’s episode features Senior Editor Nic de Sena’s impressions of the beautiful new Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST that is loosely based around the original FXRT Sport Glide from the 1980s. Hailing from The Golden State, these cult-status performance machines became known as West Coast style, with sportier suspension, increased horsepower, and niceties including creature comforts such as a tidy fairing and sporty luggage.
In past episodes you might have heard us mention my best friend, Daniel Schoenewald, and in the second segment I chat with him about some of the really special machines in his 170 or so—and growing—motorcycle collection. He’s always said to me that he doesn’t consider himself the owner, merely the curator of the motorcycles for the next generation.
Yet Daniel is not just a collector, but I can attest a really skilled rider. His bikes are not trailer queens, they’re ridden, and they’re ridden pretty hard. Actually, we have had many, many memorable rides on pretty much all of the machines in the collection at one time or another.
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