Announced today at the AIMExpo, Yamaha is bringing the XSR700 to the US soil, as the tuning fork brand sees an opportunity for the twin-cylinder heritage model in the land that brought hipsters their skinny jeans.
The choice must have been an easy one for the folks at Yamaha Motor USA, with the Yamaha FZ-09 and Yamaha FZ-07 selling well here in the United States, and the XSR900 already being critically acclaimed by the US moto media.
Adding the Yamaha XSR700 to the 2018 model lineup seems like an obvious no-brainer for Yamaha, and we are happy to see it finally coming to the United States of America.
Underneath that retro-standard exterior resides the basic makings of the FZ-07. It’s the same 700cc parallel-twin engine with its 270° crankshaft mated to a new lightweight aluminum chassis.
The Yamaha XSR700 is the production version of Yamaha’s “Faster Sons” concept, and is an obvious offering to the hipster motorcycle crowd that has come to adore the work of Japanese bike builder Shinya Kimura, who made the concept bike.
Don’t take that statement as a negative though, there is a lot to like with the XSR700, namely its modern engineering, retro looks, and great rideability.
With the Yamaha XSR700 getting 58 mpg, weighing 410 lbs (wet), and priced at $8,499 MSRP – there also isn’t much to dislike about this classic “standard” motorcycle. Check for one at your local Yamaha dealership, starting in October 2018.
Source: Yamaha USA