On the opening day of the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) in Columbus, Ohio, Yamaha announced a new addition to its 2018 Sport Heritage lineup, the XSR700. Like the XSR900 introduced for 2016 and based on the 847cc in-line triple-powered FZ-09 naked sportbike, the XSR700 is based on the 689cc parallel-twin-powered FZ-07.
A chip off the old block, the XSR700 combines neo-retro styling, a frisky Crossplane Concept 270-degree-crank engine, light weight and sporty geometry, which should make for an exciting, back-to-the-future ride. It features a steel frame, a 6-speed transmission with chain final drive, 5.1 inches of front/rear suspension travel (the only adjustment is rear preload), triple disc brakes with standard ABS, an LCD instrument panel and a 3.7-gallon fuel tank.
A higher, wider handlebar and slightly taller seat give the XSR a more upright seating position than the FZ-07, and it should offer decent leg room. Claimed wet weight is a sprightly 410 pounds.
Both the XSR900 and XSR700 draw styling influence from Yamaha’s classic “XS” series of motorcycles produced from the late ‘60s through the 1980s. From the round headlight to the shape of the tank to the stepped seat, exposed aluminum details and Pirelli Phantom Sportcomp tires, the XSRs blend elements of the past and the present. Removable aluminum tank panels and a wide range of accessories will make customization as easy as 1-2-3.
The 2018 Yamaha XSR700 will be available in Matte Gray/Aluminum or Raspberry Metallic for $8,499, with bikes arriving in dealerships in October.