Retro is in when it comes to motorcycles, so much so that Ducati has entered the fray with their 70s-style Scrambler. Yahama is likewise embracing the beautiful lines of the past, even going so far as to debut a new design philosophy called “Faster Sons,” which combines classic styling with advances in modern riding technology. The 2016 Yamaha XSR700 is the first production motorcycle to come out of that new philosophy.
A part of the company’s Sport Heritage range, the bike is styled after the iconic XS650, sporting classic elements like wide handlebars, an upright riding position, and vintage-style lights (both front and rear). Even the 14-liter fuel tank, the headlight bracket, and dual-texture leather seat are clad in similar vintage designs, ensuring your two-wheel steed will fit right in with a garage full of retro racers.
The 2016 Yamaha XSR700 is powered by a 689cc inline two-cylinder engine (74 hp, 50.2 pound-feet) that boasts deep linear torque and a 270-degree crank to ensure satisfying acceleration. Despite the retro love, the diamond chassis frame is all modern, with a compact and lightweight build that enables greater agility and handling. Features include a mass-forward design with sculpted bodywork, a digital instrument cluster that looks like a classic round speedometer, a short 530mm swing arm, customizable bolt-on rear sub-frame, mesh side panels, hydraulic disc brakes (two in front, one in rear), Pirelli Phantom tires, and a wet weight of 410 pounds.
Available in two colorways (forest green, garage metal), the 2016 Yamaha XSR700 will be available in Europe soon. No pricing has been announced.