Yamaha have revealed an XSR700 for the 2018 US model year. It’s a liquid-cooled, eight valve, DOHC Parallel Twin with 689cc that joins Yamaha’s Sport Heritage line alongside the larger XSR900 and SCR950. The XSR700 prices at $8499 and will be available starting October 2017.
Editor’s Note: We’ve since test ridden the 2018 Yamaha XSR700. Read our impressions in the 2018 Yamaha XSR700 First Test Review.
The mill is a crossplane design with 270-degree crank, 80 x 68.6mm bore and stroke and an 11.5:1 compression ratio. Yamaha aimed to provide strong low- and mid-range performance with the engine. Power gets to the rear wheel via a constant mesh six-speed transmission.
A diamond-type high tensile steel frame utilizes the engine as a stressed member and there’s a 41mm fork and link-type Monocross shock out back handling suspension duties. The rear offers adjustable preload and both front and rear come with 5.1 inches travel.
The XSR700 comes to a stop by way of a dual floating 282mm disc, four-piston caliper braking package at the front and a 245mm disc at the back, both complemented by ABS.
Pirelli Phantom Sportcomp tires, 17-inches front and rear, wrap around 10-spoke cast aluminum wheels.
The bike carries 3.7 gallons of fuel and tips the scales at 410 pounds ready to ride, according to Yamaha. Seat height measures 31.1 inches.
Yamaha sought to pay tribute to its XS650, so includes a stitched two-level seat and retro-styled round headlight on the XSR700. Exposed aluminum, minimal bodywork and classically inspired front and rear fenders are also intended to enhance the nostalgic feel of the 700.
The round instrument panel is an LCD unit with a broad range of available information, including a tach, speedometer, ambient and coolant temperature, fuel gauge, trip range gauge, gear position and more.
Yamaha’s ongoing Yard Built project has obviously had an influence too, with removable aluminum tank panels and a removable rear sub-frame for greater customization potential.
Two colorways will be available at the aforementioned MSRP, a Matte Grey/Aluminum or Raspberry Metallic.