We now know that the Yamaha XSR700 is being added to the 2018 US model lineup, the motorsport manufacturer has made that clear at AIMExpo last week. But one tidbit that not everyone may know is how the classic design came to be.
Back in 2015, Shinya Kimura’s Faster Son concept debuted at the wheels & Waves gathering in Biarritz. Geared towards what AsphaltAndRubber
calls the “hipster motorcycle crowd”, the new sport heritage bike is the production version of that concept. Having been on sale in Europe since November 2015, it’s about time enthusiasts in the States get a crack at the XSR900’s smaller sibling.
Taking inspiration from the still popular Yamaha XS650, Kimura has gone for more upright ergonomics compared to the FZ-07, which it’s based on, by adding tapered handlebars and an elongated two-texture leather seat. Of course there’s the vintage looking aluminum fuel tank with exposed rivets holding the center panel in place. Completing the nostalgic look is a set of rounded head and taillights.
Once they hit American showroom floors in October next year, customers should have a choice of three paint colors; Brilliant Red, Garage Metal and Tech Black. At $8,499 each, the 700cc parallel-twin powered bike is sure to bring a smile to your face.