We’ve already seen a four way review of these bikes by BikeSocial, well now VisorDown wants to get in on some of this middleweight retro action as well and they took all four bikes out for a group ride last week. Similar conclusions were drawn by this group and the Yamaha XSR700 came out as the lineup’s well-rounded model while still being the most affordable of the lot.
Yes, they also complained a bit about the bike’s retro styling compared to the Guzzi V7 II but by the end of the day, rider Tom Rayner didn’t hesitate to call dibs on the XSR700 for the ride back.
Tom liked the XSR700 because it was the lightest bike out of the four, had the most nimble handling on twisty British roads, and the rider sits taller than the Street Twin. On twisty roads, only the Ducati Scrambler was able to keep up and both the Moto Guzzi and Triumph were lagging behind.
Simon Greenacre prefers the Scrambler but even he had to admit that the XSR700 has the best combination of performance and style. It has more power and speed than the Triumph and Guzzi. His biggest complaint about the Yamaha was that it didn’t feel authentic or special.
A sentiment that Kane Dalton agrees with. To him, the XSR700 is a “functional all-round modern bike” and the fastest one out of the group but he still would rather get a Guzzi even though it initially wouldn’t start thanks to a dead battery.
It all comes down to personal preference and what a rider values.