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Hey peeps, debating the purchase of a new 2018 XSR700 vs a used pre-2018 one. The inter web raves about how Yamaha have significantly firmed up the suspension this year in response to the unexpected popularity among older, ahem, heavier riders.

I’m 65kg (143lbs) wet, and so am weary of getting a swanky new bike where I can’t soften the suspension enough. But then people say the older XSRs can be a bit soft/squidgy when cornering hard etc.

What have the lighter riders out there found? Ta!
 

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Hoi lindenberge,

Only the MT-07 was updated in design and suspension.The XSR remained untouched, so there is no difference in an used or new XSR regarding a firm suspension. It is still comfy and plush. The lighter drivers have to reply, if this suits them.

BR
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I noticed that the lowering kit from Lust Racing (a rear shock spring retainer) will not fit the 2018 models, according to their web site. It makes me wonder what may be different.
 

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I noticed that the lowering kit from Lust Racing (a rear shock spring retainer) will not fit the 2018 models, according to their web site. It makes me wonder what may be different.
No difference
Just a wrong description ;)
 

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According to a Cycle World review the forks are 6% stiffer and the rear shock is 11% stiffer. I'm not a little guy and I was expecting to want to do some upgrades to the front forks. I find them quite satisfactory though. For now. If you find them too stiff, however, you could try taking the rear spring down a notch and hence take some preload off of the forks. Cheers!
 

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According to a Cycle World review the forks are 6% stiffer and the rear shock is 11% stiffer. I'm not a little guy and I was expecting to want to do some upgrades to the front forks. I find them quite satisfactory though. For now. If you find them too stiff, however, you could try taking the rear spring down a notch and hence take some preload off of the forks. Cheers!
You're talking about the new 2018 MT07 ?
The 2018 XSR 700's got same suspensions as 2016, 2017.
 

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Yes, as rocketdog said. 2018 version of XSR700 available in North America is upgraded. But I don't really see why the improvements wouldn't be across the board to all 2018 versions. Especially since this 'upgraded' version is the first year available in N.A.
 

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I mean, I think its weird the review would state that the bike has been upgraded from previous models, and not that the North American version is upgraded. If they were supplying different models to different regions.
 
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