Yamaha has been selling the XSR700 in Europe since 2016 and they’re finally shipping them across the pond to North America.
Sure, those living in Canada and Stateside had the Yamaha FZ-07 and it’s a lot of fun to ride. But not all motorcycle enthusiasts were into the hyper naked bike’s aesthetics.
To address this problem Yamaha released the XSR700, a Sport Heritage bike sharing a platform and motors with the FZ-07. It’ll still feature the naked sibling’s 698cc parallel-twin motor with a crossplane 270-degree crank, but with an updated exterior.
Appearing at AIMExpo, event goers can get a close look at the XSR700’s aluminum fuel tank, vintage looking head and tail lamps, vintage-style seat, and modified subframe to support said seat. Yamaha has even added aluminum brackets for the front fender and radiator cover. To make it even more appealing, the XSR’s tank panels and steel subframe are removable for customization.
Matching the XSR’s laid back styling is a more upright seating position, changing rider ergonomics by adjusting the bars, seat, and pegs.
Once order books are open in October, customers can claim a XSR700 as their own for $8,499 with two paint options to choose from (Matte Gray/Aluminum or Raspberry Metallic) and ABS is included as a standard feature.