Yamaha hasn’t said anything about bringing the XSR700 to North America yet but they will be releasing the XSR900 as a sort of alternative for those of you across the pond.
Unfortunately, NA will not be getting the Rock slate paint option the gray model should hit dealerships in April followed by the yellow model in May. Both the Matte Gray/Aluminum and 60th Anniversary Yellow models’ prices will be announced sometime next month and it’s speculated to slot between the $8190 FZ-09 and $10,490 FJ-09.
Other than the color, both models seems to be exactly the same everywhere else. Moving the XSR900 is an 847cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline 3-cylinder engine based on the one found in Yamaha’s FZ-09 and it’s coupled with a 6-speed transmission. Keeping you safe while riding are sportbike-spec brake discs backed by an anti-lock braking system which should come standard. One point worth mentioning is the XSR900’s adjustable suspension. Both the front and rear suspension, 5.4-in and 5.1-in of travel respectively, can have its preload and rebound damping adjusted to suit your needs.
As for the instrument gauge, it looks almost identical to the one on the XSR700. Only difference between the two seems to be the color; where the XSR700’s gauge number are black on a neutral backdrop, the XSR900’s gauge consists of white numbers on a black backdrop.
So, will you go for the XSR900 or wait and see if the XSR700 will reach North America’s shores?