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2018 Yamaha XSR700 – Coming To The USA!

Finally, the USA can enjoy the retro-themed Yamaha XSR700!

Updated August 24, 2018

After a successful two years on the European continent, Yamaha has decided to bring the XSR700 to the USA and Canada for 2018. This sexy twin has been a staple part of the European motorcycling scene since 2016, but now Yamaha have decided to see how well it performs on this side of the Atlantic. And it doesn’t take a genius to work out that it’s going to be a resounding success. Powered by the already successful FZ-07 motor and swaddled in Yamaha’s very own sports heritage, retro cool aesthetics, there’s no reason that this combination can fail.

The 2018 Yamaha XSR700 USA Version!

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Since the XSR700 was such a success in Europe, and with it’s bigger brother – the XSR900 – doing well, Yamaha have decided to give the XSR700 a chance on US soil. Featuring a 700cc parallel twin, crossplane 270° crank, power plant directly transplanted from the FZ-07 that produces around 75 hp at 9,000 rpm and 50 lb-ft of torque at 6,500 rpm, you can rest assured that the XSR700 is more than capable of holding its own on US roads. Despite sharing the same engine as the FZ-07, the XSR700 actually has a new aluminum chassis that promises a light and maneuverable riding experience.

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Other differences include a brand new aluminum fuel tank, a retro-themed headlight and tail light, and a rather svelte rear subframe that keeps the vintage style seat held in place. On top of that, Yamaha have also given the XSR700 a selection of aluminum components and fixings to give it that full-on vintage vibe, twinned with more modern details such as the LCD instrumentation. What’s more, Yamaha have made the steel subframe removable, so if you’re looking for a purpose built custom platform that straddles the line between retro and modern nicely, then the XSR700 is a great choice.

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Potential customers will be pleased to know that the 2018 Yamaha XSR700 USA boasts decent economy with 58 mpg, has a wet weight of 410 lbs, and comes with a very attractive price tag of $8,499 MSRP – and that includes ABS. Available color options are Matte Gray/Aluminum, or Raspberry Metallic. If you’re sold on one of these attractive retro-standards, then visit your local Yamaha dealership from October.

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