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!
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.
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.
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.