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Yamaha’s Brand New SCR950 Scrambler: US Only!

Finally, The Yamaha Scrambler We’ve Been Hoping For!

Updated August 13, 2018

Yamaha has announced their plans to release a special model, exclusive to the USA, just in time for summer. If you want to get your hands on the brand new SCR950 Yamaha Scrambler, contact your local Yamaha dealership from the beginning of July. We’ve learned that it’s going to retail here in the States at around the $8,600 marker. Interestingly, a 2016 Ducati Scrambler (Classic, base model) currently retails for around $10,000 give or take a few hundred in either direction (and not including the numerous add ons and subtractions) so with the Yamaha undercutting them, we may have a serious Scrambler battle on our hands!

SCR950 Yamaha Scrambler 1

This latest edition to the Yamaha Sports Heritage range is heavily influenced by a bobber style custom called the XV950 that we saw a little while ago. The SCR950 is powered by the very same air cooled, 942cc, SOHC, four valve V-twin engine, but also features new scrambler inspired bodywork, a higher back end, a raised seat, wider handlebars, fork gaiters, wire spoked wheels, knobbly tires and, of course, a number board. Because people who buy this will definitely be entering into competitions, right? No? Oh well. And you get a choice of having it in either red of silver too.

Say Hello To The Yamaha Scrambler!

SCR950 Yamaha Scrambler 2

At the moment, the Yamaha Scrambler is a US exclusive, since it’s not Euro4 compliant, and Yamaha’s engineers are busy scratching their heads wondering if it’s worth re-engineering for the European market or not. In the meantime, that means we can give it a first ride and see if it’s worth the hype.

SCR950 Yamaha Scrambler 3

There is definitely something appealing about a retro looking bike with modern gadgetry, but somewhere along the way, my interest seems to evaporate. It always feels like these retro-modern things are taking the motorcycling industry one step forward and then two steps back. I mean, it’s great for those who want a classic looking machine without the hassle, but it seems that all of this re-engineering is stifling the guys in the R&D departments who should be focusing on making new machinery.

SCR950 Yamaha Scrambler 4

So what’s my opinion: it’s going to sell, and sell very well, but if I had $8,600 to blow on a scrambler, I’d buy any old piece of crap that I could genuinely thrash (and not feel bad about doing it) and put the rest of the money towards something more useful to me. Because let’s be honest, how many of the modern Ducati Scrambler owners have you actually seen scrambling? I don’t think I’ve even seen one, save for in the promo vids…

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Joe Appleton
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I’ve done a bit of work here and there in the industry – I’ve even ridden a few bikes for actual money but what it comes down to is this: I ride bikes, build bikes and occasionally crash ‘em too. I like what I like but that certainly doesn’t make my opinion any more valid than yours…

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