The Yamaha XSR700 Is The Ducati Scrambler Competitor We’ve Waited For

Ducati gets it. Honda is getting it. And now Yamaha nails it. This is the XSR700, the retro-modern roadster based on one of the best bikes in Yamaha’s stable.

The Yamaha XSR700 Is The Ducati Scrambler Competitor We’ve Waited For

The XSR cribs the FZ-07 platform, taking the frame and 689cc parallel-twin engine and slathering it in one of the most tasteful blends of old-school style and new-school accouterments this side of the Scrambler.

As a matter of fact, it looks even better than the Duc, with its single round headlamp and matching LED tail lamp, dual-textured seat, lower vents, side panels, and tidy tail.

The Yamaha XSR700 Is The Ducati Scrambler Competitor We’ve Waited For

But the best part might be the lone round gauge, which packs a massive amount of information (fuel level!) into a slick, tiny LCD package.

The Yamaha XSR700 Is The Ducati Scrambler Competitor We’ve Waited For

Yamaha sweated the small stuff – from the design of the rear subframe to the bracket that holds the front fender – and it shows.

The Yamaha XSR700 Is The Ducati Scrambler Competitor We’ve Waited For

Just look at how it packaged the onboard tool kit.

The Yamaha XSR700 Is The Ducati Scrambler Competitor We’ve Waited For

Unlike most parallel twins, the 270-degree crank engine actually has character, and that should be aided by the low-mount exhaust. Output is rated at 73.8 horsepower at 9,000 RPM and 50.2 lb-ft peaking at 6,500 revs. Given the size of the aluminum tank and Yamaha’s claim of 54.7 MPG, 200 miles shouldn’t be hard to hit.

The Yamaha XSR700 Is The Ducati Scrambler Competitor We’ve Waited For

The seat is about a half-inch taller than the FZ at 32.1 inches, and the suspension remains largely unchanged with a 24.5-degree rake up front and 5.1 inches of travel at each end holding up the 10 spoke aluminum wheels.

The Yamaha XSR700 Is The Ducati Scrambler Competitor We’ve Waited For

Dual, four-piston brakes are mounted up front with 282mm rotors, with a 245mm disc at the far, all augmented by ABS as standard.

All in, the XSR has a dry weight of 410 pounds, and when sales begin this November, expect it to be priced maybe a few hundred dollars higher than its FZ-07 stablemate – figure around $7,500 or so – before you start tacking on all the accessories Yamaha will be offering.

source: gizmodo.com by Damon Lavrinc

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