2016 Yamaha XSR700 – this is the Japanese modern retro you are looking for



Made from the base model of the MT-07, Yamaha engineers proves that they can still have the idea of interesting retro styled bike. Yamaha introduces the XSR700 fitted with the 270-degree crankshaft crossplane philosophy. It burns 698cc of fuel in the configuration of 2-inline 4-stroke liquid-cooled engine. The power is rated at 55.0 kW (74.8PS) @ 9,000 rpm and 68.0 Nm (6.9 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm.  Why retro? For me, the design is timeless. It will always looks good in any era.

2016-Yamaha-XSR700-EU-Forest-Green-Detail-004The tagline for this XSR700 is ‘Born Tomorrow’ which I think refers to the technology that is cutting edge but styling that feels 60-70s. The use of the digital meter here shows that XSR700 is NOT trying to hide its age by using a much advanced meter style. Enclosed in circular shape, it still looks good and ‘in place’. This must have been a perfect combination of modern and retro. Some bikes are just trying to much to be retro and left out the tech behind.

2016-Yamaha-XSR700-EU-Forest-Green-Detail-005The rear lights remind me of the Yamaha Bolt which features a circular design with LED lights inside it. The round headlight adds the simplicity and makes it still feels retro.

The technology is not left behind with the use of dual disc brake at the front sized 282mm bitten by 4-piston caliper on each side. Nice. This could just be the Japanese modern retro bike that you are looking for.

2016 Yamaha XSR700 Technical Specs


Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves
Displacement 689 cm³
Bore x stroke 80.0 mm x 68.6 mm
Compression ratio 11.5 : 1
Maximum power 55.0 kW (74.8PS) @ 9,000 rpm
Limited power version 35.0 kW
Maximum torque 68.0 Nm (6.9 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Clutch type Wet, Multiple Disc
Fuel system Fuel Injection
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain


Frame Diamond
Front suspension system Telescopic forks
Front travel 130 mm
Caster angle 24º 50
Trail 90 mm
Rear suspension system Swingarm, (Link type suspension)
Rear travel 130 mm
Front brake Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 282 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm
Front tyre 120/70 ZR 17M/C(58V) (Tubeless)
Rear tyre 180/55 ZR 17M/C(73V) (Tubeless)


Overall length 2,075 mm
Overall width 820 mm
Overall height 1,130 mm
Seat height 815 mm
Wheel base 1,405 mm
Minimum ground clearance 140 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 186 kg ABS
Fuel tank capacity 14 L
Oil tank capacity 2.7 L

Source: http://www.yamaha-motor.eu/uk/products/motorcycles/sport-heritage/xsr700.aspx

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