The Yamaha XSR700 2020 aims at the beginner that wants to get past the L-plate stigma and go directly to cool. It’s $12,899 rideaway, so you pay for the privilege, but it’s more that the run-of-the-mill LAMS offering and may stay in the garage long after the L-plates are in the bin. Does it pass muster? INFO MOTO investigates…
What we like:
- Great mix of retro and modern looks
- Nice linear power
- Lovely light steering
Room for improvement:
- That speedo styling misses the mark
- Rear shock needs more rebound damping
- Standard exhaust note is feeble
Yamaha XSR700 2020
The new Yamaha XSR700 colour scheme takes inspiration from the 1960s racing era. Specifically, Bill Ivy’s 125cc world championship winning two-stroke.
No other changes have been made for 2020, with the MT-07LA-based retro retaining its 655cc parallel-twin, delivering 38kW and 57Nm.
Distinguishing the XSR700 from the MT-07LA is a number of heritage-inspired features, like an aluminium fuel tank, front and rear aluminium fenders, a two-texture leather seat, vintage-style headlight and taillight, circular instrument clock and brushed aluminium around the front fender, radiator and headlight.
So. It’s friendly, nicely styled and quick enough, but will it bring in a strong audience of cool learners at $12,899 rideaway?