Yamaha has confirmed the Australian launch of its updated XSR700 2022, which will go on sale early next year in two new colour schemes, Historic Black and Historic White.
The new colour schemes hark back to Yamaha’s liquid-cooled two-strokes of the 1980s, with paint lines on the tank similar to that found on the now-classic RD350 LC.
Other changes for the 2022 Yamaha XSR700 include a new LED headlight, a larger front brake disc (now measuring 298mm) and a revised cockpit layout.
Pricing has yet to be confirmed, however, the current XSR700 is still available from $13,299 rideaway.
The Yamaha XSR700 is based on the MT-07LA, and so it is exclusively available with a restricted LAMS tune in Australia.
Motivating the bike is a carry-over 655cc parallel twin engine that generates 38kW and 57Nm.
The Yamaha XSR700 sits below the larger-capacity XSR900, which has also undergone a facelift for the 2022 model-year, with updated retro styling and performance enhancements.
Motivating the new Yamaha XSR900 is the brand’s latest 889cc three-cylinder engine generating 87.5kW and 93Nm. That translates to to a 3kW boost to power and a 5.5Nm increase in torque compared to that of the outgoing model’s 847cc powerplant.
The updated bike is also two kilograms lighter than its predecessor at 193 kilograms (wet), thanks in part to a revised chassis with a longer swingarm.
Like the platform sharing MT-09 naked bike, the new XSR900 features a six-axis electronics suite for the first time to offer more advanced traction control and cornering ABS. Rider modes can be toggled using a full colour TFT dash unit.
The 2022 Yamaha XSR900 will be available locally in two colour schemes, Legend Blue and Midnight Black.
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