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News 2016 Yamaha XS700 is an MT-07 Based Retro Motorcycle

Discussion in 'Motorcycling News' at netrider.net.au started by NetriderBot, Jul 23, 2015.

  1. We knew a retro styled motorcycle based on the Yamaha MT-07 (FZ-07) was coming after Yamaha Europe showed off a concept just last month. Now the official motorcycle has been unveiled and it’s a beauty and no doubt will compete directly with the Ducati Scrambler in the ‘new’ retro market – albeit it with a likely big price advantage.



    Yamaha describes the bike as “a casual, retro styled street bike that pays tribute to the iconic Yamaha XS650″. It will join Yamaha’s ever expanding Sports Heritage range and given the dynamics and power of the donor MT-07, it will definitely succeed in the sport category.

    What impresses us most is that Yamaha has gone to a good deal of effort to make this a proper standalone motorcycle. It would have been easy for them to just change the fairings and headlights and call it a retro styled machine, but they’ve done much more than that. In addition to the new front and rear lights, the aluminium fuel tank is totally new as is the seat. There’s also a brand new dash that takes obvious inspiration from the Ducati Scrambler

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    Less flattering however is the radiator. Obviously going air cooled was not an option but it does stick out like the proverbial. Perhaps making it black in color would have hidden it better. There’s also undoubtedly major parts of the MT-07 still visible which does at times make this appear to be an awkward combination of old and new but overall we feel it works – and it’s definitely great to get a retro styled bike with a modern engine and other parts.

    The modern technology complementing the retro style continues with lightweight 10-spoke aluminium wheels and stopping power – ABS will be standard. Engine specifications remain unchanged from the MT-07. Again, just like Ducati there will be a plethora of aftermarket accessories and yes, a clothing range. Wet weight comes in at a fairly respectable 186kg. Full specifications are listed below.

    The bike will be released in Europe in November this year. Australia will get it in the first quarter of 2016 and while we haven’t received confirmation on a specific release date in the USA, it has been confirmed it will be coming to North America in the near future.

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    2016 Yamaha XS700 Specifications

    EngineLiquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-stroke, 4-valves, 2-cylinder
    Capacity689 cm³
    Power55.0 kW (74.8PS) @ 9,000 rpm
    Torque68.0 Nm (6.9 kg-m) @ 6,500 rpm
    Gear Box6 gears
    Front BrakesHydraulic dual disc, Ø 282 mm, ABS
    Rear BrakesHydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm, ABS
    Front SuspensionTelescopic forks, 130 mm travel
    Rear SuspensionSwingarm, (Link type suspension), 130mm travel
    Front Tire120/70 ZR 17M/C(58V) (Tubeless)
    Rear Tire180/55 ZR 17M/C(73V) (Tubeless)
    Wet Weight186 kg
    Tank Capacity14 L



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  2. Not a big fan..

    They should have done something like a XJR 900 on the lines of the XJR 1300.. Well..
     
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  3. Looks nothing like an XS650. Or any other 70s/early 80s bike I can think of, Yamaha or not. None were ever quite that hideoous and badly proportioned. Apart from maybe the XZ550 which was, coincidentally, a Yamaha but, unlike most Yams, didn't work very well either.

    Yamaha's copywriters, along with their stylists, should be taken outside and shot.
     
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  4. It's strange but in the video it looks heaps better. Clearly not everyone's cup of tea though. The response from the journo's has been overwhelmingly positive.
     
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  5. I don't mind it though that radiator sure is ugly.

    Give me the version based on the MT09 engine and we can talk.
     
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