2019 Yamaha XSR700

A smaller, lighter, and arguably better-looking twin-cylinder version of the XSR900

2019 Yamaha XSR700
2019 Yamaha XSR700Yamaha

Hipsters rejoice: With Ducati and Triumph cashing in on the midsize retro-modern movement, it was only a matter of time before Yamaha joined the fray, first with the XSR900, and last year with the XSR700, which debuted in the US as a 2018 model. The XSR700 gets its retro-flavored styling cues from its older big brother, but it’s built on the FZ-07 (now MT-07) chassis and shares many of that bike’s core components, like parallel twin, 41mm fork, and steel “diamond” frame. Even the ABS-equipped standard brakes are the same; it’s mainly the ergonomics and “Sport Heritage” aesthetics that distinguish the two machines.

The XSR700 was the first bike to be released under Yamaha’s “Faster Sons” philosophy, which entails applying today’s technology to yesterday’s classic looks for better performance. The XSR700 steps it up with a handful of considered details, like exposed aluminum pieces, retro-influenced bodywork, a stepped seat, and custom lighting and instrumentation. For 2019, the XSR700 receives only a cosmetic update in the form of the simple Aluminum/Red color scheme inspired by Yamaha’s Grand Prix-winning two-strokes of the 1970s.

Likes: A snappy, user-friendly powerplant, nimble handling, and smart styling

Dislikes: Soft seat padding, front brake lever doesn't provide much feel

Verdict: Modern-day components and performance dressed in appealing retro aesthetics

2019 Yamaha XSR700 Reviews And Comparisons

In our initial ride of the 2018 Yamaha XSR700, we were impressed by the XSR’s “more planted feel that gives the rider confidence to brake later and carry more speed.” Testers also appreciated that the Pirelli Phantom Sportscomp tires “complement the suspension and provide excellent feel and grip.”

2019 Yamaha XSR700 Competition

Because the retro-modern niche is mainly style-based, choosing comparable models is subjective, but the Ducati Scrambler Icon generally treads in the same neighborhood as far as price, displacement, and intent. The Moto Guzzi V7 III and Triumph Street Twin can also be grouped into this same relatively broad category.

2019 Yamaha XSR700
2019 Yamaha XSR700Yamaha

2019 Yamaha XSR700 Specifications And Pricing

The XSR’s compact parallel twin is known for its strong power delivery, so it’s a good thing ABS comes standard. The 2019 model is only available in one color, but Yamaha makes it easy to customize the XSR with more than a dozen Sport Heritage accessories. Pricing remains the same this year.

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $8,499
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, parallel twin
Displacement 689cc
Bore x Stroke 80.0mm x 68.6mm
Horsepower 73.8 hp @ 9,000 rpm
Torque 50.2 lb.-ft. @ 6,500 rpm
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 32.9 in.
Rake 25º
Trail 3.5 in.
Front Suspension 41mm; 5.1-in. travel
Rear Suspension Preload adjustment; 5.1-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 180/55-17
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal.
Wheelbase 55.3 in.
Claimed Dry Weight 410 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height N/A
Wet Weight N/A
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 67.9 hp @ 8,790 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 47.4 lb.-ft. @ 6,490 rpm
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A