The XSR700 is finally here! Here meaning in the United States, of course. Yes, this model year the Yamaha XSR700 is finally available for us folks Stateside. Rocking the 698cc, liquid-cooled, inline twin-cylinder engine paired with a constant-mesh six-speed transmission, the XSR700 comes in at a manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $8,499.
As testing ace Michael Gilbert said: “This modern-day performance and timeless styling cater to both exploring open roads and kicking tires at the coffee shop. At $8,499, the Yamaha XSR700 costs $900 more than an MT-07, but if you really like that classic look and don’t mind ponying up a little extra cash, the XSR700 might be the bike for you. As for me, though, I would rather pocket the difference and buy more coffee.”
Running our XSR700 on our dyno, we did fourth-gear pulls and got 67.91 hp and 47.47 pound-feet of torque.