2020 Yamaha XSR700

A more classically styled version of the beloved MT-07.

Yamaha XSR700 right front
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The Yamaha MT-07 is adored by pretty much anyone who enjoys a motorcycle that’s easy to ride, has a ton of engine character, and balances its excellent performance and features with sub-$8K affordability. If you want most of what the MT-07 has to offer but prefer a more classically styled machine, the XSR700 may be the bike for you. It’s essentially an MT-07 but with a slightly more relaxed handlebar, seat, and footpeg relationship and a retro makeover that nods to Yamaha’s air-cooled 1970–1983 XS series of motorcycles, a model range about as perpetually en vogue with customizers as two- and four-cylinder Honda CBs from the same era.

Yamaha XSR700 right side
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The XSR700 is not, however, a retro clone. There are no faux carburetors or cooling fins here, thank you very much. The XSR700 proudly displays its modern liquid-cooled 689cc crossplane parallel-twin and “diamond-type” single-shock steel frame. With antilock brakes, cast aluminum wheels, and a modern liquid-crystal display, the XSR treads into the past without sacrificing its versatile MT roots. For 2020, the XSR gets a new Radical White/Rapid Red paint scheme with gold rims and keeps its $8,499 MSRP.

2020 Yamaha XSR700 Reviews and Competition

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Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $8,499
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, two-cylinder
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 25.0°
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
Wheelbase 55.3 in.
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 410 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications (2018 model)

Seat Height N/A
Dry 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