2016 Yamaha XS700 is an MT-07 Based Retro Motorcycle

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

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.

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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