When it got here time for the edit workers to decide on our long-term check bikes for the yr, I needed to act rapidly to get my arms on the Yamaha XSR700. That is the XSR700’s first yr within the US, and whereas it’s been accessible in Europe since 2016, People had solely been in a position to experience the extra modern-styled FZ-07 primarily based on the identical engine and chassis. Having spent just a little time on the FZ-07—and late nights looking at footage of the XSR—I knew this bike could be simply the stability of fashion, energy, and maneuverability I used to be in search of.
I’ve had this bike for a few weeks now and each second with it has been enjoyable and simple. It has nice energy, however it’s gentle and simple to whip. In the event you like wheelies, you’ll like this one, however it’s not unwieldy or twitchy. The throttle rolls on easily and energy climbs evenly with revs nearly all the way in which up.
I’ll be altering the seat and including a cargo rack first, so keep tuned for the set up video coming quickly and common updates on this little beast for the remainder of 2018!