Yamaha XSR700 Review
|It loves a thrashing around a good country road. It's a fun bike to ride, handles very well and looks great too.||
What Is It?
Capacity: 689 cc
Power: 74 bhp
Seat Height: 815 mm AVG
Wet Weight: 186 kg
Range: 170 miles
|✓||Looks, handling, brakes, loads of parts available|
|×||Suspension, non-LED headlight, seat, quiet exhaust|
I bought it about one year ago and I've covered over 8,000 miles since then. It's currently fitted with Michelin Road 5's which I really like. They inspire confidence on the twisties!
The brakes are more than adequate and I really like the ABS feature, especially when braking hard it stops the rear wheel from locking up.
It really loves a good thrashing around a good country road. The back suspension is slightly too soft for my liking and I tend to bottom out on bumpy corners.
The other thing is that the seat, although it looks well proportioned and comfortable, can literally become a pain in the ass after an hour or so of riding. Other than that I have no problem with or complaints about the bike. It's a miser on fuel (55/60mpg I reckon) and easy to work on. Low maintenance so far.
I once had an RD350LC back in the 80's and the first time I rode this the memories of that bike came flooding back. It has the ability to awaken the hooligan inside.
- Leo Vince exhaust system which I really like as the original exhaust system is way too quiet
- Givi rear carrier rack
- Givi 22 litre hard side boxes
- Givi 5 litre 'Tanklock' tankbag
- Ermax bikini faring
- Hand guards
- Easy to ride
- Easy to work on
- Lots of accessories available to individualise it
- Rear suspension needs beefing up
- Seat becomes intolerable after an hour or so of riding
Summing up, it's a fun bike to ride. Handles very well and looks great too.
- Rob D, 2019
- MT-07: The uber popular modern naked bike the XSR700 is based on.