Yamaha XSR700

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

Price: £6,250

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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.

Yamaha XSR700

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.

Yamaha XSR700


  • 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
  • Economic
  • 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

Yamaha XSR700

Summing up, it's a fun bike to ride. Handles very well and looks great too.

- Rob D, 2019

Price Guide

Year Dealer Private Part Ex Mileage
2015 £2,250 £1,800 £1,550 4,500
2016 £4,600 £3,700 £3,200 3,200
2017 £5,950 £4,800 £4,200 2,300
2018 £6,350 £5,100 £4,450 1,300
2019 £7,100 £5,700 £5,000 450

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