Born to be back again
Yamaha’s Sport Heritage models blend timeless design and cool retro looks with the very latest technology. From the 2-cylinder XSR700 through to the 3-cylinder XSR900 and the XV950 V-twins, this diverse line up is specifically designed to enable and encourage riders of all ages to customise their bike to suit their own needs and style.
By fusing iconic style with cutting edge engine and chassis design, Yamaha’s Faster Sons philosophy ensures that each bike in the Sport Heritage line has its own unique character and appeal – and this instils a special pride of ownership amongst the many riders who want a long term relationship with their motorcycle.
As soon as the XSR models were introduced they immediately caught the attention of Europe’s top customisers, and in recent years Yamaha has collaborated with more than 60 projects to build unique specials based on Sport Heritage models. With its light weight, agile handling and emotional torque feeling, the XSR700 has become a favourite with custom workshops and individual riders who want to build scrambler specials. For 2019 Yamaha will launch a new version of the XSR700 that mixes the passion and flavour of an earlier era with the customisation trend of today.
New XSR700 XTribute: a modern homage to a 1970s icon
Over 40 years ago Yamaha introduced the XT500, an air-cooled 4-stroke single that went on to become one of Europe’s best-loved motorcycles. The key to its success was simple design, useable power and all round versatility, and with its XT-inspired colours and classic scrambler looks, the new XSR700 XTribute respects the XT’s true character and pays homage to this iconic bike.
This special combination of timeless good looks and modern technology perfectly illustrates the true spirit of the Faster Sons philosophy, and with its unique specification the XSR700 XTribute gives a new generation of riders the chance to celebrate the past, while at the same time benefitting from the very latest technology and an outstanding riding experience.
Retro XT inspired ‘1981’ colours and graphics
From 1976 through to 1989 the XT500 was a major commercial success and sold in huge numbers all over Europe, and during its long production run this iconic model featured a number of bold and simple colour schemes. To celebrate the legendary status of the XT, Yamaha has chosen the most iconic silver tank, white mudguards and gold wheels for the new XSR700 XTribute – and even the indicators go back to the XT’s original orange finish.
The new colour is appropriately named ‘1981’ to celebrate the XT’s golden era, and devoted Yamaha fans will instantly recognise this modern interpretation of a revered design – which features an XSR700 logo that is inspired by the legendary XT500 design – while younger riders are sure to appreciate the timeless retro looks that give this Sport Heritage bike a unique appeal.
Off road handlebars and chunky footrests
As well as its XT colour scheme the XSR700 XTribute adopts dirt bike style tapered handlebars that reinforce the urban scrambler looks. As well as providing a comfortable and upright riding position, these wider handlebars give increased leverage, making the bike easy to manoeuvre at slow speeds. Other special features include the chunky off road style footrests that complement the rugged scrambler character.
Block pattern tyres
Block pattern tyres are fitted to the lightweight 10-spoke cast wheels to reinforce the aggressive urban scrambler looks of the XSR700 XTribute. For high levels of grip with easy handling characteristics on the street and dirt roads this Sport Heritage bike is fitted with Pirelli MT60RS tyres – 180/55-17 rear and 120/70-217 front.
Special flat seat and fork gaiters
Yamaha has developed a unique new seat for the XSR700 XTribute featuring a flat profile that respects the design of the original XT. Offering a modern, high quality finish and featuring a subtle XTribute logo embossed on the rear, this seat contributes towards the bike’s characterful mix of old and new.
Every Yamaha Sport Heritage bike is designed with close attention to every detail – and the same is true on the XSR700 XTribute. Black rubber gaiters are fitted to the front forks to underline the whole retro feel, and the top of the fork tubes are enclosed within black plastic covers to give a clean and understated look to the front end.
Classic scrambler cool with modern technology
The real beauty of the XSR700 XTribute is the way that is combines effortless scrambler cool with modern technology. With its black engine, frame and forks set against the retro colours of the silver fuel tank, gold wheels and white mudguards, the impression of simplicity is reinforced, making this bike a fitting tribute to the original XT500.
Yet at the same time as projecting a classic feel, this is very much a modern motorcycle equipped with the very latest technology. Its powerful engine and agile chassis deliver an exciting and thoroughly modern riding experience – and features such as the smaller LED tail light and LCD instruments contrast beautifully with the vintage colouring and finish. Classic and modern at the same time, the XSR700 XTribute gives the best of both worlds.
Black instruments, controls and radiator covers
The retro theme runs throughout this great looking urban scrambler, and includes special black faced digital instruments that are located in a different position to the standard XSR700. Lightweight black frame guards and radiator covers are featured – and the black theme extends right to through the handlebar control levers and instrument bracket to give an understated look that focuses the viewer’s attention on the strong retro ‘1981’ colours.
At the heart of the XSR700 XTribute is Yamaha’s outstandingly successful and highly regarded 689cc inline 2-cylinder engine whose crossplane philosophy design develops strong and linear torque. Delivering thrilling performance with excellent fuel economy, this is one of today’s most highly-regarded powerplants.
Light, compact and agile
Weighing in at just 186kg wet, the XSR700 XTribute is one of the lightest scramblers in the category. The steel backbone frame and compact chassis is one of the most agile and manoeuvrable designs in the class, making the XSR700 XTribute ideal for the city as well as giving an exciting ride on the open road.
Optional Akrapovič high-level black exhaust
Back in 1976 the very first XT500 featured a low header pipe with a high level muffler, and customers can replicate this look by fitting their XSR700 XTribute with the optional Akrapovič exhaust. With a black finish – like the original XT500 – this high specification 2-into-1 system gives a radical look and produces a gruff exhaust note – key features that complement the bike’s scrambler character and accentuate the premium specification of this new Faster Sons model.
• 689cc, CP2, high-torque engine
• Compact and agile chassis
• XSR700 inspired by the iconic XT500 from 1981
• Special XT-style flat seat
• XSR700 XTribute logo on tank and seat
• Off road handlebars and chunky footrests
• Fork gaiters
• Pirelli MT60RS tyres for ON and soft OFF ROAD riding
• Black finishing for levers and handlebars
• Black LCD instruments
• LED tail light
• Radiator protector covers
• Optional high level 2-into-1 Akrapovič exhaust with black finish
The new XSR700 XTribute will be available at Yamaha dealers starting in April 2019. Please contact your national Yamaha press officer for more detailed information and the local retail price.
Yamaha Genuine Accessories: Make it all yours
Riders who want to make their XSR700 XTribute even more unique should check out the Yamaha Genuine Accessories range.
For each motorcycle in the range the Genuine Accessories line can cover three broad groups. Functional parts such as screens and luggage are designed to make the ride as comfortable as possible – while crankcase protectors and axle protectors help to keep every XSR in great condition.
The wide selection of styling parts include billet covers, mesh grills and high mount licence plate holders – and the performance line includes a high level 2-into-1 Akrapovič exhaust with a black finish, as well as Öhlins shocks and fork springs, billet adjusters and much more.
Build a dream collection with the free MyGarage app
The MyGarage app is the best way for customers to build their dream collection of Yamaha motorcycles – and it’s totally free! By downloading the free app anyone can start creating their very own personalised Yamaha.
MyGarage enables customers to add or remove a wide range of Genuine Options accessories and view the bike from any angle. Once a dream bike has been created it can be saved and shared with friends – and once a final decision is made on the ideal specification, it can be sent to the local Yamaha dealer who will turn it into reality.
Yamaha Faster Sons Apparel Collection
The Yamaha Faster Sons range of retro-inspired riding gear and casual leisure wear includes a fantastic choice of cool garments, many of them designed by Roland Sands. The line-up includes T shirts, work shirts, leather riding jackets, wax jackets, open face helmets and more, and is constantly evolving.
Check the latest range out now and see the Faster Sons look that suits each Yamaha Sport Heritage bike.