Motorcycles: 2021 Yamaha XSR900 and XSR700 First Look Preview

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a man riding a motorcycle down a street: Yamaha adds sharp neo-classic Radical White/Rapid Red colorway to 2021 XSR700 and 2021 XSR900. © Yamaha Yamaha adds sharp neo-classic Radical White/Rapid Red colorway to 2021 XSR700 and 2021 XSR900.

Yamaha’s neo-classic versions of the MT-07 and MT-09 are getting style upgrades for the 2021 model year. The XSR700 and the XSR900 pack all the wallop of their modern-looking counterparts, but their paint and bodywork hearken back to the heady days of the RZ350 and its smoky ilk.

a man riding a motorcycle down a street: Yamaha adds sharp neo-classic Radical White/Rapid Red colorway to 2021 XSR700 and 2021 XSR900. © Provided by Motorcyclist Yamaha adds sharp neo-classic Radical White/Rapid Red colorway to 2021 XSR700 and 2021 XSR900.

For 2021, both bikes will be available in an oh-so-retro combination of Radical White and Rapid Red, set off with a killer set of gold wheels and subtle black stripes. This colorway definitely calls those radical ’80s rockets to mind.

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a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: The 2021 Yamaha XSR700 keeps its familiar MT-07 underpinnings and retro style, set off with a new Radical White/Rapid Red paint scheme for the new year. © Provided by Motorcyclist The 2021 Yamaha XSR700 keeps its familiar MT-07 underpinnings and retro style, set off with a new Radical White/Rapid Red paint scheme for the new year.

Mechanically, the bikes are much the same as they were in 2020. The XSR900 soldiers on with the 847cc version of the crossplane triple, which is being replaced in the MT-09 for 2021 with an 890cc mill. The XSR700 is still rocking the 689cc parallel twin from its MT-07 stablemate.

a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Both the 2021 XSR700 and 2021 XSR900 will be available at dealers in December, at an MSRP of $8,499 for the XSR700 and $9,499 for the XSR900. © Provided by Motorcyclist Both the 2021 XSR700 and 2021 XSR900 will be available at dealers in December, at an MSRP of $8,499 for the XSR700 and $9,499 for the XSR900.

Neither bike is just a pretty face, as they each come with a raft of electronic gadgetry to keep hooliganism from turning bleak. The XSR700 carries ABS brakes bolted to lightweight aluminum rims and model-specific details like the single-piece saddle and teardrop mirrors.

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a person riding a motorcycle down a street in front of a brick building: The 2021 Yamaha XSR700 rides on a 41mm conventional fork and preload-adjustable rear shock. © Provided by Motorcyclist The 2021 Yamaha XSR700 rides on a 41mm conventional fork and preload-adjustable rear shock.

Those who opt for the 2021 Yamaha XSR900 will get adjustable suspension, ABS brakes, and an assist-and-slipper clutch. It also rocks a single-piece seat bearing the XSR900 logo, teardrop mirrors, and a retro front fender.

a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: The 2021 Yamaha XSR700 keeps its familiar MT-07 underpinnings and retro style, set off with a new Radical White/Rapid Red paint scheme for the new year. © Yamaha The 2021 Yamaha XSR700 keeps its familiar MT-07 underpinnings and retro style, set off with a new Radical White/Rapid Red paint scheme for the new year.

Both models will be in dealerships in December. MSRP for the XSR900 is $9,499, while the XSR700 will set you back $8,499.

a man riding a motorcycle down a dirt road: Both the 2021 XSR700 and 2021 XSR900 will be available at dealers in December, at an MSRP of $8,499 for the XSR700 and $9,499 for the XSR900. © Yamaha Both the 2021 XSR700 and 2021 XSR900 will be available at dealers in December, at an MSRP of $8,499 for the XSR700 and $9,499 for the XSR900.

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a person riding a motorcycle down a street in front of a brick building: The 2021 Yamaha XSR700 rides on a 41mm conventional fork and preload-adjustable rear shock. © Yamaha The 2021 Yamaha XSR700 rides on a 41mm conventional fork and preload-adjustable rear shock.

PRICE $8,499
ENGINE 689cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled parallel twin; 8-valve
BORE x STROKE 80.0mm x 68.6mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 11.5:1
FUEL DELIVERY Fuel injection
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate; cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER 73.8 hp @ 9,000 rpm
CLAIMED TORQUE 50.2 lb.-ft. @ 6,500 rpm
FRAME Aluminum twin-spar
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm fork; 5.1-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Single shock, adjustable preload; 5.1-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Dual 282mm hydraulic discs w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 245mm hydraulic disc w/ ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Die-cast aluminum; 17 x 3.0-in. / 17 x 4.0-in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR Pirelli Phantom Sportcomp; 120/70-ZR17 / 180/55ZR-17
RAKE/TRAIL 25.0°/3.5 in.
WHEELBASE 55.3 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.9 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 3.7 gal.
CLAIMED WET WEIGHT 410 lb.
WARRANTY 1 year, limited
AVAILABLE December
CONTACT yamahamotorsports.com

2021 Yamaha XSR900 Technical Specifications and Price

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PRICE $9,499
ENGINE 847cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder 4-stroke; 12 valves
BORE x STROKE 78.0 x 59.1mm
COMPRESSION RATIO 11.5:1
FUEL DELIVERY Yamaha Fuel Injection w/ YCC-T
CLUTCH Wet, multiplate assist and slipper; cable actuation
TRANSMISSION/FINAL DRIVE 6-speed/chain
CLAIMED HORSEPOWER 115 hp @ 10,000 rpm
CLAIMED TORQUE 65 lb.-ft. @ 8,500 rpm
FRAME Aluminum twin-spar
FRONT SUSPENSION 41mm inverted fork, adjustable for preload and rebound damping; 5.4-in. travel
REAR SUSPENSION Single shock, adjustable for preload and rebound damping; 5.1-in. travel
FRONT BRAKE Dual 298mm hydraulic discs w/ ABS
REAR BRAKE 245mm hydraulic disc w/ ABS
WHEELS, FRONT/REAR Cast aluminum; 17 in. / 17 in.
TIRES, FRONT/REAR 120/70ZR-17 / 180/55ZR-17
RAKE/TRAIL 25.0°/4.1 in.
WHEELBASE 56.7 in.
SEAT HEIGHT 32.7 in.
FUEL CAPACITY 3.7 gal.
CLAIMED WET WEIGHT 430 lb.
WARRANTY 1 year, limited
AVAILABLE December
CONTACT yamahamotorsports.com

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