New ‘Brilliant Red’ XSR700 – New ‘Racing Red’ XSR900
Yamaha’s XSR700 and XSR900 to boast new colours in 2018

Find our Yamaha XSR700 (LAMS) Review here (link) and our XSR900 Review here (link)


Inspired by some of the most memorable and iconic models from their past, Yamaha’s Sport Heritage range is proving to be a major success with those riders who appreciate the formula that blends timeless style, a special character and sophisticated engine and chassis technology.

2018 will see the XSR700 and XSR900 available with red colour options - The XSR700 pictured here in 'Brilliant Red'
2018 will see the XSR700 and XSR900 available in red – The XSR700 pictured here in ‘Brilliant Red’

By harnessing the retro appeal of Yamaha models from a previous generation – and at the same time creating contemporary high-tech motorcycles that deliver linear torque with agile handling – Yamaha are offering their customers a great way to discover the true essence of motorcycling.

Due to its strong success around the globe, the XSR700 will be launched in the USA in 2018
Due to its strong success around the globe, the XSR700 will be launched in the USA in 2018, with the availability date of the new colour option in Australia yet to be announced

Called it the ‘Faster Sons’ philosophy, this refreshing approach to motorcycle design has attracted riders of all ages and backgrounds to the Sport Heritage line, and the latest European sales figures show just how many riders have been inspired by the XSR700 and XSR900.

The XSR900 will be available in 'Racing Red'
The XSR900 will be available in ‘Racing Red’

Between 2015 and 2017 over 11,000 riders became proud owners of a new XSR700, making it one of the most successful models in its category. With its outstanding linear torque, agile handling, attractive looks and remarkable economy and value, the XSR700 is the definitive mid sized naked retro.

Its remarkable success within Europe has created massive interest among the press and public around the world, particular in the USA, and for 2018 the XSR700 will be launched in the United States – where it looks like it’s going to be one of Yamaha’s best selling models.

Like the XSR700 the larger capacity triple-cylinder XSR900 has seen great success
Like the XSR700 the larger capacity triple-cylinder XSR900 has seen great success, as a more relaxed retro themed option, sporting the MT-09 triple and plenty of performance

Introduced in 2016 – one year after its smaller brother – the XSR900 has also enjoyed considerable success. In just two years this three-cylinder Sport Heritage bike has sold over 7500 units in Europe, and has been widely praised for its special combination of strong linear torque, sporty handling and timeless good looks.

The XSR900 has also been a major success in the USA, where it has won over a new generation of riders who are looking for authentic retro design together with thrilling performance and cutting edge electronics such as TCS, YCC-T and D-MODE.

Technology on the XSR900 includes TCS, YCC-T and D-MODE
Technology on the XSR900 includes TCS, YCC-T and D-MODE

For 2018 the best selling XSR700 acknowledges its roots with a bold new colour scheme that pays tribute to the iconic XS650 – the bike that started Yamaha’s four-stroke revolution, and one of the most important and iconic models in Yamaha’s history.

Introduced back in 1968 – before many of today’s XSR700 riders were born – the XS650 has huge significance as Yamaha’s first four-stroke motorcycle. With its advanced 654cc SOHC parallel twin design, class-leading reliability and high power output, the XS650 gained a loyal following in Europe and the USA – and there are still many dedicated XS owners clubs in existence today.

The new XSR700 colour scheme pays tribute to the iconic XS650, which built a strong cult following
The new XSR700 colour scheme pays tribute to the iconic XS650, which built a strong cult following

Marketed variously as the XS650, XS1, XS2 and XS650 Special during its 17-year production run, it established Yamaha as a major brand in the 4-stroke sector – at a time when the company was predominantly seen a 2-stroke manufacturer.

As well as its immense popularity with street riders, the XS650 also made a great impression in the racing world. The XS650 engine powered Kenny Roberts to the 1973 AMA Grand National Dirt Track Championship in the USA – and it was also the dominant force in Sidecarcross, winning four consecutive World Championships between 1980 and 1984.

Yamaha XSR700 2018 - 'Brilliant Red'

New Brilliant Red XSR700

In 2018 the XSR700 will be available in a new Brilliant Red colour option that pays homage to the 1972 XS2, with arrival for the Australian market to be announced.

Just like the original XS650 model, the XSR700 features a parallel twin engine that delivers strong linear torque for outstanding riding enjoyment. Some 46 years after Yamaha first used this this evocative colour scheme, the Brilliant Red XSR700 recaptures the true spirit of our original parallel twin 4-stroke. An excellent example of our Faster Sons philosophy in action!

Yamaha XSR900 2018 - 'Racing Red'

New Racing Red XSR900

The XSR900 will be available with a new Racing Red colour option that’s reminiscent of the colour scheme used on the original XS850 back in the 1980s, with an arrival date to be announced for the Australian market.

XSR Genuine Accessories

Inspired by the Yard Built motorcycles that Yamaha has created in cooperation with world famous motorcycle customizers over the last few years, Yamaha has developed a range of high quality Sport Heritage Genuine Accessories for the XSR700 and XSR900, enabling every customer to build their very own Yamaha Yard Built motorcycle.

The extensive line up features many performance parts including high and low level Akrapovič exhaust systems, as well as Öhlins rear shocks and fork springs for enhanced handling. XSR owners looking for the ultimate in riding comfort can choose from a selection of seats and screens, and a range of stylistic bolt on accessories such as seat cowls and billet covers are also available.

A huge range of accessories will also be available for both XSR models
A huge range of accessories will also be available for both XSR models

There’s a diverse selection of soft luggage that looks great and increases the XSR’s carrying capacity – and the Genuine Accessories line up also includes many lightweight billet components and other items that are designed to enhance the style of these charismatic Sport Heritage models.

Using the My Garage app, XSR owners and potential customers can create their dream bike online with our easy to use 3D configurator. Just click and customise, and see what works best for you!

The 2018 Yamaha XSR900 in Racing Red
The 2018 Yamaha XSR900 in Racing Red

Yamaha have also developed a range of cool casual wear designed for XSR owners. Legendary bike builder Roland Sands is responsible for the design of many of these shirts, jackets and caps.

The range also includes open face helmet with a cool retro look, as well as riding jackets, gloves and more. Available in a wide range of sizes, male and female.

Yamaha's XSR700 in Brilliant Red
Yamaha’s 2018 XSR700 in Brilliant Red – The XSR700 features a liquid-cooled 689cc in-line two-cylinder four-stroke version overseas, with a 655cc LAMS compliant version available in Australia
2018 XSR700 Overview
  • New Brilliant Red version with Matt Silver front and rear fenders
  • Built for optimum riding enjoyment
  • Vintage inspired headlight and rear light unit
  • Two-texture leather vintage style seat unit
  • Pirelli Phantom tyres with authentic tread pattern
  • Outstanding fuel efficiency
  • Aluminium fuel tank unit
  • Liquid-cooled 689cc inline 2-cylinder 4-stroke
  • Mass-forward design with sculpted bodywork
  • Crossplane philosophy design with 270-degree crank
  • Deep and powerful linear torque output
  • Dual 282mm front discs with 4-pot calipers
The XSR900 features the liquid-cooled, 850cc, in-line 3-cylinder, 4-stroke
The XSR900 features the liquid-cooled, 850cc, in-line 3-cylinder, 4-stroke
2018 XSR900 Overview
  • New Racing Red colour option
  • Liquid-cooled, 850cc, in-line 3-cylinder, 4-stroke
  • Aluminium fuel tank covers
  • Traction Control System
  • Assist & Slipper Clutch
  • Vintage inspired headlight and rear light
  • Crossplane Concept engine design
  • Lightweight frame with aluminium parts
  • Adjustable front and rear suspension
  • Retro cool, powerful sports heritage
  • Stitched two-level seat
  • Powerful torque, incredible acceleration
  • Easy to customise
Yamaha XSR900
The Yamaha XSR900 in Garage Metal
Yamaha Sport Heritage 2018 Colours  – XSR900
  • NEW: Racing Red
  • Garage Metal
  • Midnight Black
Yamaha XSR900
The Yamaha XSR900 is currently available in Rock Slate pictured, and Garage Metal colours
Yamaha Sport Heritage 2018 Colours  – XSR700
  • NEW: Brilliant Red
  • Garage Metal
  • Tech Black

Overall the XSR700 proved a thoroughly enjoyable to ride with a feisty personality
The XSR700 has been available in Forest Green and Garage Metal

Yamaha XSR700
Yamaha XSR700 – Forest Green, Garage Metal

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