2015 Yamaha XV950 Racer - FIRST LOOK

This Sport Classic Yamaha, very similar to our Star Bolt C-Spec model, is only for Europe. Would you like to see it sold in the US?

2015 Yamaha XV950 Racer static group

Yamaha Europe says its line of Sport Classic models is "Inspired by the past, built for the future." And this description most certainly applies to this latest Sport Classic model: the Yamaha XV950 Racer, which is a starker variation on the solid XV950 custom model inspired by a number of so called "yard-built" specials created by shops in Europe. With regard to this particular Yamaha, a special custom bike called "El Raton Asesino," crafted by German specialist Marcus Walz, was the most influential.

2015 Yamaha XV950 Racer studio 3/4 view

To underline its sportier intentions, the Yamaha XV950 Racer features clip-ons, a headlight eyebrow, a racy looking solo seat, and an Akrapovic matte-black two-into-one exhaust manifold and muffler, plus gas-charged rear shocks, rearset pegs, number plates and a daisy-style front disc brake. Matt-black paint is liberally applied to the engine and most other mechanical components for an extra-tough look.

2015 Yamaha XV950 Racer static view

This Yamaha "retro-racer" is based on the mild but torquey 60-degree 942cc V-twin Americans see in the Star Bolt. In standard XV950 state of tune, the air-cooled SOHC powerplant produces a claimed 52 horsepower at 5,500 rpm. Bobber and custom kits are available from Yamaha for additional customization. The bobber kit has a slim solo seat with exposed springs and a brass air filter cover. The custom kit has a mini top fairing, plus a set of leather bags.

So, what do you think: Would this new Yamaha XV950 Racer be a hit in the US?

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