2020 Yamaha XSR700 and XSR900 Models First Look

Sport Heritage models return to complete the 2020 streetbike category.

2020 Yamaha XSR700

2020 Yamaha XSR700

The popular XSR700 rejoins the Yamaha Sport Heritage series for 2020, completing that range’s lineup for this year.Courtesy Yamaha Motor Co.

Yamaha has already dished out the news for much of its 2020 street lineup in the US market, but it saved the marquee models of the Sport Heritage lineup for last. (At least we think so: there may be more to come post-EICMA). Announced for the category back in September were the VMAX, Bolt, and Bolt R-Spec "urban" cruisers, and now the XSR700 and 900 models are officially joining their classically-clad brethren to complete the 2020 Sport Heritage series.

2020 Yamaha XSR900 Side View

2020 Yamaha XSR900 Side View

With its crossplane 847cc inline triple-cylinder engine package framed by neo-retro styling, the XSR900 hits the sweet spot of performance and classic aesthetics. It gets the same new color scheme for 2020 as the XSR700.Courtesy Yamaha Motor Co.

If you didn’t know, the popular XSR700 twin and XSR900 triple are probably the best exemplars of what Yamaha calls its “Faster Sons design philosophy,” a concept that in marketing-speak, “fuses iconic style with modern technology to create enjoyable and exciting motorcycles that recall the past while featuring the performance of today.”

2020 Yamaha XSR700 Side View

2020 Yamaha XSR700 Side View

The XSR700 borrows from Yamaha’s classic “XS” bikes, with exposed aluminum details, retrofied bodywork and classically-styled headlight all serving as subtle nods to the past. The crossplane concept 689cc inline twin though, is all about today’s performance expectations.Courtesy Yamaha Motor Co.

2020 XSR700 Overview

Although it's powered by the impressive crossplane concept 689cc inline-twin engine, the smaller XSR700 gets the bulk of its influences from Yamaha's classic "XS" vintage motorcycles, bringing exposed aluminum details, a decidedly classic tank silhouette, stepped seat, and a classically styled headlight and taillight to reference the iconic look of yesterday. But the propulsion is strictly modern, with a sporty chassis and modern suspension bracketing the pair of high-revving cylinders, with a 270-degree crank laying down a linear torque response. Robust brakes with ABS, 10-spoke cast-aluminum wheels, and LCD instrumentation round out the goods. So what's new for 2020? Um, only the brighter Radical White/Rapid Red paint scheme and a different color for the wheels. Good news is the MSRP remains $8,499. It'll hit dealers in February 2020.

2020 Yamaha XSR900

2020 Yamaha XSR900

Biggest news for the XSR900 is the new color scheme—which is exactly the same as the XSR700’s.Courtesy Yamaha Motor Co.

2020 XSR900 Overview

The XSR900 backs up its more imposing presence with the more powerful crossplane crankshaft concept 847cc inline triple-cylinder engine but it also wraps it in cool neo retro style. The 990's got a few more trick cosmetic details up its sleeve, with the single-piece seat pitched forward more aggressively than the 700's, and bearing a stitched "XSR900" logo. The compact radiator is flanked by exposed aluminum covers which pair well with the aluminum headlight ears and front fender stays.

Alas, we get no performance revisions for 2020; the narrow aluminum frame still carries a 41mm semi-adjustable inverted fork, 298mm dual discs with ABS, an assist-and-slipper clutch, and electronic rider aids that include traction control and D-Mode selectable throttle response.

The 900 also gets the very same colorway as the XSR700 for 2020—Radical White/Rapid Red. You can see the 2020 XSR900 at dealerships in November for an unchanged MSRP of $9,499.

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