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Yamaha XSR-700 Born Tomorrow

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databyter
Lol, I just posted a thread about this, after checking the front page to see if anybody else had. Guess I missed it. No time was wasted eliminating my dupe thread either :) 
I guess a search would have been a better way to see if this had been discussed, but I have been browsing around for weeks and never saw hide nor hair of this. I just caught the article in Revzilla tonight and assumed it was brand new.
 
I think it's kind of neat but prefer the FJ-09 or better yet, an FJ-07 concept to put some sport touring on the platform.
 
But this will fill a nice niche for folks that want the nice engine and light frame but want a more retro look.
 
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databyter
Aw man. If this came out last year and I had a choice I would have chosen this look. But I love my bike and I'm not going to go through the hasslehoff trading my bike for it.
Maybe some of the parts can be purchased and mounted to our frame, after all, the frames are supposed to be basically the same. Maybe they are using existing mounting locations for the retro parts.
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pH
Can't wait to see one with scrambler tires....
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ratlab
i'd cafe it-with a triumph thruxton seat cowl and fly screen-maybe the bolt c seat.high pipe and tubeless spoked wheels,like alpinas.it would be so much better than a thruxton or bonneville,120 lbs lighter,good brakes and handling.sweet!!!

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DewMan

Found a link to this in my inbox:

 

 

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YZEtc

I never would have guessed the XSR700 is supposed to pay homage to the XS650 without reading the press blurb or seeing the blurb video.

To me, it's just another marketing exercise of having a "new" model with minimal R & D meant to promote the retro niche, complete with riding gear that's supposed to replicate what was supposedly worn back in 1972.

Funny thing to me is that I wore goofy gear like that and rode old, obsolete bikes that nobody wanted once they became outdated.

I don't see the attraction to the styling.

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bornagainbiker
1 hour ago, YZEtc said:

I never would have guessed the XSR700 is supposed to pay homage to the XS650 without reading the press blurb or seeing the blurb video.

To me, it's just another marketing exercise of having a "new" model with minimal R & D meant to promote the retro niche, complete with riding gear that's supposed to replicate what was supposedly worn back in 1972.

Funny thing to me is that I wore goofy gear like that and rode old, obsolete bikes that nobody wanted once they became outdated.

I don't see the attraction to the styling.

It certainly doesn't resemble the classic look of the old XS650--not even close IMHO.

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r1limited
2 hours ago, bornagainbiker said:

It certainly doesn't resemble the classic look of the old XS650--not even close IMHO.

Why Mr XSR700, I knew SX650 and your NO SX650

 

 

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Beemer

Sometimes old school, air cooled just looks better. It may run better but high tech isn't everything.

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VertigoTX

To be candid, I'm tired of the usage of the term "retro".  I don't care for it, and have a natural irritation to anytime the term is used.  Why do we continue to hold onto labels?  Are we, as a society, really that narrow minded?

 

Anyways, rant aside...  I love the look of the bike.  I don't care what it does or doesn't resemble.  I like that it's has a simple, traditional and somewhat conservative appearance.  I don't tend to like things that are fancy or attract attention.  Does that mean I'm therefore a fan of "retro"?  Don't know, and don't care.  Call it what you want, but I think it's pretty cool in it's understated appearance.  

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pattonme

http://motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/Custom Bikes/Yamaha_XS650_and_XSR700.htm

 

I agree they're torturing the English language for the sake of appealing to 50+ year olds... Thing is, do "old geezers" really care about reliving the experience from 40 years ago? Is that really the customer demographic?

 

https://rideapart.com/articles/like-father-like-son-two-new-yamaha-yardbuilts-revealed

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DewMan
2 hours ago, pattonme said:

http://motorcyclespecs.co.za/model/Custom Bikes/Yamaha_XS650_and_XSR700.htm

 

I agree they're torturing the English language for the sake of appealing to 50+ year olds... Thing is, do "old geezers" really care about reliving the experience from 40 years ago? Is that really the customer demographic?

 

https://rideapart.com/articles/like-father-like-son-two-new-yamaha-yardbuilts-revealed

I'm of the 50+ demographic and I don't want a bike with 30-40 yrs old tech & styling... I rode them and I prefer todays lighter, relatively better handling and braking bikes. As far as styling I'd prefer a more modern styling like say the ummm FZ-07 😁 that has more comfortable than race bike ergos.

 

I'm wondering it the retro styling is for the younger guys who want to pretend they lived way back then?

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robbo10

This old geezer wants the latest designs. The MT-07 is a perfect example for me. The modern glut of electronics I can do without, though.

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