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YAMAHA XSR700 (2015-on) Review

Published: 17 January 2020

Updated: 17 January 2020

One of the most fun, engaging and affordable bikes on the market

Yamaha XSR 700 static side profile

One of the most fun, engaging and affordable bikes on the market

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

The XSR700 is essentially a cosmetic job.

That’s not a problem because its base bike, the MT-07, is already a fantastic machine. Yamaha’s restyling has simply broadened the bike’s appeal and opened it up to a wider audience, namely those who are growing out their beards and getting into the retro scene. The neo-retro XSR looks refined, it’s classy and handles superbly – and does it all for an extremely attractive price tag. Brilliant.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The XSR is an incredibly easy to handle machine, thanks mainly to its lightweight, smooth engine and predictable throttle response. Not once did the XSR surprise me with anything unexpected. Part of its brilliance is the way it’s rewarding for both newbies and experienced riders alike. Its posh four-piston monobloc brake calipers do a commendable job of stopping in a hurry and, unlike the MT-07, the XSR comes with ABS as standard. The rest of the rolling chassis is the same, using the same basic non-adjustable suspension up front, and preload adjustable rear. Even though the suspension carries a slightly budget feel and is relatively soft, it doesn’t detract from the machine’s impeccable road handling.

Engine 5 out of 5

The MT-07 has been praised for its wide spread of power and easy-to-use torque, and the same credit has to be heaped onto the XSR. The twin’s peak output of 74bhp is more than enough for the switchbacks, while its impressively strong midrange is ideal for processing the mountain turns.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Build quality is equally good as the standard MT-07, and there were no relaibility issues with the MT-07 during its first year on the market

Insurance, running costs & value 4 out of 5

The new XSR700 is priced at £6249, £500 more than the ABS-equipped MT-07. Even at that price it’s still excellent value for money. The price tag is competitive and £1000 cheaper than its main rival, the Ducati Scrambler. The question is whether or not customers think the bike is £500 cooler than the MT. With an array of optional extras, an easily modifiable base bike, sweet finishing touches like logos on the seat, tank and casings, an all-day comfy riding position and an incredibly engaging motor – it’s certainly close. 

Equipment 4 out of 5

Unlike the standard MT-07, ABS comes as standard on the XSR. Other than that the XSR is a pretty basic machine, in keeping with the retro style of the bike

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2015
Year discontinued -
New price £6,249
Used price £5,500 to £9,000
Warranty term -
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £91
Annual service cost £170
Max power 74 bhp
Max torque 50 ft-lb
Top speed -
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range -
Engine size 689cc
Engine type liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8v parallel twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 815mm
Bike weight 186kg
Front suspension -
Rear suspension -
Front brake -
Rear brake -
Front tyre size -
Rear tyre size -

History & Versions

Model history

2015: Model introduced

Other versions

Owners' Reviews

3 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA XSR700 (2015-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your YAMAHA XSR700 (2015-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.7 out of 5
Engine 4.7 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.7 out of 5
Equipment 4.3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Great comeback bike

24 January 2018 by Old Dave

First bike for 30 years. Perfect for me. Love the look even if comments a bit marmite. Tried a street twin, looks great but heavy and slow for 2k more!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Just loving the ride. Wind blast an issue over 85 but that helps keep the licence. I'm captain slow but it's way more capable than expected. Perfect if returning to bikeing. Easy to ride and faster than litre bikes of 20 years ago.
5 out of 5
The best bit. Review's all said it was good and they are right. If you don't think 700 is enough try one. On a public road perfect.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Only 6 months old but no problems so far. Only ridden once in the rain but no sign of rust. Feels well screwed together.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
First service steep at 190. Had to take it to a dealer other than the one i bought it at. Long story. Think they would have been cheaper if I'd bought from them.
4 out of 5
Needs a rizoma rear brake cylinder (cosmetic) and heated grips. Otherwise has everything you need rather than everything you want. Looks are personal, obviously I love it.
Buying experience

Great deal. Haggle hard. Saved enough to pay for all the gear and some.

5 out of 5


08 September 2016 by Birdy

Love this bike and would recommend to anyone who wants a fun bike at a reasonable price.

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Handling is great, light weight helps, but so chuckable. Only let down by poor rear shock that can get a bit overworked amking it a bit bouncy at times.
5 out of 5
Brilliant!! I must be the only one who likes the sound of the twin, nice and torquie and easily fast enough when revved.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Very economical, even when thrashed, would imagine easy high 60's if you rode gently (unlikely to happen)
5 out of 5
It's got everything you need in a small display and for a bike like this and at this price.
Buying experience

Dealer bought, Keys Motorcycles Worthing, had to pay retail £6349.00

5 out of 5

Is it retro? Debateable to some. Is is it great? Absolutely

05 August 2016 by Crispy

For what it costs, looks and performs; it's a fantastic bike that always puts a smile on my face and I always want to be riding.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
The XSR700 is a nice upright, relaxed riding position that makes for really good commuting and takes away the wrist stain that my old SV game me. The wide and higher bars and great balance and low weight really help me navigate traffic and filtering. On the twisty roads, it's nimble and quick to turn allowing some spirited riding to put a smile on your face. I don't feel quite engaged with the bike/road as much as I did with the SV, almost more relaxed (I think this is largely down to the softer suspension), but I think that adds to the charm of the bike and I certainly don't think I'm any slower than on the SV. Brakes are good and stop confidently. ABS has kicked in a little more than I would expect it to on very few occasions but this hasn't brought me any concern and I feel I can rely on the brakes more if I needed to.
4 out of 5
The MT07 based 700cc twin has been well reviewed and loved and I can see why. It is superb, smooth and has bags of torque at a really usable rev band. The bike a joy to use in and around town and also a great blast down the twisty country B roads. Only thing that holds back the 5th star is the standard exhaust note which takes away some character a little, however this can be resolved with aftermarket items, although they are few and expensive (at the time of writing)
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
I've only done 600 miles but not had any problems with it to date. Seems and feels well built and have nothing to grumble about so far. Gear changes seem a little smoother after it's first service.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
A brand new bike with great retro looks (in my opinion) but modern day usability and performance, can commute everyday with ease whilst can hold it's own on a twisty road, brings a smile to your face when your on it and costs less than £7000. I can see why the base vehicle won bike of the year and is so well reviewed. I've only completed 600 miles so far (just carried out the the first service) which cost £150. Tyres tread looks cool but may not be the best cost/performace tyre available. Cost £10-£13 to fill up, I got 140 miles on my usual commute (light town / mainly B roads) to a tank and the dash says I get 58 MPG, much better than the 120miles / £13-£15 fill up that the SV650 did.
4 out of 5
Come with ABS as standard and the cool digital dash gives good information. Speed, Gears, Rev and fuel are the constant information wilst odometer, trip A/B, instant MPG, avg. MPG, coolant temp, ambient air temp and clock are all cycle-able. I would rather the clock was and maybe the water temp was part of the constant information but the 'retro - design' dash doesn't have the real-estate space for this. There are no riding modes or traction control, which I would have liked, but for the cost of the bike I can't really complain (and probably wouldn't need or use that much) I wasn't offered standard fitment heated grips, however I have heard rumours that these are available. there are optional extra's to customise the bike your way but these seemed expensive and more looks based than functional. I didn't see them, but the pannier bag, tank bag or 'tool' bag didn't seem like I could put a lot in them.
Buying experience

Bought brand new form a dealer. It was advertised at £6536 but I added a screen and crash bungs so I ended up paying £6800 after a few of the 'other costs' were added

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  • Yamaha XSR 700 static side profile
  • Yamaha XSR 700 tracking shot front riding
  • Yamaha XSR 700 side cornering riding shot
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