With nearly every manufacturer looking to capitalise on the growing trend of retro off-road bikes and desperate to hark back to their own legendary offerings, Yamaha have now jumped firmly onto the scrambler band wagon.
Calling on their rich off-road heritage that saw ground-breaking bikes like the XT500 rule the roost back in the 1970s, they have launched a re-modelled and re-packaged XSR700 called and called it the XTribute in homage to the silver-tanked 1981 XT500.
There’s no question that the XTribute is a great ride. With a nimble chassis, punchy motor and good fuelling it’s a bike that certainly puts a smile on your face the moment you swing your leg over it. It’s a bike that is as equally happy making good progress along your favourite twisty road or cruising down to the local bike café for soya latte.
It’s comfortable thanks to its higher seat and feels purposeful as do its wide of-road focussed handlebars. And if it’s distinctive looks you want the XTribute is certainly something a little different, but whether the different paint scheme and small ergonomic and styling changes are worth an extra 10% on the price is rather questionable.