Blast from the past

Yamaha’s XSR700 gets XTribute makeover

MCN - - THIS WEEK -

Hark­ing back to the 1981 XT500 trail bike, the new XTribute is an XSR700-based re­work­ing of the 80s do-it-all. While it’s a long way from be­ing a true de­scen­dant (the new Ténéré 700 is much closer), the new retro does at least boast some con­ces­sions to get­ting the wheels dirty. The rider gets a nice fat ta­pered han­dle­bar, as well as chunky off-road style foot­pegs. The 10-spoke cast wheels also get Pirelli MT60RS rub­ber (120/70 R17 front and 180/505 R17 rear), and the fork gets old-school rub­ber gaiters and fork caps. And if you want the full scram­bler look, there’s also a black high-level Akrapovic ex­haust as an of­fi­cial ac­ces­sory, which does trans­form the look of the bike.

Ok so it’s not quite an XT but it’s def­i­nitely strik­ing

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