Yamaha’s XSR700 gets retro-fitted
Not too long ago, Yamaha Motor Australia turned its delightful XSR900 into a replica RD special with some after-market side covers and vinyl wrap.
Now it’s the XSR700’s turn, with Yamaha Motor Australia turning this great mid-sized delight into an XT600 Tenere replica.
Rather than wrapping the bodywork this time, Yamaha opted to get the panels painted for a longerlasting finish. The cost is apparently about the same ($1000) with the painting being done by MotoTech at Smithfield, NSW.
But rather than stop just at some nice paint, Yamaha wanted the XSR700 to look as much like an old XT600 Tenere as possible. This meant getting the wheels painted gold, putting the genuine accessory Akrapovic high pipe on it as well as the genuine accessory flat seat, dusting off an old chrome motocross handlebar from one of the tech guys’ garage and, of course, throwing a set of knobbies on it.
If you’re looking for an oldschool handlebar today, eBay, Gumtree or a motorcycle wrecker will be your friend.
The first XT600Z Tenere was released in 1983.
It was considered an all-purpose enduro machine (nicknamed by some the Desert Raider) and featured disc brakes, a torquey fourvalve engine, monoshock and contemporary 12-volt electrics — much like the XSR700.
To get your hands on an original one nowadays would be like rubbing your hands together with 24carat gold dust.
Hopping onto the XSR700, the riding position felt a little weird with the handlebar up rather high, but after a couple of kilometres it was a lot of fun and rather easy to manoeuvre. The attention this thing got whenever I stopped was simply mind-blowing.
Anyone and everyone wanted a piece of this retro glamour.
The possibilities are nearly endless with what can easily be done to either the XSR700 or the XSR900.
Get your old-school theme design in your mind, get it painted (or wrapped) and add some personal touches like the chrome handlebar on this “XT700” and watch the amount of conversation you drum up.
Yamaha has also decided to continue the retro theme with another version for the XSR900, making the one you see here (in the background) into a replica RD LC in the extremely popular yellow with the Yamaha Speed Block design.
Again, the company has fitted after-market side covers and used MotoTech for the paint.
Your local Yamaha dealer is Albany Motorcycles 9842 2914.
The XSR700: as retro as you get.