Yamaha redesigned the MT-07, its middleweight naked sportbike, in 2021 with some much-needed cosmetic changes. The new MT-07 has been completely revamped, with an LED headlight and distinctive Dark Side of Japan style. This happened after Yamaha unveiled the all-new MT-09, which has a brand-new chassis and a more powerful 890cc three-cylinder engine.
Yamaha finally unveiled the new XSR900 late last year. It now has the same upgraded engine and aluminum chassis as the MT-09. However, due to its '80s-inspired design accentuated by a boxy tail section, its style has gotten mixed reviews. Following in the footsteps of Yamaha's flagship retro-modern roadster, the XSR700 has just received minor cosmetic modifications. The XSR700 has been upgraded for the 2022 model year, and is popular in the local market, especially among retro aficionados looking for a performance-oriented machine. Let's look at it more closely.
The same 689cc crossplane parallel-twin engine that powers the MT-07 powers the 2022 Yamaha XSR700. It has a power output of roughly 73 hp, making it one of the more powerful bikes in the 650 to 700cc class. After all, it does live up to its title of Master of Torque. The engine breathes through a revised Euro 5-compliant exhaust system starting in 2022, which features an upgraded catalyitic converter. Style-wise, the bike gets new colorways, an updated LCD instrument pod, and a premium round LED headlight. Aside from that, it's the same as its predecessor.
All that being said, those of you in the market for a new retro-styled motorcycle with a focus on performance will definitely enjoy the XSR700. Now available in the local market, it retails for P519,000, a whole P30,000 more expensive than the previous generation. It does, however, bring with it the refinements and updates mentioned above. Interestingly, it’s even more expensive than bikes that pack more of a punch such as the Honda CB650R and the new Kawasaki Z900. Maybe it isn’t all about outright performance and premium specs, after all. Do you think the new XSR700 is deserving of its premium price tag?