Last month, Ducati entered the Indian two-wheeler market with all guns blazing. Among its arsenal of bikes was the quirky Ducati Scrambler. Being the newest bike in Ducati’s line-up, the bike created a lot of buzz during its launch. The bike won the admiration of motorcycle enthusiasts all over the country due to its ultra-retro styling.
Japanese motorcycle giant Yamaha was not going to sit back and watch the Scrambler steal the spotlight. The company has responded with a retro bike of their own, the XSR700. The XSR700 is based on the Yamaha MT-07. The bike revealed in these pictures is the production ready model.
The XSR700 was developed as part of Yamaha’s “Faster Sons” Philosophy. The philosophy aims to show respect to the classic bikes of yesteryear while showing pride in today’s faster bikes. In the promo video, the XSR700 pays tribute to the legendary Yamaha XS650. Yamaha have developed this bike with famous Japanese bike builder Shinya Kimura, known for making bikes that combine retro style and modern technology.
The XSR700 is a stunning bike to look at, with 2 texture leather seats, retro headlights and speedometer. The Bike uses Aluminium in many parts to reduce weight. Powering this piece of art is a 700cc, in-line 2-cylinder engine that uses cross plane technology. The engine is tuned for smooth power delivery.
The XSR700 will hit European markets in November 2015. We hope that the bike makes it to the Indian market by the end of the year. Yamaha has to price the bike competitively to give the Ducati Scrambler a run for its money.