Details and Pics of Yamaha's 2018 Sport Heritage and Cruiser Models

If riders catch a whiff of ‘new motorcycle smell’ in the air, it’s probably from the latest Sport Heritage and Cruiser motorcycle models from Yamaha, just a few of their 2018 models.

Headlining the introductions was an announcement for the addition of the new XSR700 to the iconic Sport Heritage model lineup. Featuring a compact 689cc inline twin cylinder engine with a ‘Crossplane Concept’ 270 degree crankshaft, a sporty chassis for nimble handling along with powerful ABS brakes, the XSR700 promises modern function and performance with styling inspiration from Yamaha’s rich heritage.

The new XSR700 is joined by the legendary classic SR400, celebrating a 40th anniversary as part of Yamaha’s “SR” motorcycle series, the neo-retro XSR900 and sinister-looking Matte Raven Black VMAX to complete Yamaha’s Sport Heritage motorcycle lineup for 2018.

Motorcycles and inspiration ride side by side, and a term used by Yamaha for this particular segment of models is ‘Faster Sons’. Descended from the heritage of motorcycling’s past, today’s ‘Faster Sons’ represent both the motorcycles and the riders who respect iconic Yamaha designs while continuing to push performance forward.

‘The spirit of the “Faster Sons” philosophy is embodied by Yamaha’s Sport Heritage motorcycles, where styles of the past combine with the technology of today to create real character that does not compromise on riding ability’, notes Yamaha.

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2018 XSR700

The new XSR700 is the latest model to take its place in the Sport Heritage lineup as a casual, retro-styled street bike. Paying tribute to the iconic Yamaha XS650, a pure masterpiece of Yamaha simplistic design that still inspires today, the XSR700 delivers the perfect mix of timeless style, modern technology and emotional riding experience.

The authentic feeling of the XSR700 is derived from several key features, including a stitched two-level seat and an old-school style round headlight and fastening stay. Exposed and painted aluminum components, retro-influenced bodywork and simple front and rear fenders also remain true to vintage character. Customization potential abounds as well, thanks in part to removable aluminum tank panels and a removable rear sub-frame.

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Drawing from the ‘Faster Sons’ design philosophy, the XSR700 delivers modern performance courtesy of the compact 2-cylinder engine with a ‘Crossplane Concept’ 270 degree crankshaft that provides unique power characteristics with outstanding torque and a direct throttle-to-rear-wheel connection feeling. Add to that a six-speed transmission, modern suspension components tuned to provide a balance of comfort and control ideal for the street, lightweight aluminum wheels and powerful ABS brakes, and the XSR’s contemporary abilities become evident.

Both new and experienced riders will appreciate the modern LCD instrumentation, comfortably upright seating position, low 410-pound wet weight and up to 58mpg fuel economy when dicing through urban traffic or hustling down a twisty road.

The 2018 XSR700 will be available in both Matte Gray/Aluminum and Raspberry Metallic, and will arrive at Yamaha dealerships beginning in October with a MSRP of $8,499.

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2018 XSR900

Big brother to the new XSR700, the XSR900 returns to the Sport Heritage lineup for 2018. Classic heritage styling cues such as exposed aluminum details, retro bodywork, a stepped seat and custom lighting combine for true vintage character.

Evoking the ‘Faster Sons’ design philosophy, the XSR900 is powered by a thrilling 847cc in-line three-cylinder crossplane-crankshaft concept engine, complete with the technology of a Traction Control System (TCS) and an Assist & Slipper (A&S) clutch. An aluminum frame combined with suspension components tuned for the street contribute to nimble handling, ensuring that the XSR900 lives up to modern performance expectations.

For 2018, the XSR900 will be available in Rapid Red with a suggested retail price of $9,499. It will arrive at Yamaha dealerships beginning in December.

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2018 VMAX

The distinctive powerhouse of Yamaha’s Sport Heritage motorcycle lineup is the forever cool VMAX. With its iconic 1,679cc V4 engine matched to a lightweight chassis, and easy-to-live-with shaft drive, the VMAX is as raucous and relevant today as it was when the previous generation design was first introduced more than three decades ago.

For 2018, the VMAX is available in a sinister Matte Raven Black paint scheme for a suggested retail price of $17,999. It will be available in dealerships beginning in October.

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2018 Bolt / Bolt R-Spec

Featuring raw bobber design, a powerful 942cc 60 degree V-Twin engine, low-maintenance belt final drive, a low 27.2 inch seat height and precise handling, the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec continue to combine tough urban style with modern performance. Spoke wheels with aluminum rims give the Bolt timeless style, while a pair of external-reservoir rear shocks and 12-spoke cast alloy wheels add to the strength and toughness of the Bolt R-Spec.

The 2018 Bolt will be available in Raven with a MSRP of $7,999, and begin arriving at Yamaha dealerships in September. The Bolt R-Spec will be available in both Armor Gray and Impact Blue, and will begin arriving at dealers in September with a MSRP of $8,399.

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2018 SR400

Celebrating 40 years of life as part of Yamaha’s “SR” motorcycle series, the SR400 returns for 2018 with its retro 1970s styling and kick-start, 399cc air-cooled engine. Modern niceties such as fuel injection and contemporary brakes make it one of the best-performing single-cylinder street bikes available. Add plenty of opportunity for personalization, and the SR400 is a great starting point for custom motorcycle builders.

Wrapping up this look at the latest models from Yamaha is where many riders actually begin their journey on two wheels, at the smaller engine motorcycles or more affordable bikes.

The 2018 SR400 is available in Galaxy Blue with a suggested retail price of $5,999, and Yamaha dealerships will begin receiving it in November.

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Yamaha’s 2018 Cruiser lineup is represented by the return of the Bolt and Bolt R-Spec, two urban performance bobbers that offer modern technology and major customization potential, along with the beginner-friendly V Star 250 that was introduced in June.

This is only a quick overview with more details coming to the pages of Clutch and Chrome of not only the models included in this article but models in the Supersport and Hyper Naked segments, which will be introduced in early November 2017.

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