Yamaha's SCR950 - Photos and Details Here!

Riders who thought Yamaha’s XSR900 was its only answer to the current fascination of scrambler-type motorcycles were surprised earlier this month when the Japanese manufacturer released its SCR950.

With this latest model from Yamaha, it appears they are tackling this ongoing two-wheeled trend in its many forms. The XSR900 seems to be aimed directly at BMW Motorrad’s R nineT Scrambler, down to the colors and style while this latest addition is gunning for Triumph and of course, Ducati.

While Triumph has long championed this particular style of retro-rides, it’s fair to say Ducati was the manufacturer to put scramblers on the ‘hot’ list. Indeed, the Italian motorcycle manufacturer marketed its Scrambler with surfboards and other hip past times enjoyed by the twenty-somethings.

To further show Yamaha has squarely aimed the SCR950 at Ducati’s Scrambler, a recently released video introducing the new model, seen below, features an incredibly hip host with his cool beard and yes, the commercial includes a scene with a surfboard.

So what are riders looking at with Yamaha’s SCR950?

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It joins the company’s ‘Sport Heritage’ model lineup, which already includes the VMAX, XSR900, and SR400. If this category is sounding unfamiliar, it came about in a recent model reorganization, bringing these different motorcycles together.

The look of the SCR950 is unmistakable, calling to the past with its low-profile bench seat, retro-racing side number plates, fork boots and bold color accents, leaving Yamaha to note ‘Modern engineering meets timeless scrambler style’.

It features a modern air-cooled V-Twin. The 58-cubic-inch, 942cc engine is an air-cooled SOHC 60° V-twin with four valves per cylinder, a pent-roof-shaped combustion chamber, and 9.0:1 compression ratio. The engine is designed to provide strong power and superior low-end torque, ideal for exploring roads off the beaten track and powering out of tight corners.

The video introduction of the promises more torque than its rival Triumph, again indicating who Yamaha sees as its competition for this motorcycle.

Continuing the industry theme of offering retro models featuring the latest motorcycle technology, Yamaha uses a sophisticated twin bore fuel injection on the SCR to deliver excellent throttle response. 3D maps for ignition timing and fuel injection promise outstanding acceleration in the mid- and low-speed ranges.

Speaking of classic looks meeting the latest technology, a 2-into-1 exhaust pipe layout on the right side of the engine contributes to the lively performance and styling of the machine, with an upswept muffler for improved ground clearance. The minimalist-style exhaust system offers a throaty exhaust note.

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Handling

The SCR950’s open and flexible riding position gives the rider confidence to handle whatever the road presents. The double-cradle frame features sporty geometry with centrally mounted footpegs for nimble, responsive handling. Add to this the front and rear suspension systems are tuned to provide comfort and agility while contributing to the bike’s stylishly low profile.

A double-cradle frame features sporty geometry for nimble, responsive handling in any environment. The engine is mounted to the frame with a rigid mount system that provides excellent feedback to the rider.

The beefy front 41mm fork tubes offer excellent suspension performance across a wide range of surfaces. The twin rear shocks, which include piggyback-style gas chambers, have been tuned to provide great comfort and handling while contributing to the machine’s stylish low profile.

Not only are the front and rear suspension systems are tuned to provide great comfort and handling, they add to the machine’s stylish low profile.

All this leads us to the look of the motorcycle.

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The designers at Yamaha recall scrambler days gone by with the SCR950 featuring wide and tall handlebars, retro-racing number-plate-styled side covers, fork gaiters, and long low-profile seat. The frame and seat of the motorcycle, indeed its overall front profile is lean for a nimble look that reminds riders of the slimmer days of small-engine bikes.

Strong aluminum rims and spoked wheels add to this look and are ready to handle harsh road conditions, while rugged, block-pattern 19-inch front and 17-inch rear tires provide an ideal balance of grip, durability and agile handling.

Underneath the scrambler looks is some sport bike performance with the SCR950 enjoying 298mm front disc brake and 298mm rear disc brake, both using wave rotors. The front brake uses a floating-mount for great heat-distortion resistance, contributing to excellent braking performance.

All this timeless style blends perfectly with modern engineering touches like an LCD speedometer, LED taillight, flangeless fuel tank, and low-maintenance carbon-fiber-core belt final drive.

Finally, steel front and rear fenders are ideal for personalization, including paint and customization, while a flangeless fuel tank design displays Yamaha’s attention to detail and clean design.

The SCR950 will be available in two distinctive colors: Charcoal Silver and Rapid Red. Each color scheme is complemented by racing-inspired red, white, and black graphics with bold, yet tasteful, accent stripes.

The 2017 SCR950 will have a suggested retail price of $8,699 and will be available in Yamaha dealerships beginning in July.

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