The Yamaha XV950 and XV950R are ushering in a new era Sport Heritage Yamaha motorcycles. Inspired by the past but built for the future, the new Yamaha XV950 and XV950R motorcycles are the firsts of a new range of Yamaha products that merges the latest technology with established looks, aimed at inspiring riders looking to the essence of motorcycling.
The Yamaha XV950 and XV950R models -- both coming in neo retro Japanese looks -- are powered by a 58-cubic-inch (942cc) air-cooled V-twin engine encased in a steel double cradle frame. The compact and stylish XV950 models are designed to let their riders experience the joy of riding a distinctly styled custom bike with the feeling and rhythm only air-cooled V-twin engine can provide.
Featuring a low seat height, the XV950 motorcycles are developed to provide both a cultured and nimble ride while still bearing timeless character and soul critical to owning such mobile machines. Yamaha’s flat line style and use of exposed metal components highlight the motorcycles' simplicity, while its V-twin motor allows the bike to return a credible and reliable performance.
The stripped-back XV950 model is ideal for riders who prefer a lot of customizations while the sporty looking XV950R boasts of sporting ability through its twin ‘piggy back’ shock absorbers and a buckskin-look seat cover. Pricing starts at £7499 for the XV950R and at £7199 for the XV950 plus road fund and first reg. fees.
"The air-cooled 60-degree V-twin engine produces 80 Nm of torque at 3,000 rpm thanks to its four-valve per cylinder SOHC design with a compact pentroof combustion chamber, making it ideal for urban use as well as spirited performance outside of the city’s limits. With a capacity of 58-cubic-inches (942cc) the V-twin motor’s cylinders have ceramic composite plating while the piston is constructed from forged aluminium for optimum reliability as well as performance. To aid urban use and provide smoother engagement, a new rubber damper is incorporated within the clutch mechanism, helping to reduce rider fatigue during frequent use." said the press release.