2017 Yamaha Scrambler Buyer’s Guide

The 2017 Yamaha SCR950 shares the same powerplant and basic chassis as the Yamaha Star Bolt, but by using different wheels, handlebars, seat, exhaust and rear subframe, the Bolt is turned into what Yamaha claims is a legitimate dirt-worthy scrambler.

Disappointingly, the Yamaha SCR950’s suspension is unchanged from the Yamaha Star Bolt C-Spec, and we would like to see more than 2.8 inches of travel from the piggyback reservoir shocks if we’re going to go off-road, but we’ll reserve final judgment until we ride the bike.

2017 Yamaha SCR950 dirt

The ergonomics are sound, with high bars and the mid-placed foot controls. The seat has plenty of room to move around, and is helpfully flat. Even if it is limited in the dirt, the 2017 Yamaha SCR950 should be a capable machine on the deteriorated pavement you’ll see on back roads and in the urban jungle.

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2017 Yamaha SCR950 Scrambler Specs:

ENGINE

  • Motor: SOHC 4 vpc V-twin
  • Bore x stroke: 85 x 83mm
  • Displacement: 942cc (58 ci)
  • Compression ratio: 9.0:1
  • Cooling: Air
  • Fuel delivery: Fuel injection
  • Ignition: Transistor Controlled Ignition
  • Transmission: 5-speed, multiplate wet clutch
  • Final drive: Belt

CHASSIS

  • Front suspension: Telescopic forks; 4.7 inches of travel
  • Rear suspension: Dual piggyback shocks; 2.8 inches of travel
  • Front and rear brakes: 298mm wave-type disc
  • Front tire: 100/90-19
  • Rear tire: 150/80-16

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES

  • L x W x H: 88.6 x 35.2 x 45.9 inches
  • Seat height: 32.7 inches
  • Rake: 28.4 degrees
  • Wheelbase: 62.0 inches
  • Ground clearance: 5.1 inches
  • Fuel capacity: 3.2 gallons
  • EPA estimated fuel economy: 51 mpg
  • Wet weight: 547 pounds
  • Warranty: 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)

2017 Yamaha SCR950 Colors:

  • Charcoal Silver
  • Rapid Red

2017 Yamaha SCR950 Price:

  • $8690 MSRP

Yamaha Announces It’s Brand New 2017 Lineup

Yamaha Motor Corp., USA, announces its 2017 line of ATVs and Side-by-Side (SxS) vehicles, adding all-new models, features, options and special editions to its expanding line of industry leading motorsports products. Leading the 2017 announcement are Yamaha’s new YXZ1000R SS (Sport Shift) and an all-new YFZ50 youth model.

NEW YAMAHA “Son of Time” Revealed

Based on a stock XV950, this latest bike in Yamaha’s Yard Built series comes from Amsterdam custom bike shop Numbnut Motorcycles but has also been done in collaboration with Dutch watchmakers TW Steel, and is called “Son of Time”.

Yamaha Yard Built 'Son of Time' revealed

Dutch custom builders Nozem built the exhaust to add the right snarling soundtrack whilst Dymag carbon wheels save weight in the pursuit of speed. Brakes to match the performance sees Brembo monoblock calipers, Brembo 320mm floating discs and a Brembo RCS19 master brake cylinder added to the build.

Yamaha Yard Built 'Son of Time' revealed

“Son of Time” also gets a huge suspension upgrade from K-Tech using their fully adjustable front fork and rear shock for total control. Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa tyres are a rare custom bike addition as are a Dynojet Power Commander and Dynojet Quickshifter – both present to make the most of delivering the XV950’s power.

New 2017 Yamaha SCR 950

Yamaha has realigned its streetbike categories and created what it calls its Sport Heritage line, consisting of the new-for-2016 XSR900, SR400, VMAX, and now this new 2017 SCR950. Take one part DT250 and the Bolt’s 942cc twin, then jam it all into a scrambler chassis, and you get this cool-looking retro-styled machine.

2017 Yamaha SCR950 on-road action

The Yamaha SCR950 can do it all, road, urban, or off highway.

The air-cooled, 60-degree twin features fuel injection and four valves per cylinder, then exhales through a 2-into-1 exhaust. Designed for low-end torque, the engine has been tuned to offer broad power whether you are cruising around town or exploring gravel roads off the beaten path. Power is sent to the rear wheel via a belt final drive.

The riding position is all scrambler with an upright steel off-road style handlebar, long flat seat that sits over a vintage-enduro-style fender, while the side number plates conceal a hidden storage area. Mid-mount foot controls are in the same position as on the Bolt C-Spec.

The SCR950 will be available in two colors: Charcoal Silver and Rapid Red. The 2017 SCR950 will have a suggested retail price of $8,699 and will be available in Yamaha dealerships beginning in July.

2017 Yamaha SCR950

Preview of the 2016 Yamaha Motorcycle Lineup

We’ve tirelessly scoured the Yamaha press info to find out what you should care about (so you don’t have to do much reading).

Ultimately, the most news from Yamaha comes from their off-road bikes and a new R1 to the Supersport fleet. We skimmed over the rest of the 2016 models.

Supersport

The big news for the 2016 YZF-R1 is that the motorcycle will be offered in three different color schemes: Matte Gray, Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, and limited-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black. The Matte Gray and Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver models will retail for $16,490, and the limited-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black R1 is priced at $16,990.

One of Yamaha’s perennially best-selling Supersport models, the middleweight YZF-R6, is back for 2016. Like the 2016 R1, it will also be offered in three different color schemes: Matte Gray, Team Yamaha Blue/Matte Silver, and limited-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black.

There are some improvements this year on the Yamaha motocross 2016 line up, which include the all-new YZ450F and the WR450F, along with upgrades to the YYZ250FX and YZ250F. All models feature fuel injection and electric starts.

The YZ450FX shares the YZ450F’s rearward-slanted-cylinder design, with a reversed cylinder head and forward-positioned, straight intake. The YZ450FX is tuned specifically for cross-country racing. In addition, the bike features cross-country-specific suspension tuning, a wide-ratio five-speed transmission, enduro-specific multi-plate clutch, and an electric starter and main-switch-free electrical system to help reduce rider fatigue and provide easier race-start launches.

Yamaha Sport Models

Anyway, new for the Sport models are the FZ6R and SR400.

Even though there’s nothing new in this category of bike, it may not be a bad thing because the FZ6R and SR400 are both respectable motorcycles in their own right. The SR400 is a throw-back that looks good, and handles better than a restored bike, and the FZ6R is Yamaha’s great entry-level 600 sport bike.

The FZ6R still has the great 600cc engine, low seat height of 30.9 inches and adjustable handlebars. And luckily the price hasn’t changed: $7,790.

Thankfully the SR400 has no price change either, but it does have a new color Onyx.

Adventure and Supersport Touring

Yamaha also announced the return of the Super Ténéré ES and Super Ténéré Adventure Touring motorcycles, as well as the FJ-09 Supersport Touring motorcycle, for 2016.

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The Super Ténéré will be available in two colors: Raven and a special-edition 60th Anniversary Yellow/Black.

Star Cruisers – A Bunch of Colors

Yamaha already rolled out the 2016 Bolt and Bolt R-Spec earlier this year. The company announced the balance of its 2016 Star cruiser model lineup. It’s mostly color options and MSRP changes— no new models or any major technical changes to the Star lineup.

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The Stryker and Stryker Bullet Cowl return for 2016 with brand-new color schemes. The Stryker will be available in Galaxy Blue , and the Stryker Bullet Cowl will be available in Matte Gray.
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The Bolt C-Spec, a café-style version of the bobber-style Bolt, returns for 2016 with a new Desert Bronze color scheme.
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The 2016 V Star 1300 Deluxe is offered in Charcoal Silver. It’s a V-twin bagger with a fairing, integrated dash, audio system with GPS, and locking hard bags.
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The V Star 1300 Tourer, with its V-twin engine, low seat, hard bags, backrest, and windshield, returns for 2016 in Raspberry Metallic. New this year is the addition of an easily removable windshield and backrest designed to let the rider quickly change the look and feel of this classic Star cruiser.
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At the entry level, the V Star 250 is a compact cruiser with a 27-inch seat height and a V-twin engine. It is offered in electric white.

2016 YAMAHA YXZ1000R

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A quick walk around the vehicle shows quality components and well thought out design features everywhere. Massive FOX 2.5 Podium Shocks with 16” of travel in front and 17” in the rear come standard on the YXZ. The shocks offer compression, rebound and preload adjust-ability and utilize FOX Bottom Out Cup technology adding additional support at the limits of shock travel. Yamaha obviously took the styling cues directly from their line of sport ATV’s and used them on the YXZ design.

Before jumping in to take a spin we familiarized ourselves with the YXZ’s cockpit surroundings. We were impressed with the color matched doors with inset handles and automotive type latch. The high back bucket seats are very comfortable and the drivers side offers full adjust-ability through a latch mechanism under the front of the seat. A nice passenger grab bar provides a nice secure handle for co-dogs. An air intake is mounted centrally up high between the seats and provides the big triple abundant clean air through it’s dual element air filter system. Once seated in the cockpit, you really get the feel of being down low in a sport car. The YXZ provides ample leg room and a really stout feeling adjustable steering wheel. Right up on top of the steering column is a digital-analog multifunction meter featuring a speedometer, tachometer, programmable shift light, with digital readouts for 4WD mode, gear position, fuel level, trip meters, hour meter, coolant temperature warning and a clock. On the center of the dash is an empty storage tray we anticipate will eventually house switches or a GPS for many YXZ owners and to the right of that is a locking glove box. On the doghouse you’ll see two knobs, one that control’s the 2WD, 4WD, and 4WD with full locking differential mode and the other the vehicle lights. A hand operated auto style parking brake and that glorious transmission shift lever finish things off.