First riding impressions: new 2017 Yamaha SCR950

By Marc Potter
marcpotter Tested every new bike since 1994, loves anything on two wheels, runs Potski Media, ex-BikeSocial boss. Recently discovered elbow-down riding - likely to end in tears.
Yamaha SCR950, new for 2017

Yamaha is famous for some of the coolest and most historic street scramblers in history. Bikes like the Yamaha XT250 and of course the daddy of them all - and surely one of the most iconic bikes in motorcycling full stop – the Yamaha XT500.

Now, forward to 2017 and Yamaha’s new SCR950 – a bike inspired by the street scramblers of the 1960s, and what Yamaha claim is a new kind of motorcycle for ‘good vibes and cool style.’ Relatively low power, laid back Scrambler style bikes like Ducati’s own Scrambler range, and Triumph’s Street Scrambler are big business right now.

The new Yamaha SCR950 features a 942cc V-twin motor putting out 53.5bhp and a steel tubular chassis with good old-fashioned twin shocks at the back.

It’s somewhere between a cruiser and a scrambler when you see it in the metal.

BikeSocial’s Marc Potter has already been out on the bike this morning, and after a few miles in the seat, he called in with this: 

"Think of the SCR950 as more of a cruiser with slightly jacked up suspension and straight MX style handlebars, rather than a full-on Scrambler and you won't be disappointed.

First impressions are that it's a fun bike that takes a slightly different route to being a Scrambler then rivals like the Ducati Desert Sled and Triumph Street Scrambler. We just took it off-road too to prove that it can take on gentle gravelly trails."

More later. 

SCR950 Technical Specifications: 

Engine type

4-stroke, air-cooled, 4-valves, SOHC, V-type 2-cylinder



Bore x stroke

85.0 mm x 83.0 mm

Compression ratio

9.0 : 1

Maximum power

40 kW/54.3PS/53.5bhp @ 5,500 rpm

Maximum torque

79.5 Nm/8.1 kg-m/ @ 3,000 rpm

Lubrication system

Wet sump

Clutch type

Wet, Multiple Disc

Fuel system

Fuel Injection

Ignition system


Starter system


Transmission system

Constant Mesh, 5-speed

Final transmission


Fuel consumption

5 l/100km

CO2 emission

115 g/km



double cradle

Front suspension system

Telescopic forks, Ø 41 mm

Front travel

135 mm

Caster angle



130 mm

Rear suspension system


Rear travel

110 mm

Front brake

Hydraulic single disc, Ø 298 mm

Rear brake

Hydraulic single disc, Ø 298 mm

Front tyre

100/90-19M/C 57H

Rear tyre

140/80R17M/C 69H


Overall length

2,255 mm

Overall width

895 mm

Overall height

1,170 mm

Seat height

830 mm

Wheel base

1,575 mm

Minimum ground clearance

145 mm

Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank)

252 kg

Fuel tank capacity

13 litres

Oil tank capacity

4.3 litres


EU4 compliant


BikeSocial on the Yamaha SCR950 launch
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