Posted: 03 Jul 2013
Yamaha has today announced the creation of a new segment in its motorcycle range 'Sport Heritage' which is led by a brand new model, the XV950/R and will also feature the VMAX, XJR1300 and (potentially) the newly re-introduced SR400. According to the manufacturer, the XV950 and XV950R performance bobbers are inspired by the custom models of the ‘70s and ‘80s, with styling that is heavily influenced by Yamaha’s strong heritage and traditional values.
For a number of years, Yamaha owners have been customising their own bikes to suit their individual tastes and personalities and the manufacturer has used some of the iconic machines of the past as inspiration for the new XV950 and XV950R. However, by blending the latest technology such as ABS (R version only), advanced 3D fuel-injection mapping and LED lights with already established iconic flat line styling, these new models should inspire riders who are looking for custom styling as well as modern technology.
Yamaha has taken the proven engine from the popular XVS950A and developed it further for the XV950 models. 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 on the open road. 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.
In order to achieve the compact styling of the XV950 models, Yamaha has completely revised the motor’s intake system and air cleaner. Designed for outstanding efficiency and to contribute to the pure look of the bike, the new compact air cleaner is located on the right side of the motor. Despite having a 15% smaller 2.3 litre capacity when compared to the XVS950S air cleaner, flow analysis and road test evaluations have demonstrated this new style of air cleaner gives the XV950 motor improved torque characteristics.
Using the classic bobber style of a slim and stripped down look as a basis, the XV950 models create a unique and modern 'neo Japanese' design. Yamaha’s unique flat line style and use of exposed metal components accentuates the bike’s simplicity while the V-twin motor gives a compact heart to the motorcycle.
To assist riders in adding their own personal touches to their XV950 or XV950R, Yamaha has developed a full range of genuine accessories. Whether it's transforming their bike into a ‘performance bobber’ with an Akrapovic slip-on exhaust, mini-fairing, stiletto seat, stainless steel brake lines and a performance air cleaner cover or creating a ‘vintage bobber’ with spoke wheels, springer seat and fork cover, the decision is up to the individual.
The suggested RRP for the XV950R is £7,499, while the RRP of the XV950 is £7,199. Both models are available in September.