Yamaha XV950 Racer breaks cover

Yamaha XV950CR

Yamaha has revealed the new XV950 Racer, the latest addition to the Japanese manufacturer’s Sport Heritage range.

The XV950 is a café-racer styled single seater that comes with all the fixtures and fittings you’d expect of a retro design.

At the front is the classic, single headlight, while the main body of the bike has a minimalist look inspired by café-racers of the past and the ‘El Ratón Asesino’ Yard Built special, designed by Marcus Walz.

It’s a compact, sporty looking bike and that’s evident in the forged aluminium clip-on handlebars that are positioned further forward than the standard XV950/R model.

At the same time, the front brake’s master cylinder has been reduced in size while the new switchgear and front levers have all been tweaked to accentuate its dynamic look.

Underneath, the XV950 Racer comes with a 942-cc air-cooled engine, ABS and a new suspension setup for the range, with the front and back forks capable of greater rear wheel travel.

In typical heritage and café-racer style, the XV950 Racer comes with lots of customisable options, meaning there are plenty of options for owners to personalise their bike.

The Yamaha XV950 Racer will arrive in UK dealerships in May and will be available in blue or grey paintjobs.

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