For 2016, Yamaha has hopped onto the red hot scrambler bandwagon. The Japanese motorcycle maker has expanded its highly successful Sport Heritage segment with the arrival of new SCR950. The stylish and purposeful looking classically styled machine gets a V-twin heart and captures the timeless spirit of the iconic street scrambler.
Scrambler, as a motorcycle segment is getting increasingly hot for bikemakers. The 60’s motorcycle style representing a simple, stylish and rugged motorcycle is all the rage right now. Yamaha has tried to time travel and epitomized the free and easy spirit of that influential decade with the new SCR950.
The SCR950 gets a high-torque air-cooled V-twin engine that’s fitted into a tubular steel chassis. Featuring wide, braced handlebars, aluminium rims and spoked wheels – as well as heavy-duty tyres and front fork boots – the new Yamaha SCR950 blends vintage cool with contemporary design and technology.
The seat is high set with a flat profile for ample space for movement. The larger 17-inch rear wheel allows for a higher riding position and increased ground clearance.
The wide handlebars feature a welded crossbar to underline the scrambler theme. The teardrop style fuel tank stands true to the classic heritage and with a capacity of 13.2 litres it gives a useful riding range.
The SCR950 is fitted with spoked wheels featuring aluminium rims which is pretty much a must for any scrambler. With their aggressive block pattern, the heavy-duty Bridgestone tyres are built to handle the street and the dirt.
The SCR950 gets an all black finish, compact 60-degree air-cooled V-twin engine with strong torque, aimed to make the bike fun to ride in a variety of situations. Equipped with lightweight forged pistons as, the compact powerplant delivers 79.5 Nm of torque at just 3,000 rpm. This gives the SCR950 the ability to accelerate strongly in every gear from low rpm.
Just like the original 1960s street scramblers, the SCR950 gets a black-painted steel double cradle frame meant to underline the bike’s authentic heritage and rugged good looks. The subframe is designed to accommodate the higher dual seat featuring a flat profile. The seat allows for a wide range of riding positions to suit everything from urban cruising through to fast highway blasting and weekend back roads riding.
Wrap-around 2-into-1 exhaust with upswept muffler
The SCR950’s exhaust system features a 2-into-1 header pipe arrangement that flows into a short, upswept muffler that accentuates the bike’s scrambler image. Fitted with a small heatshield and end cap, the muffler gives off a gutsy, low pitched exhaust note. The bike’s 3-way catalytic converter also clears EU4 emissions standards.
The SCR950 gets 41mm front forks with 135mm of travel. The suspension also features durable rubber boots to keep dirt and dust out. The bike gets twin rear shocks at the back with piggyback reservoirs. The rear suspension gets 110mm of travel and has been optimized for smooth operation and stable rear wheel movement.
Other notable features on this high torque urban scrambler include 298mm wave style front and rear discs, as well as a circular LCD speedometer with a smoked lens. For added practicality the SCR950 is equipped with a storage compartment under the new flat dual seat. While the price of the new motorcycle has not been announced yet, it would be available in Vivid Red and Yamaha Black colours, and should go on sale by February 2017.
The salient features of the SCR950 have been listed below, followed by the official video and image gallery
- Fashionable new V-twin urban scrambler
- Developed using our ‘Faster Sons’ philosophy
- Timeless style with Japanese reliability
- High and flat seat to achieve an active riding position
- Metal parts to reinforce the authentic character
- Modern technology with quality craftsmanship
- Pulsating and characterful V-twin power delivery
- Genuine heritage with contemporary design
- Designed to be customized
- Air-cooled 942cc 60-degree V-twin engine
- Class-leading torque output: 79.5Nm (8.1 kg-m) @ 3,000rpm
- 5-speed transmission with quiet, low-maintenance belt drive
- Slim and flat low-profile dual seat with increased 830mm seat height
- Spoked 19-inch front wheel and 17-inch rear wheel
- 145mm ground clearance
- Wide scrambler-style steel handlebars with cross brace
- Aluminium rims
- Bridgestone heavy-duty TW101 100/90-19 front tyre and TW152 140/80-17 rear tyre
- 298mm floating front wave disc, 298mm rear wave disc
- Steel front and rear fenders
- Black coloured engine and components
- Flangeless 13.2-litre fuel tank with bold colour scheme
- Vintage number plate style sidepanels
- Circular LED tail lamp
- Circular LCD speedometer with smoked lens
- Aluminium footrests
- Twin rear reservoir-type shocks with model specific settings
- Smooth-action 41mm front forks with rubber boots
- 135mm front suspension travel, 110mm rear suspension travel
- 2-1 exhaust with upslanted muffler