Yamaha introduces the 2017 SCR950

It's a stylish looker, but the Yamaha SCR950 is a very heavy bike, due to its cruiser roots.

Yamaha just released the SCR950, and it’s coming to Canada.

A close look reveals that the new SCR950 is another variation of the Bolt, but done up in scrambler duds. It shares the Bolt’s air-cooled, 60-degree V-twin, and its frame, but in there’s a new subframe, and at the  rear is a 17-inch wheel as opposed to the Bolt’s 16-incher.

Among the scrambler touches you’ll find a wide handlebar, long, flat seat, vintage-style faux number plates, and fork gaiters. Available colours include red or dark blueish-grey, with retro graphics that hark back to the Yamaha dirt bikes of the 1970s.

The retail price is $10,199. You can find out more at yamaha-motor.ca.


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  1. Looking at the comments here – some yes, some no. Good! No one bike is for everybody. That’s why there are so many diff models available.

  2. Ah the wonders of the Internet! The bike hasn’t even been released yet. No one has actually seen one in the flesh let alone ridden one. All the “experts” are weighing in!!! Not enough travel, belt drive, too heavy.
    Yamaha already makes the bike your comparing this one with . It’s called the Wr250!!!
    Oh I forgot the Wr’s seat height is too high and it doesn’t make 100 hp and cost $1000.00

  3. As an ex owner of an original TR1, which I compared with the XV750 before purchasing, I can tell you that a smaller motor might be ideal in some situations, but for true effortless performance on the open road, a 1 litre V-Twin is what you want. This is a road bike, the off road hints are bogus, but fit with the portrayed period look. This is the Bolt I have been waiting for, not a seat level with the back wheel, suitable only for midgets or dwarves. This one could be ridden a while without cramping due to the riding position. Keep it on the road, dirt roads at the most, otherwise get used to seeing it on it’s side or upside down. But this is a real, proper bike built for regular, taller people. A breath of fresh air.

  4. Sorry Yamaha, but this does nothing for me. When I think scrambler I was thinking more like the high pipe designs you see with Triumph or Motor Guzzi.
    What about a version of something along the lines of Harleys XR 750? Might that be a good use of the Bolt chassis and engine?

    • Probably a requirement of the belt final drive. The belt must be under tension, unlike a chain. Also, belts do not like gravel.

    • The SR400 will not be coming to Canada. Yamaha Canada has told me a couple times that they can’t bring it in at a competitive price (see its $5,990 USD price tag in the States). They would sell some even at that price, but not enough to justify the cost of importation.

      • The beauty of the SR400 is that it is actually retro having been around for ~20 years. It would sell as I see all kinds of bearded men with plaid shirts and 7/8 pants riding around in their open face helmets and goggles in Toronto on 1970s Hondas.

        • Trouble is, part of the reason those guys are on the Hondas is because they are semi cheap. An SR400, new, is not. I wish it was. I wanted one the moment I saw they were bringing them back to North America.

          • It sure would be a shame to take a new SR400 remove the fenders, wrap the exhaust headers and rattle can spray paint the tank. I do not want it for that because as an old guy I want spoked rims, a kickstarter, air cooling and analog gauges just like my first bike back in 1974, a Honda CB350, and I honestly would pay $7500 for that.


  5. Shit man, I can.’t wait for math class so I can show this to Howard. He’ll freak. I can mow a few more lawns and bug dad for some money. When I pull into the school parking lot on this rocket, the girl from home room has got to notice me! Then we can ride out to the lake this weekend and…..”SIR, your blt is ready.” Ah where did the years go.

  6. And this will be marketed to what demographic ? It looks like someone in there backyard shed took an old Virago and grafted on an 80’s dirt bike front end and shocks. Tank is way too high and no doubt it’s way too heavy. Muffler alone must weigh 20 lbs.

  7. I like it – like it a lot but….. 2.8 inches of rear suspension travel is the dealbreaker. You’d really get beat up on most Canadian roads.

    • Don’t judge a book by its cover! They are biggyback shocks and not your run of the mill low cost shocks that most Harley Sportster’s use.

      • Wouldn’t matter if they were top of the line Ohlins. My $450 mountain bike’s fork has more travel (100mm!) than the rear suspension of this bike.

  8. Bring back the bike of kings. Stratoliner and roadliner. A 1300 cc cruizer as ur flagship is a joke. Happy i got my strat. Tho next bike will be first in decades not a yami.

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