On the Road with the 2017 Yamaha SCR950: Review

Nov 3, 2016 by Cedric (Driver Weekly)

The 2017 Yamaha SCR950 is exactly the kind of motorcycle new riders are looking for—with vintage scrambler styling and modern specifications. This brand-new motorbike is based on the Bolt but completely changes its personality to appeal to a different type of buyer while sharing similar core components. No longer just a café racer, you can take the SCR950 off the road.

Engine Specifications


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Just looking at the specifications for the engine on paper, you are unlikely to realize just how fun it is to drive the 2017 SCR950. You get the familiar 942cc air-cooled twin engine from the Bolt with some additions. Just like other engines from this manufacturer, the cylinders are plated in ceramic composite with twin-bore fuel injection and roller rockers that actuate four valves for every cylinder. You get a very satisfying mill, particularly when driving on dirt roads. When you are on this type of terrain, you will be able to truly appreciate the SCR950’s throttle response, clean fueling, and spread of power. When you are driving on the road, you will still enjoy yourself, but you won’t be putting this motorcycle to the test as much. That being said, you can quickly downshift to pass a vehicle or perform other on-road maneuvers.

Suspension and Chassis


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The chassis in the SCR950 was created to give you a competent performance around town and light overall handling. Even so, Yamaha managed to design a motorcycle that does well off the highway, as well. However, you won’t necessarily rival top sporting bikes since the price means you don’t get a sportier suspension. The suspension is basic with a non-adjustable 41-millimeter (1.6 inches) fork and 4.7 inches of travel. The preload adjustable shocks give 2.8 inches’ worth of motion. This means that you should get a good ride quality while on the road. With proper handling, you can also have a very fun and enjoyable experience on gravel or dirt roads; you just need to keep a modest pace. This is a suspension that rewards light and precise maneuvers.

Riding Position and Style


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Those who have taken the 2017 SCR950 for a spin appreciate its riding position. The off-road-style handlebar is tall and made of steel. When paired with the mid-mount foot controls, you get a neutral, comfortable riding position. The handlebar is at the perfect height for standing up when you go off-road or sitting down while driving. However, you may find the placement of the right-side air-filter housing to be annoying, as it can get in the way of your inner knee at times. Overall, the 2017 Yamaha SCR950 is an excellent version of the classic scrambler. Steel fenders, tank, and number plates create a customizable and authentic feel that you will appreciate, particularly if you don’t want to spend too much on your next motorcycle. An entry-level scrambler, the Yamaha SCR950 doesn’t stint on style or power.

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