The clip-on handlebars are
equipped with compact new switchgear and clutch/front brake levers that
reinforce the sport-oriented feel, and the front brake's master cylinder has
also been reduced in size. The fitment of a black coloured aluminium plate on
the handlebar crown highlights the bike’s racer-looks - and the classic-looking
single instrument pod is centrally positioned above the headlamp.
To complement the compact and
sporty look of the frontal area around the new clip-on handlebars, the XV950
Racer features newly positioned flashers that are mounted on the lower triple
As well as the use of
exclusive new clip-on handlebars, the XV950 Racer also features newly developed
rear-set footrests that are 150mm further to the rear and 29mm higher than
those fitted to the XV950/R. The Racer's slim new single seat is 75mm higher than
the XV950/R models, and the new ergonomics help to centralize the rider/machine
mass for sports handling performance together with improved cornering and high
levels of riding comfort.
The slim new single seat is
fitted with a compact and lightweight cover that blends beautifully with the
steel rear fender. Together with the clip-on handlebars and rear-set footrests,
this gracefully curved cover enhances the bike's café racer styling.
The XV950 Racer comes equipped
with a mini café racer cowling that, together with the single round headlight
and clip-on handlebars, perfectly captures the spirit of the original café
Another feature that marks
this machine out as an original are the aluminium side number plates. Featuring
three 'weight reduction' style holes, these plates - together with the cowl and
seat cover - underline the bike's café racer soul and emphasise the metallic
rawness that makes this air-cooled V-twin so desirable.
The front and rear suspension
systems on the XV950 Racer have been developed to match the sporty character of
the machine, and the 41mm forks offer 144mm travel, 9mm more than on the
XV950/R models. Classically styled fork boots are fitted to the new
black-coloured forks, reinforcing the bike's timeless good looks that are
designed to appeal to riders who appreciate attention to detail.
The twin rear piggyback gas
shocks have also been developed to suit the new Racer model, and give 116mm of
rear wheel travel, 6mm greater than the XV950/R. These changes enable the rider
to enjoy the bike's strong engine and chassis performance while also
maintaining the high levels of comfort associated with all of Yamaha's Sport
For a balanced and sporty
look, the air-cooled V-twin engine is equipped with a new V-bank cover.
Manufactured from resin and featuring circular holes that match those on the
aluminium sideplates and exhaust system, this cover is mounted on the engine's
left side in the same position as the right side mounted air cleaner.