Scramblers are taking the world by storm and Yamaha has recently revealed their competitor in this segment, the 2017 SCR950, and it will be going up against the likes of BMW’s R NineT scrambler, the Ducati Scrambler and the Triumph Scrambler.
Based off Yamaha’s Bolt C-Spec platform, the SCR950 is packed with a fuel injected, 942 cc SOHC 60-degree air-cooled V-twin engine. Its chassis also remains largely unchanged with the same suspension but in different settings and a new subframe which gives it added rear fender clearance. The telescopic fork and dual piggyback shocks has been revalved and the new settings are unique to the SCR950. Even with the new settings, its suspension travel is still limited to 4.7 inches in the front and 2.8 inches so no extreme off road riding for future owners.
Other changes to make the Bolt more scrambler-like includes a set of 19” front and 17” rear wire spoke wheels with Bridgestone knobby tires, 2-into-1 exhaust pipe tucked between the engine cases and the right footpeg capped with an upswept muffler, a taller and longer flat dual seat, number plate side covers, and taller handlebars.
The SCR950 has a MSRP of $8,699 and that doesn’t include the bevy of accessories that Yamaha will be offering including a number-plate flyscreen, a small windscreen, steel skidplate, beefier footpegs, side bags, etc. If that’s not enough, once the Yamaha Scrambler is out the aftermarket is sure to jump on it and come out with a whole range of parts and accessories.