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Blake Conner from Cycle World recently had a chance to take the SCR950 for a spin and he calls it “an all-’rounder that is as diverse as it is fun.”

On paper, the Bolt-based scrambler may not look as fun as it really is on and off the road; a 942cc air-cooled twin engine with parts borrowed from other Yamaha models. It won’t exactly make you cling to the bike from a dead stop but, its broad spread of power and throttle response will make riding along dirt roads and corners a fun experience.

Off the dirt roads, it’ll happily chug along without much fanfare. If you’re looking for a bike to tear away from those white lines, then this isn’t the bike for you. With a chassis designed for city performance, the SCR950 will make city riding enjoyable especially with its rider ergonomics. Your body will be in a comfortable and neutral riding position thanks to the mid-mounted foot controls and tall off-road style handlebar. One of his main complaints about the SCR950’s ergonomics is the air-filter housing that kept making contact with his right knee and he has the bruise to prove it.

For the more adventurous riders, the handlebar’s height makes standing on the pegs both comfortable and easy. Just be aware that the 41mm fork with 4.7 inches of travel cannot be adjusted and the preload adjustable shocks will only give you 2.8 inches of travel. This is adequate for paved roads even if the combination of a firm saddle and limited rear travel does make for a harsh ride on sparsely maintained roads. But, one must be careful to not bottom out while riding off road.

Overall, the affordable SCR950 has that scrambler style and it is just all-around fun to ride.
 

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His type of off road riding is too adventurous for me, I'll be the type so ride around on dirt roads at low speeds but it's good to known that the scr950 will be able to perform well in both scenarios.
 

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“an all-’rounder that is as diverse as it is fun.”
^ that was obvious, it's why most of us even gravitate towards scrambler style bikes to begin with, even just looking at one and sitting on them at shows you can get a sense of this.

what will be more interesting is how these perform in daily city riding since that's where we'll find most of these.
 

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Standing up on the pegs may be easy but it's by no means comfortable. The limited rear suspension bottoms hard after large bumps or jumps and even when you stand up to help absorb some of that impact the bumps still feels awkward since the footpegs are spaced unusually wide. Wish Yamaha worked on the suspension a bit more before releasing the scrambler.
 

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Those shocks needs to be replaced because any bump could potentially make the bike bottom out. Stick on a nice set of knobbies on top of that and it'll be off road ready.
 
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