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.