The 2014 Yamaha XV950 and XV950R, for those who've always wanted a retro-styled custom bobber with LED rear lights and an LCD speedometer...
Yamaha have unveiled their new “custom bobber” duo, the 2014 XV950R and XV950, both of which get styling inspired by Yamaha bikes of the 1980s and a 942cc air-cooled fuel-injected 8-valve V-twin that produces 80Nm of torque at 3,000rpm. “Compact and stylish, with a low seat height, the XV950 models deliver a refined and agile ride. Yamaha’s unique flat line style and use of exposed metal components accentuates the bike’s pure simplicity while the V-twin motor provides both spirited performance and unquestioned reliability,” claims a press release from Yamaha. “Stripped back and stylish, the XV950 model provides a perfect entry into the world of customisation while the XV950R injects a further element of sporting ability with twin ‘piggy back’ shock absorbers, a buckskin-look seat cover and the use of a painted stripe along the fuel tank,” it adds.
While the Yamaha XV950 and XV950R certainly look a few decades old, they do get a few modern bits – LED rear lamp, anti-lock brakes, ceramic composite plating inside the cylinder, forged aluminium pistons, new 3D maps for the ignition timing and fuel-injection, LCD instrument panel and a 2-into-1 exhaust system that fully noise and emissions norms compliant. With its double-cradle steel frame, 41mm forks, adjustable twin rear shocks, 298mm brake discs (both front and rear), 19-inch (front) and 16-inch (rear) wheels, and a newly designed belt-drive system that uses a carbonfibre core for improved rigidity, the XV950 is an interesting mix of the old and the new. Also, a range of accessories being offered by Yamaha – Akrapovic slip-on exhaust, mini-fairing, stiletto seat, stainless steel brake lines, performance air cleaner cover, wire-spoke wheels, and springer seat and fork cover etc – will probably ensure that XV950 buyers will be able to customize their machines the way they want.
Colours available for the 2014 Yamaha XV950 and XV950R include matt grey, camo green, white and black. In the UK, suggested retail price for the XV950R is £7499 and for the XV950 is £7199.