Most conversations about the Yamaha XSR700 revolve around its aesthetics. Many pundits can’t get along with its looks—but will still admit there’s a damn fine motorcycle hiding underneath it all.
The 689cc inline twin is smooth and punchy, and it’s light on its feet. Plus it responds really well to customization; we were originally raked over the coals for loving the stock bike, but the custom XSR700s we’ve shown have mostly been met with praise.
The owner of this XSR700 is a big fan—but saw the potential for more. So he delivered the retro middleweight to Macco Motors’ workshop in the sunny Spanish city of Málaga, and let proprietors Jose and Tito loose on it.
“When you ask someone about the XSR700,” says Jose, “you only hear two things: love it, or hate it.”
“This owner was one of the ‘love it’ riders, but he bought it with the idea of us customizing it.…