Before, during, and after, only one thing matters: how does it make you feel? Tech specs can never do a motorcycle justice. The ride is the product.
How I felt about the 2017 Yamaha SCR950 before was erased during. And how I felt after can be wrapped up in a word: hooked. This is the story of a changed mind.
Before, I felt the obvious: the SCR950 doesn’t look like the scrambler of my dreams. That one has high pipes. It’s less visually dense all the way around. And its parts would be all tucked into a minimalist display that makes you want to go find a mountainside.
So the first thing I’d want to do as an SCR950 owner is lighten it up, in both weight and looks—remove the air box, then swap out the 2-into–1 pipe, indicators, and anything else I could come up with.…