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2022 Yamaha XSR900 | First Look Review

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review
The 2022 Yamaha XSR900 gets a new engine and chassis, a full suite of electronic rider aids, and fresh styling.

Yamaha knows that motorcyclists are not all the same, and one of the major dividing lines when it comes to choosing a motorcycle is styling. Some riders get excited by modern bodywork with sharp, aggressive lines, while others prefer more of a retro look, which the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 has in spades.

A couple of years after Yamaha introduced the 2014 MT-09 (originally called the FZ-09) naked sportbike, it released the XSR900. They shared an engine and chassis, but the XSR900 had throwback styling inspired by Yamaha’s ’70s-era XS750 Triple, with a round headlight, a traditional-looking fuel tank with knee cutouts, and hand-finished aluminum covers.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review
2022 Yamaha XSR900 in Legend Blue

The 2022 Yamaha XSR900 gets the updated 890cc inline-Triple that powers the latest MT-09 and Tracer 9 GT, as well as an all-new chassis, a more advanced electronics package, and a refreshed look drawn from Yamaha’s classic 1980s-era Grand Prix racing machines.

“The new generation XSR900 borrows its high performance CP3 engine, chassis, and electronics directly from Yamaha’s extensively updated 2021 MT-09 Hyper Naked to create the lightest, most agile, most performance-driven motorcycle in its class,” said Derek Brooks, Yamaha Motorcycle Product Line Manager. “But it’s the styling that really sets this new bike apart. As someone who’s very familiar with Yamaha’s racing history, it’s exciting to see the design team’s clear nod to the iconic race designs of our past, while incorporating so much tech and premium detailing. This new XSR really cuts to the heart of why we are passionate about motorcycles.”

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review

Motorcycles in Yamaha’s Sport Heritage lineup, which includes the V Star 250 and Bolt R-spec cruisers as well as the XSR700 (based on the MT-07 platform) and XSR900, are the models that pay homage to the tuning fork company’s seven decades of motorcycle design and engineering history. What Yamaha calls its “Faster Sons” design philosophy blends classic style with modern technology, resulting in neo-retro models that visually embrace elements of the past while delivering today’s performance and reliability.

From the reshaped fuel tank to the boxy tail section, the new XSR900’s styling leaps forward a decade from its predecessor. Premium touches include drilled fork caps, machined headlight stays, a forged brake pedal, hidden passenger pegs, blacked-out levers, darkened brake reservoirs, bar-end mirrors, an embossed aluminum rear underplate, and an aluminum XSR logo. And modern touches include full LED lighting and a new full-color 3.5-inch TFT display.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review
2022 Yamaha XSR900 in Raven

The Legend Blue colorway is a modern take on the classic French Sonauto Yamaha race colors – the striking blue, cyan, and yellow livery campaigned by legendary French Grand Prix champion Christian Sarron, an important page from Yamaha’s rich racing history.

Revised ergonomics give the new XSR900 a more aggressive profile. A lowered head pipe position, a unique subframe with lower seat height, and a lengthened swingarm are said to improve handling and give the rider a greater sense of control.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review

The updated 890cc CP3 engine delivers more power and torque, reduces weight, and revs more freely. The slip/assist clutch has new friction plates and a modified cam angle to reduce load on the clutch springs for a lighter feel at the lever, and an up/down quickshifter is now standard. The Yamaha Chip Controlled Throttle (YCC-T) now uses a YZF-R1-type Accelerator Position Sensor Grip (APSG), which replicates varying degrees of resistance for a traditional throttle feel.

A new compact, lightweight aluminum frame is made using Yamaha’s Controlled Filling (CF) die-cast technology. Featuring ultra-thin 1.7mm sections, the frame is lighter and its balance of longitudinal, lateral, and torsional rigidity is improved. The lower head pipe position also helps load the front for increased feel when cornering.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review

The chassis features a new Brembo radial front master cylinder for better feel at the lever and a new front brake lever eases adjustability and improves style. New adjustable suspension is made by KYB, with a fully adjustable 41mm inverted fork and a preload- and rebound-adjustable rear shock. Like the Tracer 9 GT (which won Rider’s 2021 Motorcycle of the Year award), the XSR900 rolls on 17-inch aluminum wheels made using Yamaha’s exclusive new spinforging process, which reduces unsprung weight, and they’re shod with Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S22 rubber.

A new 6-axis IMU enables an expanded suite of electronic rider aids, including a lean-sensitive Traction Control System, Slide Control System, front wheel Lift Control System, and Brake Control System (aka ABS). Each can be adjusted for different levels of intervention or turned off completely depending on rider preference. Cruise control is also standard.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review

Yamaha engineers carefully considered both intake and exhaust sound in developing the new XSR900, seeking to emphasize and enhance the unique soundtrack of the crossplane Triple. The all-new airbox incorporates differing cross-section and length air ducts tuned so induction noises resonate harmoniously at varying wavelengths. Two functional air intake vents located on either side of the fuel tank further boost the mid- and high-rpm induction sound traveling to the rider for a greater sense of acceleration. Likewise, a new 1.5-chambered exhaust features a left-right symmetrical tailpipe arrangement that directs sound pressure to both sides of the machine, adding to the feel of torque when opening the throttle. The low-slung exhaust design also centralizes mass and is significantly lighter than the previous generation.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 review

The 2022 Yamaha XSR900 will be available in Legend Blue with gold wheels and gold fork tubes or Raven with black wheels and black fork tubes. It arrives in dealerships in April 2022 with an MSRP of $9,999.

2022 Yamaha XSR900 Specs

Base Price: $9,999
Website: yamahamotorsports.com
Engine Type: Liquid-cooled, transverse inline-Triple, DOHC w/ 4 valves per cyl.
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 62.1mm
Displacement: 890cc
Transmission: 6-speed, cable-actuated slip/assist wet clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Wheelbase: 58.9 in.
Rake/Trail: 25 degrees/4.3 in.
Seat Height: 31.9 in.
Wet Weight: 425 lbs. (claimed)
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gals.

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Europe to Receive Yamaha’s 2022 XSR900

Yamaha has just released some new details on 2022 XSR900 – and I’m digging the retro graphics.

With the MT-09 compliant with Euro5 standards as of last year, we knew the XSR900 wouldn’t be too far behind.  After all, the XSR900 is the MT’s sibling…only it sports Oxfords, not Brogues.

The all-new Yamaha 2022 XSR900, set to debut in EU by 2022

The report from MCN states that the XSR900’s now got the now-Euro5-compliant transverse triple engine to push it about (889cc’s worth, same as the MT-09), and we’re guessing the torque will be something similar. 93Nm was the (brilliant) torque figure for Yamaha’s 2021 MT-09, and that combined with the 119bhp and new tuned exhaust system promises to give a wee bit more fun than not. 

The all-new Yamaha 2022 XSR900, set to debut in EU by 2022

The XSR900 will also sport MT-09’s Deltabox frame, as well as Brembo radial master cylinder brakes, inverted KYB forks, front air intakes, and the race-style filler (to complement the lower handlebars, MotoGP-inspired 15-litre gas tank, and longer swingarm – all set up to make the machine more race-ready).

The all-new Yamaha 2022 XSR900, set to debut in EU by 2022

Yamaha’s 2022 XSR900 will also have four ride modes, a new TFT dash (3.5″), a standard quick shifter, a six-axis IMU that gives us three-way lean-sensitive traction and slide control plus anti-wheelie and cornering ABS – the beauty even sports a pair of ‘spin-forged’ cast wheels, lightening the bike by a further 700g. 

The all-new Yamaha 2022 XSR900, set to debut in EU by 2022

The pricing hasn’t been revealed yet, though we’re expecting something along the $10,000 USD mark, given that the 2021 MT-09 and XSR900 were priced from $9,399 and $9,499, respectively. 

Having reviewed Yamaha’s 2016 XSR900 with our own Brandon Jackson, we’re excited to see how this narrower, stiffer unit handles.

Stay tuned for updates, and be sure to brush up on other news from Yamaha while you’re here.

Source: MotorbikeWriter.com

Radical Yamaha Yard Built ‘XR9 Carbona’ custom

XR9 Carbona


If you haven’t heard of it before now, Yamaha’s Yard Built programme showcases the custom motorcycle industry’s best creators, with the XR9 Carbona Pikes Peak inspired XSR900 based custom.

Bottpower’s XR9 Carbona – Yamaha Yard Built

The new XR9 Carbona is the latest creation to merge from the workshops of Europe, created by Bottpower, and is surely one of the most radical Yamaha Yard Built specials we’ve seen so far. It may be radical, but punters can actually buy a kit themselves to suit the XSR900 platform without frame modifications.

The XR9 Carbona is dripping in carbon-fibre

Compact, aggressive and light, the XR9 Carbona is designed to deliver a high level of performance on those twisty and challenging open roads, with Bottpower’s name inspired by the ‘Battle of the Twins’ racing category, with the company specialising in Yamaha and Buells.

The XR9 Carbona’s front aspect reminds the designer of a pitbull

The story began in 2017 when Bottpower specials won two of the categories at the iconic Pikes Peak International Hill Climb in Colorado, USA.

The XR9 Carbona is available as a kit to suit the XSR900

David Sánchez – Bottpower Manager

“The XR9 Carbona is inspired by our Pikes Peak victories. With its strong torque and compact chassis, we realised that the CP3-powered Yamaha XSR900 was the ideal base for this dynamic new Yard Built special. Firstly our goal was to create a cool and fast bike with a modern and aggressive look – and we also wanted to be able to develop a ‘plug and play’ kit that would enable any Yamaha XSR900 or CP3 Platform owner to transform their bike into the XR9.”

Bottpower’s XR9 Carbona – Yamaha Yard Built

While many of Yamaha’s Yard Built bikes are ‘one-off’ specials aimed at inspiring owners to create their own unique motorcycle, the Bottpower Carbona XR9 kit will fit straight on to any existing XSR900 or CP3 Platform.

Bottpower’s XR9 Carbona – Yamaha Yard Built

The XR9 Carbona kit includes a fuel tank cover with integrated carbon fibre air intakes, carbon fibre seat & tail including alcantara saddle, tail & signal lights, front number plate, with integrated LED position lights, radiator covers with winglets, high/low beam headlights, licence plate holder, sprocket cover and belly pan.

Bottpower’s XR9 Carbona – Yamaha Yard Built

Hugo van Waaijen – Bottpower Senior Designer

“Using our extensive experience with composites and 3D printing, we introduced Yamaha R-series elements like the hidden round headlights to create the feeling of a race bike with a numberplate. The XR9 Carbona features a lot of optical mass around the engine meaning a stubby front and short rear – and when looking from the ¾ front view it reminded us of a Pitbull with strong muscular shoulders (the fuel tank) and a hunched look which creates a powerful stance.”

Bottpower’s XR9 Carbona – Yamaha Yard Built

Source: MCNews.com.au

2020 Yamaha XSR900 arrives | $14,849 Ride-Away

2020 Yamaha XSR900 reaches Australian dealers


Yamaha’s popular sport-heritage XSR900 receives a new colour scheme for 2020, with a heritage inspired Dynamic White drawing inspiration from the ’60s, and Bill Ivy’s 125cc world championship-winning V4 two-stroke RA31A.

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The 2020 Yamaha XSR900 is based on the MT-09 powerplant

The 2020 XSR900 is now available in the new colour option, with the existing chassis and engine combination retained, alongside pricing, which remains at $14,849 inc GST ride away.

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The XSR900 also boasts traction control and ride modes

Power on the XSR900 is provided by Yamaha’s CP3 847cc triple-cylinder engine, featuring three-levels of traction control (TCS), D-Mode selectable engine maps, and an assist and slipper (AS) clutch.

Yamaha XSR XSRA RW AUS DET
Adjustable forks are also featured

Suspension is a 41mm fork adjustable for compression and rebound, as well as a rear Monoshock adjustable for preload and rebound.

Yamaha XSR XSRA RW AUS DET
Alongside preload and rebound adjustability on the shock

Sport heritage styling cues linking the XSR900 to its forebearers include heritage paint scheme, aluminium tank covers, front and rear aluminium fenders, stitched seat, circular instrument clock, circular tail light and retro-style headlight with aluminium stay.

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2020 Yamaha XSR900
Yamaha XSR XSRA RW AUS DET
The retro style tail light on the XSR900
Yamaha XSR XSRA RW AUS STU
2020 Yamaha XSR900

Source: MCNews.com.au

2019 Yamaha XSR900 hits showrooms at $12,999

$12,999 RRP inc GST (+ORC)

New Vintage themed colours

Yamaha’s Sports Heritage XSR900 is now available in new retro-inspired colour schemes for 2019, with Garage Metal and Vintage Blue joining the line-up.

Yamaha's XSR900 arrives in Garage Metal in 2019
Yamaha’s XSR900 arrives in Garage Metal in 2019

Inspired by Yamaha’s iconic 1970s models, the XSR900 has become a highly popular choice in Yamaha’s sport-heritage range since its release in 2017. Based on the MT-09 Maximum Torque model, the XSR900 is heritage by nature but modern by design.

Styling cues linking the XSR900 to its forefathers include aluminium tank covers, front and rear aluminium fenders, hand-polished aluminium details, stitched seat, circular instrument clock, circular tail light and retro-style headlight with aluminium stay.

2019 Yamaha XSR900
2019 Yamaha XSR900

Power is provided by the high torque 847cc CP3 triple-cylinder engine producing 84.6kW and 87.5Nm of torque, featuring three levels of adjustable traction control (TCS), D-Mode selectable engine maps, and an assist and slipper (AS) clutch.

Suspension is  a 41mm USD (upside down) fork adjustable for rebound damping, while at the rear the Monocross linked-type suspension offers preload and rebound damping adjustment. The lightweight aluminium Diamond frame features an externally mounted swingarm to provide a short (1440mm) wheelbase. The narrower foot peg position provides a more comfortable ride.

2019 Yamaha XSR900
2019 Yamaha XSR900

The riding position of the XSR900 is more upright than its sporty MT-09 brethren, but still boasts agile handling and impressive torque delivery.

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2019 Yamaha XSR900 in Vintage Blue

2019 Yamaha XSR900 features

  • Two new heritage colours; Garage Metal and Vintage Blue
  • Modern technology wrapped in retro-inspired styling
  • Electronics include adjustable traction control and D-MODE engine maps
  • High torque 847cc triple-cylinder CP3 engine
  • Compact and lightweight Diamond frame and swingarm
  • Light and agile handling characteristics
  • Comfortable upright riding position
  • Adjustable suspension with 41mm USD fork and monoshock rear
  • Aluminium fender and 14-litre fuel tank with aluminium covers
  • Multi-function retro circular instrument clock with bright LCD display
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2019 Yamaha XSR900 in Vintage Blue

The 2019 Yamaha XSR900 is now available at Yamaha dealers priced $12,999 RRP inc GST (+ORC), in Garage Metal and Vintage Blue. For more information see your local Yamaha dealer or the Yamaha Motor Australia website – www.yamaha-motor.com.au.

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2019 Yamaha XSR900

Genuine Yamaha Accessories also allow owners to build on the look of their XSR900 with personalised touches and are designed to give enhanced performance, functionality and style. The range of components for Yamaha’s Sport Heritage range includes titanium exhausts and slip-on mufflers, billet levers and rearset footpegs, engine protectors, and more.

Source: MCNews.com.au