We’re huge fans of the XSR900, it captured the interest of the retro crowd, but had enough power and performance to keep our interest. Much like everything else the triple cylinder cp3 motor has gone in, it’s been a hit for Yamaha. Watch our review of the 2016 model here to refresh your memory of how good it is.
For 2022, Yamaha has made a number of significant changes to the motor, chassis and rider hardware but more importantly, they’ve covered it in one of the coolest paint jobs we’ve seen in years. Gauloises were factory Yamaha sponsors in MotoGP as recently as 2005, but back in the 1980’s it was Christian Sarron who was sticking it to the likes of Rainey, Spencer and Lawson on a 500cc two-stroke GP beauty wearing the same French fag brand.
The paint fits the new look XSR900 like a glove, as does the subtle restyle around the back. Check the official video out here and then read the list of changes for the new bike.
XSR900 Technical Highlights
Historic Yamaha Racing inuenced design High quality details and premium materials Flexible and relaxed riding position Signature XSR LED lighting
Hidden rear LED lighting
Modern take on historic colouring
Rider Aids Package, 6-axis IMU
Traction Control, Slide Control, Brake Control, Lift Control
Versatile high-torque EU5 889cc CP3 engine
QSS, Cruise Control and A&S clutch
Lightweight CF die-cast Deltabox-style chassis
Lightweight Spinforged wheels
High specication adjustable suspension
298 mm dual front discs with Brembo Master Cylinder
Forged aluminium foot controls
XSR900-specic low-prole subframe with foldaway passenger footrests Full LED Indicators
Bar end mirrors
Machined top triple clamp
Race-inspired 15 litre fuel tank with race-style filler cap.
The motor has been treated to new pistons and grows in capacity to 889cc. There’s an extra 5bhp available which is welcome, but the old model was never really lacking in this department anyway. The addition of a six axis IMU and a host of rider treats will no doubt improve the riding experience. One which we look forward to telling you about as soon as possible.
Check out the Yamaha website to find your nearest dealer