Yamaha has revamped its flagship offering in the lineup of neo-retro roadsters, the XSR 900, with a revised design language and a few noteworthy changes to its mechanicals. Designed and engineered specifically for the European markets, the new Yamaha XSR 90o has arrived hot on the heels of the smallest motorcycle in this lineup, the XSR 125. The motorcycle is scheduled to go on sale in the European markets in early 2022.
Design and Features
Yamaha has evolved the overall design of the XSR 900, which still looks very much like a motorcycle from yesteryear with its retro visual appeal. However, in the process of becoming a newer motorcycle, the Yamaha XSR 900 has become slightly more muscular and modern.
The motorcycle continues to get the typical traits of an XSR series of the motorcycle, including a rounded headlamp with triangular silver clamps on both of its sides, simple looking fuel tank and minimalist side body panels. However, this time around, the headlamp, U-shaped LED tail lamp and turn indicators are all LED units. Also, the motorcycle now gets a slightly more muscular-looking fuel tank, a boxy design for the back of the café-racer-inspired single-piece seat, a unique folding pattern for the pillion footrests, golden finish for the multi-spoke alloy wheels.
The modernity of the Yamaha XSR 900 is very well evident from its list of riding aids as well, with the motorcycle getting features like a 3.5-inch full TFT instrument console, cornering ABS, cornering traction control, six-axis IMU, slide control modes, four riding modes and bi-directional quick-shifter.
The Yamaha XSR 900 gets the same new liquid-cooled, inline-three, 899cc engine which made its debut in the new Yamaha MT-09 introduced in 2020. Compared to the previous engine, this new engine makes maximum power of 119 PS and maximum torque of 93.5 Nm. This makes it 4 PS more powerful and 5.58 Nm torquier than the previous engine. However, like before, the engine comes paired to a 6-speed gearbox.
With a kerb weight of 193 kg, the new XSR 900 is almost 2 kg lighter than the model it has replaced. However, the motorcycle has got some extensive revisions to its chassis, which include a new sub-frame for the MT-09-derived Deltabox mainframe. Even the swingarm on the XSR 900 is longer than the MT-09, which makes it longer and have more wheelbase than the MT-09. The multi-spoke spin forged alloy wheels have been shared with the MT-09.
The new Yamaha MT-09 gets Brembo callipers for its dual disc setup at the front and a single disc setup at the rear. The suspension combination of the motorcycle includes KYB upside-down telescopic forks at the front and a mono-shock at the rear, both of which are adjustable for compression and rebound.
Will it come to India?
Since the arrival of BS6 emission norms, Yamaha is absent from the superbike segments, despite being the first one to venture into this space with the YZF-R1 back in 2008. The Yamaha XSR 900 will not be brought to India, however, there are speculations that its sportier cousin, the MT-09, will be brought to India sometime in 2022.