2016 Yamaha XSR900 is Modern Retro Fun

As expected, Yamaha has officially unveiled their brand new XSR900, an MT-09/FZ-09 based retro styled street bike that pays homage to the XSR650 of yesteryear. Looking very similar to the just released XSR700, it doesn’t reinvent the wheel but should appeal to a lot of people out there wanting something that looks classical yet has a modern motor underneath.

The XSR900 keeps plastics down to a minimum, with the 14 litre fuel tank being what draws your eyes at first. There’s also the gorgeous looking split level sitched seat which is accompanied by front and rear aluminium fenders, aluminium side covers and aluminium headlight stay. Again, we would have liked Yamaha to try and hide the radiator a bit better, but given the price the XSR900 is likely to go for, these sacrifices have to be made for value.

The 850cc inline triple remains unchanged from the MT-09 and also includes three traction control modes, assist and slipper clutch and of course, ABS brakes. Unfortunately, it looks like the front end suspension has carried straight over from the MT-09, which means this is a bike that still has a chassis that’s not quite up to speed with the engine.

The TCS is fully adjustable with three performance modes depending on the road conditions. Riders can opt for minimal or maximal intervention and can also switch the system off completely when appropriate to do so. Expect there to be a vast sum of aftermarket accessories available too as part of Yamaha’s Yard Built campaign. The XSR900 has been confirmed for release in the US, Australia and Europe.