I was pretty convinced the XSR’S speedo had somehow been set to kmh during my first spin on the 900. It hadn’t, the bike was just a lot faster than I expected. The 900 triple is a dream and punches out of corners. It’s so easy to go so fast. Mirrors blur over 70mph.
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The XSR gets its first proper run out to MCN’S Butlins party weekend at Skegness. A couple of laps of Cadwell alongside Chris Walker (aboard a Kawasaki H2), John Reynolds and John Mcguinness was a great way to start the riding year with the Yamaha.
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A blast to Newcastle and back in a day (400 miles) proved that the XSR is capable of a lot more than cruising city centres. At speeds that will you get you into trouble, it drinks petrol faster than Gazza can neck a pint and with a 14-litre tank, fill-ups get a bit too regular.
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XSR beats up its brother, the MT-09. A sunny day spent scratching around Northamptonshire’s back roads with a quick track attack at Rockingham, convinced me that the XSR is more pliable and friendly than the MT. And it looks better!
XSR gets accessorised which changes the bike hugely. I think it looks loads better, but the riding position is tough on the back and wrists. A 300-mile round trip to MCN’S Awards do, left me feeling slightly out of shape!