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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.

242 MILE S

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.

827 M ILES

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.

2012 M ILE S

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!

2809 MILES

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!

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