Yamaha XSR900 Abarth

113bhp | 195kg | Seat height 830mm

Motorcycle News (UK) - - New Bikes Special -

Car­bon front cowl Car­bon seat unit Akrapovic ti­ta­nium ex­haust

Last year’s XSR900 took the MT- 09 plat­form in a new di­rec­tion, and gift­ing it re­newed at­trac­tive­ness in the process. Now Yamaha have gone a step fur­ther and re­leased this half-faired car­bon-rich ver­sion called the XSR900 Abarth. With the death of the XJR1300 Racer for 2017 (killed by Euro4), the Abarth does a good job as the re­place­ment in the line-up.

Cre­ated in as­so­ci­a­tion with the car tun­ing leg­ends – the Abarth is a mod­i­fied ver­sion of the XSR900, and the changes should add up to a very dif­fer­ent feel­ing ride. The drop bars are key to much of the aes­thetic, and the re­sul­tant change in rid­ing po­si­tion, but while they start the café racer trans­for­ma­tion, it’s the car­bon fi­bre nose cowl, seat unit and front fen­der that fin­ish it off. Blend­ing new tech with old-school styling, they’re joined by a suede seat, and a bat­tle­ship grey paintjob high­lighted with red speed­block and Abarth lo­gos.

Nestling be­neath the styling changes is a lovely full ti­ta­nium Akrapovic sys­tem, cul­mi­nat­ing in a stacked end- can. And be­ing an XSR900 it boasts trac­tion con­trol, ABS, and the firm’s As­sist & Slip­per clutch – all of which turn this into a bike that’s as well suited to the daily grind as it is to the week­end scratch.

Pro­duc­tion of the XSR900 Abarth is lim­ited to just 695 units, and on the side of each bike is a pro­duc­tion num­bered alu­minium plaque to con­firm its au­then­tic­ity. A ded­i­cated on­line or­der­ing sys­tem for the new bike will open at 1pm on Jan­uary 17, al­low­ing the first 95 cus­tomers to be able to reg­is­ter their or­der, at www. xsr900-abarth.eu. Af­ter the first 95 on­line reg­is­tra­tions have been con­firmed, the re­main­ing 600 units will be made avail­able through Yamaha deal­ers.

‘Nestling amid the styling changes is a full ti­ta­nium Akrapovic sys­tem’

Just 695 will be made and you can reg­is­ter your in­ter­est on­line

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