Yamaha XSR900 Abarth
113bhp | 195kg | Seat height 830mm
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