Motorcycle News (UK) - - Retro Special 2017 -


Can you re­ally call the XSR900 a retro? At the end of the day does it re­ally mat­ter as if you are af­ter a retro-styled (if you squint) bike that is an ab­so­lute hoot to ride then look no fur­ther. The triple is a real barn­stormer and the chas­sis backs it up with agility and pre­ci­sion. The styling isn’t great, but if you think of it as a thor­oughly mod­ern retro and con­cen­trate on its per­for­mance you won’t care what it looks like!


Like its big­ger brother, it is hard to re­ally call the XSR700 a proper retro. But this bike will win you over with its per­for­mance, not its looks. The par­al­lel twin punches ob­scenely above its weight and as well as be­ing friendly and easy-go­ing, it can quickly be stirred into play­ing the fool. The sus­pen­sion is ba­sic and wob­bly, but the mo­tor is so good you quickly for­give it this small in­dis­cre­tion.

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