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Completing the Yamaha range that shares the MT-09 platform and includes the Tracer 9 GT, the retro-styled XSR900 has received a major makeover for 2022.
As well as upgrading to the improved 889cc CP3 triple-cylinder engine, the new XSR900 shares the redesigned Deltabox aluminium chassis with lower steering head and revised steering dimensions to produce sharper handling. The box-section aluminium swingarm is 55mm longer than the previous model to give improved straightline stability.
Visually, the XSR900 differs from its stable-mates with the retro-style 15 litre fuel tank inspired by Yamaha’s 80s-era GP racers, but the whole handlebar-seat-footrest arrangement gives a unique riding position for this model. A new Brembo radial master cylinder gives accurate feedback from the twin 298mm front discs for exceptional stopping power. Four separate engine modes are featured, while a new Quick Shifter System, working in both directions, optimises acceleration and stability. To keep track of everything, a new 3.5 inch full-colour TFT display sits above the LED headlight. Two colours are available: Legend Blue or Midnight Black. Pricing is yet to be announced with delivery beginning March 2022, at which point we will bring you a full test of this exciting new model. ■