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Shar­ing the same short-stroke, revvy 847cc in­line triple mo­tor as the orig­i­nal MT-09 means the XSR gets the same full-fat (or skinny), short-geared, wheelie-prone 113bhp per­for­mance, de­liv­ered with the same in­stant zap, plus three-mode trac­tion con­trol and a choice of three throt­tle maps (all of which are very re­spon­sive). The XSR’S frame, sus­pen­sion, brakes (with the ex­cep­tion of the pad com­pound) and ge­om­e­try are also as per the first-gen­er­a­tion MT, mean­ing that the rid­ing dy­namic is ag­ile and re­spon­sive to the point of be­ing twitchy. It is, how­ever, a lot of fun to ride.

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