Kinda-new for ’22: Yamaha updates the XSR900

The Yamaha XSR900 returns for 2022 with a long list off updates, very similar to the MT-09’s improvements for the 2021 model.

New engine

Most notably, the three-cylinder grows 43 cc to 889 cc. The longer-stroke engine now makes 119 hp at 10,0000 rpm, and 68.6 lb-ft of torque at 7,000 rpm.

Yamaha put a new exhaust on the bike, for a supposedly improved sound, and also revised a lot of internal parts, lightening pieces wherever possible. There’s a quickshifter mated to the six-speed gearbox as standard; this may be a neo-retro machine, but underneath that throwback paint, you get proper modern electronics.

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New chassis

The suspension is improved for 2022, with gold-anodized inverted forks from KYB, fully adjustable to fine-tune your handling. There’s a KYB shock as well. Yamaha put its new SpinForged wheels on the bike; these lightened rims are also supposed to improve handling, and like the MT-09, the XSR900 gets a new die-cast aluminum Deltabox-style frame. That frame does get the handlebars dropped a bit, to change up the riding position, and the swingarm is lengthened.

Yamaha also put a radial Brembo master cylinder on the front brakes. This, combined with new frame and suspension, should result in improved handling and brake feel, an important step forward for this neo-retro.

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New electronics

More power, better handling—the important third part of this equation is improved electronics. Yamaha put a new six-axis IMU on this bike. With that sensor, you now get leaning-sensitive ABS, traction control, and slide control (for max hooliganism). You also get a wheelie control option, since motorcycle designers now see the need to protect us from our grievous mistakes.

There are four riding modes pre-programmed in, and cruise control, and all-round LED lighting. To help you manage it all, Yamaha includes a 3.5-inch TFT screen.

Other notes

Curb weight is 193 kg, with a 15-litre fuel tank. Seat height is 810 mm, and there’s a nicely-machined top clamp. Overall, Yamaha emphasizes this bike’s finishes in its press release; it’s not just a technically advanced machine, it’s intended to compete with other high-end naked bikes on its aesthetics.

We have not seen a Canadian MSRP or arrival date for this bike, but we’d expect it here for next riding season, with pre-production examples available for gratuitous ogling on the winter show circuit.



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