Yamaha XSR900

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Yamaha XSR900
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2016 Yamaha XSR900 (Aluminum)
ManufacturerYamaha Motor Company
Also calledYamaha XSR
Engine847 cc (51.7 cu in) liquid-cooled DOHC inline 3-cylinder 4- stroke; 12 valves
Bore / stroke78.0 mm × 59.1 mm (3.07 in × 2.33 in)
Compression ratio11.5:1
Power86 kW (115 hp) @ 10,000 rpm (claimed)[1]
76.7 kW (102.8 hp) @ 9,980 rpm (rear wheel)[2]
Torque88 N⋅m (65 lb⋅ft) @ 8,500 rpm (claimed)[1]
80.5 N⋅m (59.4 lb⋅ft) @ 8,460 rpm (rear wheel)[2]
SuspensionFRONT: 41 mm Inverted Telescopic Fork adjustable rebound damping and preload (5.4 in.) wheel travel
REAR: Single shock, adjustable preload and rebound damping (5.1 in.) wheel travel
BrakesFront Dual 298 mm (11.7 in) discs
Rear Single 245 mm (9.6 in) disc
TiresFRONT: Bridgestone Battlax S20F 120/70ZR17
REAR Bridgestone Battlax S20R 180/55ZR17
Rake, trail25.0 degrees - 103 mm (4.1 in)
Wheelbase144 cm (56.7 in)
DimensionsL: 208 cm (81.7 in)
W: 82 cm (32.1 in)
H: 114 cm (44.9 in)
Seat height83 cm (32.7 in)
Weight429.9 lb (195.0 kg)[3] (wet)
Fuel capacity3.7 US gal (14 l)
RelatedYamaha XSR700 / FZ-09

Yamaha XSR900 is a neo-retro[4][5] standard Universal Japanese Motorcycle (UJM),[1] which utilizes an 847 cc (51.7 cu in) transverse inline-triple engine. Introduced in 2016, the XSR900 is derived from Yamaha's MT-09 (known as FZ-09 in North America).


Yamaha brought the XSR900 to market in 2016, releasing it in two variants worldwide.

The first, a variant utilizes a yellow and black paint scheme with gold inverted fork. This paint scheme is a 60th Anniversary Edition first utilized on other Yamaha models in 2015, such as the YZF-R1, to commemorate Yamaha's 60 years of racing heritage which began in 1955.[6][7] and strongly resembles the classic "speed block"[8] design popularized by Kenny Roberts in the 1970s.[9] The second variant utilizes a more muted aluminum tank over black frame and black inverted fork.[10] (See Photo)

The Yamaha XSR900 and MT-09 share the same 847cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline 3-cylinder engine with a 120° crankshaft. The engine has a power output of 115 hp (86 kW) @ 10,000 rpm and 65 lb⋅ft (88 N⋅m) @ 8,500 rpm.[1] Motorcyclist got a tested 1/4 mile time of 11.07 seconds at 122.33 mph (196.87 km/h).[2] The XSR incorporated several new features including: user-changeable throttle control mappings, a new ECU, ABS, multiple traction control modes and stiffened suspension.

Model updates[edit]

Little changed from the 2016 model, the 2017 XSR900 featured updated tires (the s20 Bridgestone Battlax tires on the 2016 model being discontinued), and revised paint schemes that varied according to the market, as follows: in the USA - Titanium Blue;[11] in Canada - Blue & Black;[12] in the UK - Garage Metal, Rock Slate & Midnight Black.[13]

In November 2016, Yamaha announced the 2017 XSR900 Abarth,[14] a limited-edition "Sport Heritage café racer special". Yamaha collaborated with Abarth, an Italian brand from the car racing world. The Abarth's specification comprises a carbon-fibre nose cowl, and a rear seat cowling, handlebars that are low-slung 'clip-on style',[15][16] rear-sets, traction control, a slipper clutch, and an Akrapovic titanium exhaust.[17][18] Production of the XSR900 Abarth is to be only 695 units, and each bike is to have a numbered aluminium "authenticity plaque". Yamaha's novel marketing strategy to promote the Abarth prohibited Intending buyers from placing an advance order; instead, those who wished to be one of the first 95 to own an Abarth had to make an online bid at 13.00hrs on January 17, 2017. The remaining 600 bikes would be sold conventionally through dealers.[19][20]

2018 models and onwards support the OEM QuickShifter from Yamaha (OEM Part number BS2-E81A0-V0-00), earlier models would need a third party QS. The support for QS can be checked by turning on the ignition and there should be a QS indicator flashing by in the instrument cluster beside the gear indicator.


On its release, the 2016 XSR900 received journalistic praise and it gained several awards including Cycle World's; 2016 Best Middleweight Street Bike[21] and G-Mark's; 2016 Good Design Award.[22]


  1. ^ a b c d MacDonald, Sean (June 9, 2016). "The Yamaha XSR900 Is More Than Meets The Eye". Cycle World. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Adams, Bradley (August 29, 2016). "BMW R nineT vs. Harley-Davidson Roadster vs. Triumph Thruxton R vs. Yamaha XSR900 - COMPARISON TEST". Motorcyclist. Retrieved December 20, 2016.
  3. ^ "2016 Yamaha XSR900 Sport Heritage Motorcycle - Photo Gallery, Video, Specs, Features, Offers, Inventory and more". yamahamotorsports.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  4. ^ "Cycle World's Best Middleweight Streetbike of 2016: Yamaha XSR900". Cycle World. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  5. ^ Kunitsugu, Kent (November 16, 2015). "2016 Yamaha XSR900 First Look". Sport Rider. Retrieved December 4, 2016.
  6. ^ Tibu, Florin. "Vintage Racing Liveries Look Good on the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1". AutoEvolution. AutoEvolution. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  7. ^ Tibu, Florin. "Vintage Racing Liveries Look Good on the 2015 Yamaha YZF-R1". Autoevolution. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  8. ^ "Yamaha Speed Block Graphics". OilySmudges. Retrieved 21 December 2016.
  9. ^ "Column vol.17 - race". Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  10. ^ "2016 Yamaha XSR900 Sport Heritage Motorcycle - Specs, Prices". yamahamotorsports.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  11. ^ https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/sp.../models/xsr900
  12. ^ "Yamaha Motor Canada". yamaha-motor.ca. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  13. ^ https://www.yamaha-motor.eu/uk/produ...Studio-002.jpg
  14. ^ Yamaha UK web release
  15. ^ "Limited Edition Yamaha XSR900 Abarth unveiled". MCNews.com.au. November 8, 2016. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  16. ^ "XSR900 Abarth". Yamaha UK. Retrieved December 28, 2016.
  17. ^ MacDonald, Sean (November 7, 2016). "The 2017 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth Puts The Racer In Cafe Racer". Cycle World. Retrieved December 5, 2016.
  18. ^ Motor Cycle News 9 Nov 2016, page 20
  19. ^ Motor Cycle report
  20. ^ "Ride Apart" report
  21. ^ "BEST MIDDLEWEIGHT STREETBIKE: Yamaha XSR900". Cycle World. Retrieved 3 December 2016.
  22. ^ "Yamaha XSR900 selected for 2016 Good Design Best 100 - Responsejp (Motor cycle/entertainment / events )". responsejp.com. Retrieved 3 December 2016.

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