Using the 847cc Crossplane Crankshaft Concept motor that has served the FZ-09 so well, the new XSR900 matches modernity to retro styling.Yamaha may reference the XS line (though the XSR900 looks more like a Daytona Special or RZ350), underneath the XSR900 gets an aluminum frame and wheels, adjustable suspension, standard ABS and slipper clutch, and ride-by-wire with two power modes.
The shorty exhaust and triple disc brakes let you know this 430-pound bike is ready for sporting duty.
2016 Yamaha XSR900 Specs:
Engine: DOHC liquid-cooled inline 3
Bore x stroke 78.0 x 59.1mm
Compression ratio: 11.5:1
Fuel delivery: Yamaha Fuel Injection with YCC-T
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission: 6-speed; multiplate wet clutch
Final drive: Chain
Front suspension: 41mm inverted forks w/ adjustable preload and rebound damping; 5.4 inches of travel
Rear: Single shock w/ adjustable preload and rebound damping; 5.1 inches of travel
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!