Retro Looks, Modern Go

Yamaha XSR900

There’s one annoying thing with the majority of modern “retro-styled” machines; they tend to have retro performance to go with it! The XSR900 is different, it’s the real deal. Based upon the awesome MT-09, an exhilarating riding experience is delivered by the best of Yamaha’s latest engineering which is simply wrapped in a retro design. Yamaha say they’re “paying tribute to timeless classic machines”, taking inspiration from Yamaha’s rich history of sports bikes and motorcycle design by using the traditional Yamaha yellow speed-block colour-scheme.

Powered by the latest in-line, 3-cylinder, 850cc, CP3 Crossplane Concept engine, you can be sure this retro offers modern-day performance, with the MT-09 a seriously entertaining ride thanks to mainly to the powerplant. Combined with a super lightweight aluminium frame and featuring a natural riding position, the XSR should be all-day comfortable meaning you can arrive in style while also refreshed, having enjoyed the ride.

Making customization easy is part of the design-brief, with a catalogue of optional accessories available at the time of the launch of the XSR meaning you can make your Yamaha stand out from the crowd. Whether you want retro or café racer, it’s all easily achievable with the parts options available. And just because the XSR900 is designed to look retro, it doesn’t mean you miss out on the latest safety technology, with ABS, traction control, switchable mapping and the coolest set of clocks we’ve seen in a while all available on the new model.

For a full launch report check out issue 143 of Bike Rider Magazine.


Yamaha XSR900 details at a glance

Liquid-cooled, 850cc, in-line 3-cylinder, 4-stroke

Aluminium fuel tank covers

Traction Control System

Assist & Slipper Clutch

Vintage inspired headlight and rear light

Crossplane Concept engine design

Lightweight frame with aluminium parts

Adjustable front and rear suspension

Retro cool, powerful sports heritage

Stitched two-level seat

Powerful torque, incredible acceleration

Easy to customize




Engine type: 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves

Displacement: 847 cm³

Bore x stroke: 78.0 mm x 59.1 mm

Compression ratio: 11.5 : 1

Maximum power: 84.6 kW (115PS) @ 10,000 rpm

Maximum torque: 87.5 Nm (8.9 kg-m) @ 8,500 rpm

Lubrication system: Wet sump

Clutch type: Wet, Multiple Disc

Fuel system: Fuel Injection

Ignition system: TCI

Starter system: Electric

Transmission system: Constant Mesh, 6-speed

Final transmission: Chain


Frame: Diamond

Front suspension system: Telescopic forks

Front travel: 137 mm

Caster angle: 25º

Trail: 103 mm

Rear suspension system: Swingarm, (Link type suspension)

Rear travel: 130 mm

Front brake: Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 298 mm

Rear brake: Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm

Front tyre: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) (Tubeless)

Rear tyre: 180/55ZR17M/C (73W) (Tubeless)


Overall length: 2,075 mm

Overall width: 815 mm

Overall height: 1,135 mm

Seat height: 830 mm

Wheel base: 1,440 mm

Minimum ground clearance: 135 mm

Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank): 195 kg /

Fuel tank capacity: 14 L

Oil tank capacity: 3.4 L