As one of Yamaha’s most desirable motorcycles in recent years, the XSR900 receiving significant updates was only a matter of time. The timing is just right, too; the basis for the XSR900—the MT-09—had already been reworked and revised a year ago.
For 2022, Yamaha’s Faster Sons look towards the style and character of 1980s sportbikes. The classic race bike colors, humped seat, and stubby rear end are especially evocative of an old-school sports model converted into a cafe racer.
Other additions for the upcoming model year include a lower headlight with perforated bracket, side cowl, new subframe, and bar end side mirrors. The updated XSR900 sports a reworked Deltabox frame as well, which not only indicates lightness and strength, but also harkens back to vintage sportbikes with similar chassis style.
Speaking of chassis, the XSR900 gets a longer swingarm than the MT-09 for a more relaxed and versatile riding experience.
On the propulsion side, the 2022 XSR900 is fitted with the same beating heart as the improved MT-09. The retro naked’s 889cc CP3 inline three-cylinder engine pumps out 117hp at 10,000rpm and 93Nm of torque at 7,000rpm. The Euro 5-compliant mill is paired to a six-speed manual gearbox with bi-directional quickshifter and assist and slipper clutch as standard.
Suspension and brakes come straight off the MT-09, with a fully adjustable KYB fork and matching shock; radial-mount brake calipers with 298mm front rotors; and Brembo radial master cylinder. More MT-09 features make an appearance: R1-derived six-axis IMU, cornering ABS, cruise control, lean-sensitive traction control, and front wheel lift control. The whole electronics suite can be calibrated using the full-color TFT dash.
Two colors—Legend Blue, which is inspired by Christian Sarron’s Sonauto-Yamaha race bike), and Midnight Black—will be available by February 2022, while pricing has yet to be announced.
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