New lighter, stronger and sharper Deltabox aluminium chassis
Longitudinal, lateral and torsional rigidity are all significantly increased, resulting in better straight line stability together without affecting agility. The head pipe is located 30mm lower than the previous model for increased feeling when cornering. This allows the handlebars to be mounted lower to give the XSR900 a more aggressive stance. Combined with other changes to the chassis there is a 14% reduction in inertia around the steering axis compared to the previous model – enabling the rider to corner quickly, accurately and confidently.
Straight line stability is also enhanced by the fitment of a box-section aluminium swingarm that is 55 mm longer than the previous model – and an all-new model-specific subframe is featured. The swingarm now pivots inside the frame which is a slimmer and more rigid design.
Race-inspired fuel tank and vented bodywork
The XSR900’s fuel tank is inspired by Yamaha’s 80s-era Grand Prix road racers, and features air intakes at the front that not only help to enhance the engine efficiency, but also transmit the powerful sound of the intake roar to the rider at higher speeds. The relationship between the sculpted 15-litre fuel tank and humped seat gives a riding position further behind the bike’s midpoint, almost above the rear axle.
Optimised gear ratios for an exquisitely balanced performance
To match the XSR900’s increased power and torque output, the 6-speed transmission has been optimised with slightly higher gear ratios. These changes are designed to complement the new engine changes.
Highly sophisticated electronic systems
At the heart of XSR900’s new system is a 6-axis Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) that uses two sensors to measure three-axis velocity and three-axis acceleration. This new unit is 50% smaller and 40% lighter than the original 2015 R1 design, and it sends data to the ECU that informs the following three rider aids.
Lean Sensitive Traction Control System for all weather confidence
The degree of intervention of the Traction Control System is calculated by the IMU relative to the degree of lean, and the rider can select one of three intervention modes or even turn the system off completely.
Slide Control System for ultimate control
When a sideways rear wheel slide is predicted by the IMU the drive power is adjusted in order to maintain traction. As with TCS there are three intervention levels, as well as an off switch.
LIF - MotoGP tech for the real world
LIF is an anti-wheelie system that helps to smooth out machine behaviour when pulling away or accelerating hard, LIF is designed to work in harmony with the other electronic control systems.
Brake Control for assurance in an emergency
The XSR900’s Brake Control system independently controls and moderates the front and rear brake pressure to prevent accidental wheel lock ups. BC1 is a standard type of ABS mode that activates in upright emergency stopping situations, while BC2 is designed to maintain control if emergency braking is applied when the XSR900 is leaning in mid corner.
Quick Shifter System: Full throttle all the way
The XSR900’s Quick Shifter System (QSS) takes the performance to another level by allowing the rider to do clutchless full throttle upshifts for optimum acceleration, as well as performing clutchless down shifts improving stability and corner entry.
D-Mode: The right power for every occasion
The new XSR900 features four D-Mode engine power modes, compared to three on the previous model. Mode 1 is the most aggressive full-power mode, while modes 2, 3 and 4 deliver progressively softer degrees of response to suit riding conditions.
YCC-T: Yamaha’s wireless twistgrip
The new model takes fly-by-wire tech one step further with the addition of an R1-type Acceleration Position Sensor Grip (APSG). A sensor in the twist grip replicates the traditional feeling of the throttle spring, and eliminates the need for any cables.
Cruise Control: It’s good to relax sometimes
Another new feature seen for the first time on the XSR900 is Cruise Control, this easily programmable system makes longer journeys even more enjoyable.
3.5-inch full-colour TFT display: Modern, clear, precise
The previous model’s circular LCD unit is now replaced with a much higher specification 3.5 inch full colour TFT display with a bar type tachometer that changes colour with rising rpm and also has a configurable display of secondary information. Ride mode selection is easily managed with the ergonomic handlebar switches.
To strengthen the link with the innovation and success from the 80s, the new XSR900 is presented in a modern day interpretation of the distinctive colours of GP-winner Christian Sarron. Christian helped underline the success of the Deltabox by delivering great performances throughout the 1980s. These achievements still resonate within Yamaha and inspire the brand to perform better every day. That colour scheme with a curvaceous 15-litre steel fuel tank and seat-hump seamlessly blend the roadster image with racer details. The distinctive gap between the tank and seat, quick release fasteners and hidden passenger foot pegs combine to produce the unique looks of the XSR900.
A second colour of Midnight Black is also offered with red highlights and black forks. Availability and price has yet to be set for the XSR900.
- Frame Type Diamond
- Suspension Front Telescopic forks, 130mm travel
- Suspension Rear Swingarm (link suspension), 137mm travel
- Brakes Front Hydraulic dual discs, 298mm - ABS
- Brakes Rear Hydraulic single disc, 245mm - ABS
- Tyres Front 120/70 ZR17M/C(58W) Tubeless
- Tyres Rear 180/55 ZR17M/C (73W) Tubeless
- Length (mm) 2155
- Width (mm) 860
- Height (mm) 1155
- Seat Height (mm) 810
- Wheelbase (mm) 1495
- Ground Clearance (mm) 140
- Wet Weight (kg) 193