Driving report Yamaha XSR 900

Driving report Yamaha XSR 900
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Driving report Yamaha XSR 900

Driving report Yamaha XSR 900

Driving report Yamaha XSR 900

Driving report Yamaha XSR 900

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… Rock Slate (blue).

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… Garage Metal (Silver) and …

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In addition to the yellow paint in the 60th Anniversary look, the XSR 900 is also available in …

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The bench is at least as finely crafted …

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Clean seams and the XSR 900 embossing give it an elegant appearance.

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In the chic instrument there is digital information on looking enough.

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Retro has to be round, thinks Yamaha. As you can see on the headlight and the neat aluminum bracket with round holes to save weight.

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… looks really pleasing in reality.

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The XSR 900 is characterized by a classic motorcycle design based on MT-09 technology …

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Driving report Yamaha XSR 900

Make old out of new

With the "Faster Sons"-Philosophy, Yamaha has created a new model world to dress the latest technology in a retro look. Already seen with the transformation of the MT-07 to the XSR 700 – and now with the second serve also with the transformation of the MT-09 to the Yamaha XSR 900.

Kenny Roberts and Roland Sands stand in the introductory film for the introduction of the Yamaha XSR 900 opposite, face to face. The king on a first-class dirt track machine, the bike designer on the new retro treble from Yamaha. The oblique-and-cross machine from Roberts was to serve as a source of inspiration for the XSR 900, which from March of this year will supplement the MT-09 construction kit with a modern bike with an old-school lock. A closer look reveals little relationship apart from the color, but what the heck. After all, Yamaha relies on well-known technology for the latest model in the “Faster Sons” series. Because the base Yamaha MT-09 has not only convinced in numerous tests, but has also contributed to the boom of Yamaha in recent years thanks to many satisfied buyers. So bottom line: Can’t get bad, the Yamaha XSR 900, right??

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Driving report Yamaha XSR 900

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Make old out of new

Yamaha XSR 900 the setting is now retained. Yamaha now also has the throttle response under control. In mode A it is still sporty and aggressive, in the standard version, on the other hand, gas changes are smooth and in B mode, which according to Yamaha has to make do with a power loss of 10 to 12 hp compared to the full power of 115 hp, are disturbing Impulse between gas-open and gas-close commands not noticeable at all.

Retro version with better stability

And something else is noticeably different compared to the MT-09: the chassis. Already in the first few meters during the driving presentation there is a significant increase in hardness in the hands and buttocks. If the MT-09 fork and shock absorber with their soft basic set-up quickly gave way, when things got around the corner more quickly, the Yamaha XSR 900 lies richer on the road. Yamaha installs different springs in the XSR 900 fork and rear shock absorber than in the MT-09. These are tighter. This gives the retro version more stability, although the spring elements should be more sensitive on wavy terrain. Nevertheless, the XSR 900 turns out to be a successful mobile curve searcher, with Bridgestone S-20 tires it falls almost effortlessly into an inclined position and pulls cleanly out of the apex of the curve.

With the Yamaha XSR 900, a three-stage adjustable traction control takes the fright away from the heavy twist of the throttle. You can switch off hot spurs completely, for everyone else there is a sensitive and a sporty gradation that regulates later. With a switch on the left end of the handlebar, the various specifications can be changed easily – even while driving. The traction control does not work as a simple ignition interruption, but uses the ignition, throttle position and injection to adjust the power output if necessary.

Another innovation on the Yamaha XSR 900 is the slipper clutch. This should not only prevent the rear wheel from stamping when shifting down, but at the same time reduce the operating forces for the clutch. Both work well, but the gearbox doesn’t really match the smooth clutch. The shift shocks are hard, the forces in the left foot that are necessary to change the individual gear steps are high.

Euro 4 does not affect performance

There is also something new to report with regard to the seating arrangement. The MT-09 places the driver close to the handlebar. On the Yamaha XSR 900, Yamaha has extended the tank cover over the actual fuel container by five centimeters to the rear. In addition, the seat height increased by 1.5 centimeters to 830 millimeters. The driver’s upholstery is also wider. Handlebars and footrests are built alike. Overall, this results in a slightly more stretched, but by no means uncomfortable sitting position. Long-legged people are happy about an even more relaxed knee angle, while short contemporaries can get beads of sweat on their foreheads during the act of balancing while standing.

In terms of technology, almost all the differences to the MT-09 are listed. But only almost, because the most important one goes unnoticed by the driver. The exhaust gases now flow out of the black silencer in accordance with the Euro 4 standard. Fortunately, the reduction in pollutants is not noticeable in engine performance. As usual, the crossplane triple pushes forward, meanders smoothly like a rumba dancer through the lowest speeds, sweeps through the middle of the speed with a brisk samba swing, before dropping all the covers like a showgirl in the Lido. Three-cylinder glory that can do anything from gentle to fulminant. In the city, purring around casually in high gear, on the country road in gear stages three to four, rushing through everything that the Winkelwerk has ready. And when things have to go even faster with the Yamaha XSR 900, as is the case with overtaking maneuvers, the five-digit number of revs does the rest. However, express speed costs quite a bit of fuel. Yamaha promises a little more than five liters of gasoline consumption on average, which can be increased by one liter relatively effortlessly. With a 14-liter tank capacity, this still gives a range of more than 200 kilometers. And before things get critical, a warning message in the round multifunction cockpit warns to refuel.

The Yamaha XSR 900 comes to a halt at the gas pump, braked and the fork sags deep, despite the longer springs, without bottoming out. Delayed in the somewhat coarse ABS control range, there is a lot of weight on the front. The rear wheel lifts up into the sky again and again. Beyond the very short stopping distance, the stoppers of the XSR are convincing, they reliably slow down the 900s.

Yamaha XSR 900 the better MT-09?

250 kilometers of rural roads are a thing of the past. Time to take a look at the Yamaha XSR 900. Aluminum parts such as lamp and mudguard holders and the two light metal tank covers look classy. This impression is underlined by the paintwork in the 60th anniversary look, which is reminiscent of King Kenny’s racing machines. The other color variants Rock Slate (blue) and Garage Metal (silver) are more reserved. The fact that the XSR 900 cannot hide its origins from the modernly styled MT-09 beneath the tank-seat line despite the black frame and equally dark add-on parts is only apparent at second glance. Finally, the question remains whether the Yamaha XSR 900 is even the better MT-09? After all, Yamaha wants to have 9,495 euros for them, which is exactly 1,100 euros more than for the base machine. In the Racing Block color scheme, it’s another 300 euros more. And the MT-09 – that’s for sure – will receive updates like traction control in a timely manner. So a difficult question. If only the King Kenny variant, of which only 120 came to Germany in 2016, looked so damn good …

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Reality and desire


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Yamaha and the Yard Built program: production motorcycles are spruced up by motorcycle tuners and designers and serve as inspiration for new models. That’s the idea. In essence, this turns out to be a marketing tool. Two points make this clear. First, the Yard Built models often have little in common with the resulting series models. The Yamaha XSR 900 is an example of this. Apart from the color scheme and the technology based on the MT-09 of the XSR 900, not much can be discovered of the eye-catching mentality of the Roland Sands conversion in dirt track style.

Point two: If you want to convert your vehicle in the direction of the Yard Built template, you usually quickly reach limits. Many parts – if they are available – are only available without TÜV approval. Exceptions like the Jens vom Brauck conversion of the MT-07 (MOTORRAD 24/2015) are rare. The Yamaha XSR 900 from Roland Sands looks even sharper than its series counterpart. The wish to Yamaha: more courage. Let inspiration become reality, please.

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If you want a nice retro bike but don’t want to do without the technology of a modern naked bike, the Yamaha XSR900 could be the right choice. With its powerful three-cylinder and the electronics of the MT-09, the XSR 900 is a real wolf in sheep’s clothing. Here is a price comparison: used Yamaha XSR900 in Germany.

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