Yamaha Xsr900 First Ride Review

Some of us were a little surprised when Yamaha’s newly revised 2021 MT-09 took first place in the 900CC (ish) Naked Bike comparison last summer, against such expensive heavyweights as the new Ducati Monster and KTM Duke 890. and we were all a little surprised when the XSR900 beat the Indian FTR 1200 and 1200, as well as the now defunct Monster 1200, in a slightly unfair 2019 comparison. (A little unfair, because our test track was really nothing more than narrow and winding roads.) Now the 2022 XSR900 is refurbished in the same way as last year’s MT-09, using all the same parts from the Waist down, including the new oversized 890 cm3 version of this most remarkable CP3 three-cylinder and all its electronic controls.

2022 Yamaha XSR 900

Only a fool could not like Yamaha’s CP3 Triple, but you know what some of them look like when it comes to style: give them a retro round headlight, or you will continue to drive your GS850. the new XSR is Yamaha’s latest, very competent attempt to shift up a gear.

+ Hen

  • A lot of practical and powerful motorcycle for the money, including cruise control and Quickshifter
  • It looks like it costs more
  • It’s time for Christian Sarron to get some love

– Sigh

  • You will miss the MT-09 seat after about an hour
  • Thanks for the matching color rear cover
  • A little mini disguise wouldn’t kill him either

From the Waist up, even a rudimentary wink shows that things are completely different. What is happening, Yamaha says, pays tribute to its legendary former GP riders of the 80s, blue in particular here “representing a modern interpretation of the classic racing colors of Sonauto Yamaha in France—the amazing combination of blue, Cyan and yellow that is famous campaign of the legendary French Grand Prix champion Christian Sarron.”

You can see it on the large flat 3.7 gas tank (the rear part is made of steel), the small gap between the tank and the seat, the Dzus fasteners that hold the side panels and the recessed taillight. But above all, this GP connection from the 80s tries to be mediated by the shape of the seat, in particular the rear part. No one at Yamaha USA claims to know why there is no plastic cover to fit the tank, whether it is already on the bike or at least in the accessories catalog?

Tribute or not, it makes sense to offer a more classic Version of the CP3 with round headlights to the crowd who does not like the more contemporary style of the MT.

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