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A Profile of The Torquey and Fun Yamaha XSR900

Feb 22, 2018 4:00:00 PM / by Logan Reed

A Profile of the Yamaha XSR900

Those of you who are familiar with the  History of Yamaha will remember the fun and compact Yamaha FZ-07 and FZ-09 bikes. You know the ones, the Yamahas that were full of kickass performance, but were, truth be told, kind of ugly. Well, the bothers, Yamaha XSR700 and the Yamaha XSR900, are Yamaha’s answer to the issue. The Yamaha XSR700 and XSR900 share the same motors and chassis as the FZs but is designed in a way that appeals to fans of that neo-retro, cafe look (like millennials). 

The XSR700 is the baby brother of the Yamaha XSR900 that is soon to be available in America after a long wait. In typical younger sibling fashion, the 700 emulates the styling legacy of both the FZ-07 and the XSR900 and also offers the same riding comfort and superior feel. But we’re here to talk about the torquey and fun XSR900, and that we will.


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Yamaha designed the bike part of its new “sport heritage” line, and, in my opinion, it puts so much “sport” into “sport heritage” that it’s a contender for the best middleweight street bike. The 900 has a compact 847cc Crossplane Crankshaft Concept, liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder, 4-stroke engine that delivers Yamaha’s world-class performance. This thing is quick, tech-savvy and balances the best of both 4- and 2-cylinder designs.

2018 Yamaha XSR900 Specs

  • Engine Type: 847cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline 3-cylinder 4- stroke; 12 valves
  • Bore x Stroke: 78.0mm x 59.1mm
  • Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
  • Fuel Delivery: Yamaha Fuel Injection with YCC-T
  • Ignition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
  • Transmission: 6-speed; multiplate assist-and-slipper wet clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Overall Length: 81.7 inches
  • Overall Width: 32.1 inches
  • Overall Height: 44.9 inches
  • Seat Height: 32.7 inches

One thing I particularly like about the XSR900, along with the retro bodywork and exposed aluminum details (I admit, I’m a sucker) is the sporty chassis. The narrow frame feels light, and handling feels graceful. The front and rear suspension are also adjustable, so I can customize my ride to my liking or match the condition of the road if the need arises. This bike is light for its class and handles like it. However, it shouldn’t be underestimated. You know, with great power comes great responsibility and all.

For now, these abilities are in hands like mine, and the XSR900 and I are in for a a fun time. 


What are your thoughts on the Yamaha XSR900? Leave me a comment and let me know! 


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Logan Reed

Written by Logan Reed

Rider. Writer. Harley life-r. Follow my coverage of everything from tips for motorcycle riders, to motorcycle humor, and everything else to do with living life on two wheels.