Yamaha will next year launch its new XSR900 GP, a new variant built on its heritage middleweight naked bike platform that harks back to Grand Prix racebikes of the 1980s.
The 2024 Yamaha XSR900 GP is distinguished by a large cowl and unique bodywork, among other upgrades, that are reminiscent of Wayne Rainey’s 500cc Grand Prix winning racebike as well as the brand’s FZR and TZR production sportsbikes from the same era.
This new bodywork includes a retro front fairing with a compact LED light, and is supported by a structure identical to that used for Yamaha’s original TZ250. More over, this structure is fastened with a beta pin, marking the first time Yamaha has utilised this setup on a production model.
Motivating the bike is an unchanged 889cc three-cylinder engine generating 87.5kW and 93Nm, although Yamaha says that the front cowl should increase acceleration and top speed and help distribute air for improved cooling.
This cockpit design also showcases unique clip-on handlebars to give a sportier riding position, while the fully adjustable KYB suspension has been fettled to handle the increased load on the front wheel.
A new 5.0-inch TFT screen offers four different themes including a traditional analogue-style tacho, which can be controlled via new switchgear. Rounding out the tech upgrades is also a six-axis IMU and Yamaha’s latest-generation up/down quickshifter.
Other notable specs include a thicker colour-matched seat, chassis upgrades for optimised rigidity, new footpegs and sticky Bridgestone Battlax Hypersport S23 tyres fitted as standard.
The bike will be available in a nostalgic Legend Red livery, as well as a more restrained Power Grey colour scheme.
Pricing has yet to be locked in, however, it will surely come at a premium compared to the standard XSR900 which is available from $18,049 rideaway.
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