Yamaha has revealed its 2022 XSR900 naked bike that brings new retro styling features and adopts key performance and technology updates that debuted this year on the mechanically related MT-09.
While exact specification and pricing details have yet to be locked in for the local market, Yamaha’s Australian wing told INFO MOTO that it will release the new XSR900 likely around the second quarter of next year.
The Japanese manufacturer is also expected to unveil a number of new models in the coming weeks as part of the EICMA motorcycle show festivities in Milan, Italy. These new models could include an updated XSR700 – the XSR900’s MT-07-based sibling – or perhaps a higher-spec XSR900 SP variant that adds uprated Ohlins suspension.
Motivating the new Yamaha XSR900 is the brand’s latest 889cc three-cylinder engine generating 87.5kW and 93Nm. That translates to to a 3kW boost to power and a 5.5Nm increase in torque compared to that of the outgoing model’s 847cc powerplant.
The updated bike is also two kilograms lighter than its predecessor at 193 kilograms (wet), thanks in part to a revised chassis with a longer swingarm.
Like the platform sharing MT-09 naked bike, the new XSR900 features a six-axis electronics suite for the first time to offer more advanced traction control and cornering ABS. Rider modes can be toggled using a full colour TFT dash unit.
Other notable technology features include an up/down quickshifter as standard and cruise control.
Braking has been upgraded with the inclusion of a Brembo radial master cylinder and 298mm dual front discs, while the suspension packages sees fully adjustable upside-down forks and a link-type rear-end.
The Yamaha XSR900 is positioned as a modern naked sportsbike with retro design elements, and as such the new bike is distinguished by a new round LED lighting signature, a cafe-racer-style humped seat, a 1980s-racebike-inspired fuel tank (14L), among many classic styling touches.
At time of writing, the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 has been shown in two colour schemes, Legend Blue and Midnight Black.
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