Following on the success of the XSR700 that initiated the whole ‘Faster Sons’, Yamaha has just announced the 2016 XSR900 at the EICMA motor show, that adds to the company’s Sport Heritage line of motorcycles. As it goes with Yamaha’s Sport Heritage models, the new XSR900 once again, brings together retro styling cues with modern technology, making for a very stylish motorcylce with all the modern technologies working underneath intact.
The XSR900 pays tribute to the first ever four-stroke motorcycles that came out from the Japanese manufacturer, while making least use of plastic and resin parts. Similar to how Shinya Kimura co-created the visual appeal for the first installment of the ‘Faster Sons’ concept, the XSR900 has been co-created along with American buidler Roland Sands Design, who recently showcased the ‘Faster Wasp’ concept. To give the motorcycle’s Sport Heritage more heft, Yamaha has gone all aluminium with the 14-litre tank’s covers, in addition to aluminium fenders and side panels.
For the engine, the new Yamaha XSR900 features a 850 cc, crossplane, three-cylinder engine from the the FZ-09 (MT-09 in Europe) combined with a similar 6-speed gearbox. In terms of technology underneath, the new XSR900 will come with D-mode (riding modes), standard ABS, traction control and Assistant & Slipper Clutch to offer better riding versatility.
Announced for EICMA 2015, the new XSR900 will be put on sale by February 2016 and will be available in Matt Grey, Rock Slate and a special 60th Anniversary paint scheme.