YAMAHA “XSR900” Released in North America

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YAMAHA unveiled the XSR900 in North America, ahead of its European debut. The body specifications and equipment of the 2022 U.S.-spec XSR900 are basically the same as those of the European specification, and the proposed price in North America is only $500 higher than that of the 2022 MT-09 of $9,499.

Amazing MSRP!

Following in the footsteps of Europe, YAMAHA has unveiled its new classic street motorcycle in North America, the XSR900, which is based on the MT-09 that debuted in the 2020 model year and features a new YZF-R1-like aluminum frame, a parallel three-cylinder engine that passes EURO 5 standards, and a retro 1980s style.

Compared with the old XSR900, the thinnest part of the aluminum frame made by CF die-casting technology is only 1.3mm, which not only reduces the weight but also lowers the head tube position by 30mm, and with the longer rear swingarm, it improves the lightness of steering and straight-line stability. The wheelbase of 1495mm is 65mm longer than that of the MT-09, close to the 1500mm of the Tracer 9GT, and the seat height has been restrained to 810mm, with a newly designed sub-bench and a longer rear swingarm, all of which are shaped to emphasize the low and long image of 1980s racing.

The engine is a water-cooled four-stroke DOHC four-valve parallel three-cylinder engine like the MT-09, with a displacement of 889cc and passing the EURO 5 standard, produces 119ps at 10,000rpm and 93Nm at 7,000rpm. The shape of the fuel tank was also inspired by the 1980s WGP motorcycles, with a strong suction sound audible through the front intake. In addition, the beefy fuel tank and segmented saddle make it easier for the rider's buttocks to push back against the saddle to hold the body in place.

The new XSR900 surpasses past standards in texture and design, such as the handlebar terminal mirrors, embossed aluminum rear panel, forged pedal lever, black brake fuel tank, machined upper triangle, and aluminum XSR logo, adding flair and luxury in many details.

The main color of the new XSR900 is a blue color called "Legend Blue", which was the color of the YZR500 ridden by Christian Sarron of Sonault Yamaha (now Yamaha France). It was also the corporate color of Yamaha's main sponsor, Gauloises, and was used in the WGP races in the 1980's. The RZ250R, TZR250 and FZR400 in 1986 were also painted in this color scheme.

The most important part is the price. The MSRP of the 2022 XSR900 is US$9,999, which is a small increase compared to the MT-09's US$9,499. Incidentally, the YZF-R7, an eye-catching sports model with a twin-cylinder engine, is available in North America for $8,999. It is clear that this pricing strategy will make Yamaha's 2022 campaign very aggressive and competitive!

 

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2022 US-spec XSR900

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Raven (Raven Black)

Main specifications

Model 2022 XSR900
Total length x width x height (mm) 2,155×860×1,155mm
Seat height (mm) 810mm
Wheelbase (mm) 1,495mm
Vehicle weight (kg) 193kg (equipment weight)
Engine type Water-cooled four-stroke DOHC 4-valve parallel three-cylinder
Displacement 889cc
Maximum horsepower 119ps/10000rpm
Maximum torque 9.5 kg-m/7000rpm
Fuel tank capacity 15L
Tire size Front 120/70ZR17
Rear 180/55ZR17
Brake  Front φ298mm double disc + 4-piston brake caliper
Rear φ245mm single disc + single-piston brake caliper

※All data for US regulations

 

"Webike Taiwan" Editorial Department-Report by JIMMY

 

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