2022 Yamaha XSR900 Second Experience Assessment


Saddle up aboard Yamaha’s overhauled 2022 XSR900 retro sport naked in this review.

Saddle up aboard Yamaha’s overhauled 2022 XSR900 retro sport bare on this assessment. (Joseph Agustin/)

Yamaha pairs retro styling vibes with sport using ethos with its new and improved 2022 XSR900. Outlined as a retro-styled sport bare bike, the ‘22 XSR builds on the unique platform that debuted for the 2016 mannequin yr.

Editor’s be aware: We initially reviewed the XSR900 in the course of the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 First Experience Assessment. Learn the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 First Look Preview to study its technical enhancements.

The XSR was initially based mostly on the unique FZ-09. The idea behind this platform is having a motorbike that’s sporty, but contains cool retro styling that acknowledges Yamaha’s historical past of producing among the most beautiful bikes on the highway.

Like earlier than, the XSR continues to be based mostly off the overhauled for ‘21 MT-09. Now we have reported on this streetbike extensively in the course of the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 MC Commute Assessment and Yamaha Builds a Higher Triumph – 2021 MT-09 Assessment articles and movies. This XSR advantages from the identical longer-stroke 890cc CP3 triple-cylinder engine. It additionally advantages from the improved chassis, new suspension, and different creature comforts.

We love this crisp-sounding triple. It provides gobs of torque. It has a extremely candy engine and exhaust be aware, and it places out quantity of energy to the tune of practically 106 hp and upwards of 63 lb.-ft. torque on the contact patch of the OE-fitted 180-series Bridgestone Battlax S22 shoe.

This CP3 powerplant advantages from up to date electronics. It contains 4 adjustable mixed engine and throttle maps. PWR 1 is essentially the most aggressive, 4 is the least. We just like the intimate response of the primary setting. It’s paired with IMU-powered traction and wheelie management (Yamaha calls it “carry management”). It’s very simple to tweak the settings contained in the menu. Yamaha additionally contains two-way-adjustable Brake Management. The BC 1 setting is the much less aggressive ABS interplay setting. Nevertheless it doesn’t supply a lean-sensitive cornering perform. Conversely, in BC 2 (extra aggressive ABS programming) cornering ABS is included (Yamaha Motor gained’t name it this, however this mode is lean-angle delicate).

At our tempo on the road, we didn’t have ABS kick on. We did nevertheless really feel it intervene a few instances throughout monitor responsibility. However to be honest, that would have been us not squeezing the brake lever in a easy method. Nonetheless, the ABS program on this bike is calibrated very properly for its supposed use, which is a mixture of road using and monitor using.

Talking of monitor using, we rode this bike at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Southern California and Sonoma Raceway in northern California. And this bike is an absolute hoot to experience on the circuit. We just like the extra aggressive ergonomics, courtesy of the decrease clubman handlebar and decrease seat. It makes for a extra far ahead canted using place. The adjustable footpegs are one other good contact. We most well-liked the footpegs within the decrease setting, however in the event you needed a little bit bit extra floor clearance or are a shorter individual, you’ll be able to transfer these footpegs up a little bit bit.

Regardless of its stretched wheelbase with an almost 2-inch-longer swingarm, it actually cuts instructions properly. On monitor, it feels much like a Hayabusa the place it provides gobs of stability. You lean it over and you may punch the throttle and it isn’t doing something loopy. It tracks splendidly.

The one draw back is the entrance wheel feels kicked out so really feel will not be the very best once you’re on the sting of the Bridgestones. We love the suspension on this bike, particularly for road using. With over 5 inches of suspension journey, this bike sucks the bumps up properly on the road. We’re not offered on the upside-down kind rear suspension linkage that these MT-09 and XSR900s now make use of, however they perform properly for road responsibility. On the racetrack it loses a little bit little bit of its dealing with efficiency at velocity, however then once more, these bikes aren’t trackbikes, they’re streetbikes. They usually flirt that line very properly.

In typical Motorcyclist testing protocol we operated this bike at evening, and the LED headlamp does a really good job of illuminating the highway. I like that this car comes with LED flip alerts and an LED taillight.

Styling is certainly one of our favourite options. We love how the Tuning Fork model is paying homage to the place it’s been. We admire the boxy-style seat junction and the form of the three.7-gallon gasoline tank. This bike has quite a lot of cool styling touches, just like the quick-release fasteners. It makes you’re feeling such as you’re using an outdated Yamaha bike.

The Legend Blue paint that Yamaha used to run on its ‘80s-era GP bikes is simply beautiful. If you pull as much as a cease signal, individuals are going to note you on this bike. The rearview mirrors, I like how they’re built-in into the bike by way of styling, however they make the handlebar overly extensive when splitting lanes in site visitors, and even maneuvering by the storage. We want this bike had simply conventional mirror stalks.

The Brembo radial grasp cylinder provides a delightful braking really feel. The rear brake is sweet too. This bike stops shortly and has above-average braking response.

By way of upkeep, this bike goes 6,000 miles between oil adjustments, 12,000 miles between engine oil filter adjustments. The valve inspection interval on this engine is simply over 24,000 miles. So that you’re not going to spend some huge cash monkeying with this bike. These Yammies are constructed to final; made in Japan, and include a one-year guarantee.

The colour instrumentation employs sharp, crisp fonts, however it’s too small. The tactile perform of the swap gear wants enchancment too. Whereas it’s simple to make use of after you determine easy methods to navigate the menu system, particularly in the event you’ve ridden different Yamaha bikes, we’d wish to see some enhancements on the colour TFT measurement and the tactile perform of the swap gear.

Apart from the extensive mirrors, restricted gasoline capability, and aforementioned instrumentation/swap gear, for $10,000 it is a good experience. The engine has tons of efficiency and sounds as superior as a Triumph triple, but delivers much less vibration by the controls. It handles properly on the road, and at monitor. It provides easy-to-use electronics that assist you to experience the bike extra to your potential. And it simply plain appears to be like superior. For those who’re on the lookout for a enjoyable and reasonably priced retro sportbike that checks quite a lot of bins, look into this 2022 XSR900.

Gear Field

Helmet: Arai Quantum-X

Jacket: REV’IT! Blackwater

Gloves: REV’IT! Kinetic

Pant: REV’IT! Piston

Boots: TCX Rush 2 Air

2022 Yamaha XSR900 Technical Specs and Value

MSRP: $9,999
Engine: DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-three; 12 valves
Displacement: 890cc
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 62.1mm
Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Transmission/Remaining Drive: 6-speed/chain
Claimed Horsepower: 105.97 hp @ 9,970 rpm
Claimed Torque: 63.49 lb.-ft. @ 7,030 rpm
Gas System: Gas injection w/ YCC-T ride-by-wire
Clutch: Moist, multiplate slipper/help; cable actuated
Engine Administration/Ignition: Digital (transistorized)
Body: Management-filled die-cast aluminum Deltabox
Entrance Suspension: KYB 41mm inverted fork, spring preload, compression and rebound damping adjustable; 5.1 in. journey
Rear Suspension: KYB shock, spring preload, rebound damping adjustable; 5.4 in. journey
Entrance Brakes: Twin 298mm discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake: 245mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels: 10-spoke, aluminum spin cast; 17 in./17 in.
Tires: Bridgestone Battlax S22; 120/70ZR-17; 180/55ZR-17
Rake/Path: 25.0°/4.3 in.
Wheelbase: 58.9 in.
Floor Clearance: 5.5 in.
Seat Top: 31.9 in.
Gas Capability: 3.7 gal.
Claimed Curb Weight: 425 lb.
Contact: yamahamotorsports.com

Yamaha’s 2022 XSR900 ($9,999) is based off of the new-for-2021 MT-09 naked.

Yamaha’s 2022 XSR900 ($9,999) is predicated off of the new-for-2021 MT-09 bare. (Joseph Agustin/)

The 2022 XSR900 employs more aggressive ergonomics that are a good compromise between sport and everyday riding.

The 2022 XSR900 employs extra aggressive ergonomics which can be compromise between sport and on a regular basis using. (Joseph Agustin/)

With its longer swingarm the XSR900 offers plenty of stability at lean. It’s a fun and forgiving bike for general sport riding.

With its longer swingarm the XSR900 provides loads of stability at lean. It’s a enjoyable and forgiving bike for common sport using. (Joseph Agustin/)

We love the punchy character of the XSR900’s longer-stroke 890cc CP3 triple. It offers gobs of torque with a sweet engine and exhaust note.

We love the punchy character of the XSR900’s longer-stroke 890cc CP3 triple. It provides gobs of torque with a candy engine and exhaust be aware. (Joseph Agustin/)

The rider’s seat is a comfy place to be. Seat height is accommodating for shorter than average riders and the OE footpeg adjustment is a nice touch.

The rider’s seat is a snug place to be. Seat top is accommodating for shorter than common riders and the OE footpeg adjustment is a pleasant contact. (Joseph Agustin/)

The XSR900 is more than capable for a track day. We like its friendly package making it a good all-arounder on, and off track.

The XSR900 is greater than succesful for a monitor day. We like its pleasant package deal making it all-arounder on, and off monitor. (Joseph Agustin/)

In spite of its longer wheelbase, the 425-pound XSR still offers a high degree of agility.

Regardless of its longer wheelbase, the 425-pound XSR nonetheless provides a excessive diploma of agility. (Joseph Agustin/)

We’re big fans of the XSR900’s tasteful retro vibe. It’s a motorcycle that certainly garners attention at a stop light.

We’re huge followers of the XSR900’s tasteful retro vibe. It’s a motorbike that actually garners consideration at a cease gentle. (Joseph Agustin/)

The color TFT display is crisp with sharp fonts, however we wish it was larger in terms of physical size.

The colour TFT show is crisp with sharp fonts, nevertheless we want it was bigger by way of bodily measurement. (Joseph Agustin/)

Motorcyclists seeking an attractive sport naked with many of the modern bells and whistles will appreciate Yamaha’s $9,999 XSR900.

Motorcyclists in search of a horny sport bare with most of the fashionable bells and whistles will admire Yamaha’s $9,999 XSR900. (Joseph Agustin/)

For sport motorcyclists seeking an unintimidating naked bike all-arounder, you should check out the 2022 XSR900.

For sport motorcyclists in search of an unintimidating bare bike all-arounder, you need to take a look at the 2022 XSR900. (Joseph Agustin/)


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