2022 Yamaha XSR900 Second Trip Evaluate


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 evaluate. (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 notice: We initially reviewed the XSR900 throughout the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 First Trip Evaluate. Learn the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 First Look Preview to find out about its technical enhancements.

The XSR was initially primarily based on the unique FZ-09. The speculation 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 primarily based off the overhauled for ‘21 MT-09. Now we have reported on this streetbike extensively throughout the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 MC Commute Evaluate and Yamaha Builds a Higher Triumph – 2021 MT-09 Evaluate 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 presents gobs of torque. It has a extremely candy engine and exhaust notice, and it places out an excellent 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 straightforward 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 provide a lean-sensitive cornering operate. Conversely, in BC 2 (extra aggressive ABS programming) cornering ABS is included (Yamaha Motor received’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 occasions throughout monitor obligation. However to be truthful, that might have been us not squeezing the brake lever in a easy method. Nonetheless, the ABS program on this motorbike is calibrated very effectively for its meant 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 motorbike 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 popular the footpegs within the decrease setting, however should you wished somewhat bit extra floor clearance or are a shorter particular person, you’ll be able to transfer these footpegs up somewhat bit.

Regardless of its stretched wheelbase with an almost 2-inch-longer swingarm, it actually cuts instructions effectively. On monitor, it feels just like a Hayabusa the place it presents gobs of stability. You lean it over and you’ll 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 is just not one of the best while you’re on the sting of the Bridgestones. We love the suspension on this motorbike, particularly for road using. With over 5 inches of suspension journey, this bike sucks the bumps up effectively on the road. We’re not offered on the upside-down sort rear suspension linkage that these MT-09 and XSR900s now make use of, however they operate effectively for road obligation. On the racetrack it loses somewhat little bit of its dealing with efficiency at pace, however then once more, these bikes aren’t trackbikes, they’re streetbikes. They usually flirt that line very effectively.

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

Styling is one among 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 gas tank. This motorbike has quite a lot of cool styling touches, just like the quick-release fasteners. It makes you are feeling such as you’re using an previous Yamaha bike.

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

The Brembo radial grasp cylinder offers a satisfying braking really feel. The rear brake is sweet too. This motorbike stops rapidly and has above-average braking response.

When it comes to upkeep, this motorbike 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 operate of the swap gear wants enchancment too. Whereas it’s straightforward to make use of after you determine easy methods to navigate the menu system, particularly should you’ve ridden different Yamaha bikes, we’d prefer to see some enhancements on the colour TFT measurement and the tactile operate of the swap gear.

Other than the huge mirrors, restricted gas 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 via the controls. It handles effectively on the road, and at monitor. It presents easy-to-use electronics that show you how to experience the motorbike extra to your potential. And it simply plain seems to be superior. When you’re searching for a enjoyable and reasonably priced retro sportbike that checks quite a lot of packing containers, 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
Gasoline System: Gasoline 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.
Gasoline 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) relies 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 might be an excellent 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 presents loads of stability at lean. It’s a enjoyable and forgiving bike for basic 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 presents gobs of torque with a candy engine and exhaust notice. (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 comfortable 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 bundle making it an excellent 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 presents 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 definitely garners consideration at a cease mild. (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 when it comes to 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 looking for a lovely sport bare with most of the fashionable bells and whistles will admire Yamaha’s $9,999 XSR900. (Joseph Agustin/)

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

For sport motorcyclists looking for an intimidating bare bike all-arounder, you need to take a look at the 2022 XSR900. (Joseph Agustin/)



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