Yamaha pairs retro styling vibes with sport using ethos with its new and improved 2022 XSR900. Outlined as a retro-styled sport naked bike, the ‘22 XSR builds on the unique platform that debuted for the 2016 model year.
Editor’s be aware: We initially reviewed the XSR900 in the course of the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 First Ride Review. 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 bike that’s sporty, but consists of cool retro styling that acknowledges Yamaha’s historical past of producing a number of the most beautiful bikes on the street.
Like earlier than, the XSR continues to be primarily based off the overhauled for ‘21 MT-09. We’ve reported on this streetbike extensively in the course of the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 MC Commute Review and Yamaha Builds a Better Triumph – 2021 MT-09 Review 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 be aware, and it places out a superb quantity of energy to the tune of almost 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 consists of 4 adjustable mixed engine and throttle maps. PWR 1 is probably 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 “elevate management”). It’s very straightforward to tweak the settings contained in the menu. Yamaha additionally consists of 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 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 instances throughout monitor responsibility. However to be honest, that might have been us not squeezing the brake lever in a easy method. Nonetheless, the ABS program on this bike is calibrated very nicely for its meant use, which is a mixture of avenue 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 popular the footpegs within the decrease setting, however should you wished just a little bit extra floor clearance or are a shorter particular person, you possibly can transfer these footpegs up just a little bit.
Regardless of its stretched wheelbase with a virtually 2-inch-longer swingarm, it actually cuts instructions nicely. On monitor, it feels just like a Hayabusa the place it presents 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 just isn’t one of the best while you’re on the sting of the Bridgestones. We love the suspension on this bike, particularly for avenue using. With over 5 inches of suspension journey, this bike sucks the bumps up nicely on the road. We’re not bought on the upside-down kind rear suspension linkage that these MT-09 and XSR900s now make use of, however they operate nicely for avenue responsibility. On the racetrack it loses just a little 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 nicely.
In typical Motorcyclist testing protocol we operated this bike at evening, and the LED headlamp does a really good job of illuminating the street. I like that this automobile comes with LED flip indicators and an LED taillight.
Styling is one in all our favourite options. We love how the Tuning Fork model is paying homage to the place it’s been. We recognize the boxy-style seat junction and the form of the three.7-gallon gasoline tank. This bike has loads 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 gorgeous. Whenever you pull as much as a cease signal, persons 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 huge when splitting lanes in visitors, and even maneuvering by way of 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 rapidly 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, nevertheless 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 how you can navigate the menu system, particularly should you’ve ridden different Yamaha bikes, we’d wish to see some enhancements on the colour TFT measurement and the tactile operate of the swap gear.
Except for the huge 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 way of the controls. It handles nicely on the road, and at monitor. It presents easy-to-use electronics that assist you experience the bike extra to your potential. And it simply plain seems to be superior. For those who’re on the lookout for a enjoyable and inexpensive retro sportbike that checks loads of bins, look into this 2022 XSR900.
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
|Engine:||DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-three; 12 valves|
|Bore x Stroke:||78.0 x 62.1mm|
|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 solid; 17 in./17 in.|
|Tires:||Bridgestone Battlax S22; 120/70ZR-17; 180/55ZR-17|
|Floor Clearance:||5.5 in.|
|Seat Peak:||31.9 in.|
|Gasoline Capability:||3.7 gal.|
|Claimed Curb Weight:||425 lb.|