Yamaha revives past glory with 2022 XSR900 and XSR700

YAMAHA have revived the past with the introduction of an updated XSR700 and XSR900. Each model pays tribute to an iconic motorcycle from the company’s rich history, while at the same time offering the very latest engine and chassis technology.

The Deltabox-style frame is a perfect example of how the XSR900 blends Yamaha heritage design with the latest road sports technology like nothing else. Forty years ago, the bike maker was the first to walk away from tubular frames for the new design.

The new XSR900 now features a radically improved Deltabox chassis, along with a muscular fuel tank and vented body panels. The new look can trace its heritage back to the original 1980s racers that changed the motorcycle world.

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A lighter, stronger and sharper aluminium chassis results in better straight line stability without affecting agility. The head pipe is located 30mm lower than the previous model for increased feeling when cornering. This allows the handlebars to be mounted lower too.

Straight line stability is also enhanced by the fitment of a box-section aluminium swingarm
that is 55mm longer than before, and a new model-specific subframe is featured. The swingarm now pivots inside the frame, which is a slimmer and more rigid design.

The XSR900’s fuel tank is inspired by Yamaha’s 80s-era grand prix road racers, and features air intakes at the front that not only help to enhance engine efficiency, but also transmit the powerful sound of the intake roar to the rider at higher speeds.

The relationship between the sculpted 15-litre fuel tank and humped seat gives a riding position further behind the bike’s midpoint as well, almost above the rear axle.

Much attention was focused on the shapes of the parts that the rider comes into contact with compact vented side panels giving the XSR900 a minimalistic look, and the tank’s race style filler cap underlines the bike’s sporting heritage.

2022 Yamaha XSR900
2022 Yamaha XSR900

High quality components are evident throughout, and the new Brembo radial front master cylinder underlines the bike’s cutting-edge specification, backing up its very impressive sporting potential.

Attention to detail can be seen in the beautifully made forged brake pedal that controls the
245mm rear disc. Suspension is first class, and features fully adjustable KYB USD front forks with a gold finish that enhances the bike’s appearance.

The link-type rear suspension features a forward inclined adjustable KYB shock virtually hidden from sight to give the rear a clean and sleek appearance. The wheels are also 700g lighter than before.

An endearing characteristic of the original XSR900, the round headlight, has been continued, but takes it to the next level with full LED functionality. The XSR900 comes fitted with a hidden LED taillight located beneath the seat hump as well.

LED flashers underline the elegant and sporty lines of this high performance bike. The cockpit is enhanced with a machined top triple clamp, drilled fork caps and an aluminium XSR logo.

Other features include an embossed aluminium rear underplate, forged foot controls, and black brake reservoirs and bar end mirrors. For 2022, it’s powered by a larger capacity 889cc CP3 engine, producing stronger, linear torque for outstanding acceleration.

Compared to the previous motor, the new unit features a 3mm longer stroke to give an extra 43cc, and virtually all of the major internal components have been redesigned and lightened to make this one of the strongest performers in its class.

The XSR900’s new exhaust features unequal length headers and dual-sided outlets, and by
experimenting with muffler chamber size, the ideal sound was achieved. Together with the
3-duct design with dual air-intakes, the noise was also perfectly orchestrated.

2022 Yamaha XSR900
2022 Yamaha XSR900

To handle the its markedly increased torque levels, the A&S clutch is uprated with different friction plates, and the cam angle of the clutch is changed from 30 degrees to 33 degrees. The 6-speed transmission has been optimised with slightly higher gear ratios.

At the heart of XSR900’s new system is a 6-axis inertial measurement unit that uses two sensors to measure three-axis velocity and three-axis acceleration. The 2022 model will come with a slide control system, anti-wheelie control, and full quick shifter.

Cruise control and selectable ride modes, and a new 3.5-inch full colour TFT display to enhance the rider experience, also feature.

To strengthen the link with the innovation and success from the 80s, the new model is presented in a modern day interpretation of the distinctive colours of GP-winner Christian Sarron.

The Legend Blue colour scheme seamlessly blends the roadster image with racer details. A second Midnight Black colour is also offered, with red highlights and black forks.

Joining the 2022 XSR900 is its XSR700 sibling, available in two hot new retro colours that echo the legendary liquid-cooled two-strokes of the 1980s, Historic White and Historic Black.

Yamaha’s RDLC range took the two wheeled world by storm and the new XSR700 is set to bring back the passion, with a new LED headlight, larger and reshaped front brake disc for improved stopping performance and a revised cockpit layout.

Neat design touches include the scalloped paint lines that nod to the popular 40-year-old
250 and 350cc hot rods.  Yamaha’s XSR700 is based on the MT-07LA model and is fully LAMs approved.

Power comes from a 655cc twin cylinder 270-degree engine that is tuned to maximise learner bike regulations. Pricing and availability for both bikes will be announced shortly. For further information, please contact your local Yamaha dealer.

2022 Yamaha XSR 700
2022 Yamaha XSR 700
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.


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