Yamaha has taken the covers off the 2022 XSR900, and it looks glorious. The all-new model gets much-needed updates all around, the most significant of which is to its power plant, technology, and styling.
After Yamaha launched the new MT-09 last year, it was only a matter of time before it did the same with the XSR900. The two models share several components, including the aluminum frame and inline three-cylinder engine.
What separates the two are their respective designs. While the MT-09 and the rest of the MT lineup are made to be factory naked streetfighters, the XSR900 and its siblings evoke a more classic look. This retro style is made more apparent this year, as the new model channels an 80s-inspired design.
Getting to the engine, it gets the same upgrade as the MT-09. It's now an 889cc power plant that delivers two more horses at 117 hp with 93 Nm of torque. The mill connects to a constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox.
As for the suspension, the XSR900 features a telescopic KYB fork and mono-shock, plus radial calipers controlled by a Brembo radial master cylinder. The tech is seriously upgraded with a six-axis IMU that now allows for advanced features. Things like Yamaha’s slide control system, traction control, and cornering ABS are now available.
There's also cruise control and an up-and-down quickshifter with a slip-assist clutch. Everything is controllable on the 3.5-inch color TFT display that can change riding modes, traction control settings, and various riding information.
The 2022 Yamaha XSR900 will be available in Europe starting next February. Local availability is to be determined, but chances are good, as the outgoing model is still available in the Philippines for P599,000.