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2017 Yamaha XSR900 Review

2017 Yamaha XSR900
2017 Yamaha XSR900

2017 Yamaha XSR900
2017 Yamaha XSR900

2017 Yamaha XSR900
2017 Yamaha XSR900

2017 Yamaha XSR900
2017 Yamaha XSR900

2017 Yamaha XSR900
2017 Yamaha XSR900

2017 Yamaha XSR900 Review

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The XSR900™ blends Yamaha engineering with neo-retro style, creating a thrilling, timeless machine for riders seeking an authentic and honest motorcycle with plenty of performance.

Based on the popular FZ-09, the XSR900 is a beautiful blend of 3-cylinder performance and eye catching “authentic sports” styling. The XSR includes all of the FZ-09’s key features plus traction control and ABS equipped brakes. A natural riding position offers solid riding comfort while the slipper clutch with assist highlights the more serious sports side of the XSR. Tasty, timeless styling combined with plenty of Yamaha’s latest technologies, the XSR is guaranteed to provide a fun, exciting ride.

Born to rule

The XSR900 is the real deal. An exhilarating riding experience delivered by cutting edge technology and influenced by an unrivalled racing heritage. The best of Yamaha’s latest engineering is wrapped in a retro design, paying tribute to timeless classic machines.

The latest in-line, 3-cylinder, 850cc, CP3 Crossplane Concept engine delivers astounding torque and breath-taking acceleration. A super lightweight aluminium frame combined with a natural riding position offers a heightened riding experience and outstanding agility.

The XSR900 takes inspiration from Yamaha’s rich history of sports bikes and motorcycle design, mixed with cutting edge technology.




Liquid-cooled, 850cc in-line 3-cylinder fuel-injected engine with a downdraft intake. The engine has been tuned to provide plenty of low to mid-range torque with strong yet linear throttle response.




You won’t find a lot of plastic parts on the XSR900. The “authentic sports” styling highlights Yamaha’s long racing heritage, but don’t be fooled, there is plenty of cutting edge technology under the aluminum shrouded fuel tank.
*2016 model shown.




Multifunction, digital instrument displays all the info discerning sport riders demand. From a bar style tach to gear position indicator, to instant & average fuel economy, this classic round design liquid crystal instrument adds function and style.

2017 Yamaha XSR900 Key Features

•A Style All Its Own
The XSR900™ blends Yamaha’s world-class engineering with standout neo-retro style, creating a new type of machine for riders looking for an authentic and honest motorcycle that doesn’t sacrifice performance. Drawing influence from Yamaha’s classic “XS” series of motorcycles, the XSR oozes class, with exposed aluminum details, retro-influenced bodywork, stepped seat and custom lighting and instrumentation.
•Advanced Crossplane Crankshaft Concept Engine
The XSR900 features a thrilling 847cc Crossplane Crankshaft Concept liquid-cooled inline 3-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valve-per-cylinder engine based on the FZ-09™. The compact motor offers the best balance of both 2- and 4-cylinder designs, with an exciting, torquey and quick-revving engine character.
•Cutting-Edge Electronics
The XSR900 combines a classic heritage with modern performance, featuring ride-by-wire YCC-T® engine control, adjustable D-MODE throttle response, and an adjustable Traction Control System, allowing the rider to make the most of the potent engine and chassis.
•Powerful Braking with ABS
The XSR900 provides exceptional braking power with confidence thanks to sportbike-spec brakes backed up with the security of ABS.
•Compact, Sporty Chassis
The narrow aluminum frame features sport-oriented geometry to achieve light and nimble handling. Adjustable suspension front and rear allows the rider to customize their XSR900 to match road conditions and personal preferences.

2017 Yamaha XSR900 Features and Benefits

///Key Highlights
•847cc, DOHC, 4-valve / cylinder, liquid-cooled, 42.5 degree inclined, inline-3 cylinder engine
•Offset, ceramic composite plated cylinder
•CP3 crankshaft with fracture split connecting rods
•Yamaha’s chip controlled throttle (YCC-T)
•Slipper clutch with assist function
• D-Modes (3)
•Traction Control
•ABS brakes
•Adjustable suspension front & rear
•Neo-retro “authentic sports ” styling

•Compact, 847cc, DOHC, 12-valve (4/cyl), liquid-cooled, 42.5 degree inclined, inline-three cylinder engine.
•engine is tuned to provide plenty of low & mid-range torque
•strong yet linear throttle response
•meets or exceeds Europe’s EU-4 emission regulations
•4-valve, downdraft style combustion chamber
•excellent torque output… especially in the low to mid rpm range
•4-valve design maximizes flow into & out of combustion chambers
•31 mm intake & 25 mm exhaust valves
•stainless steel valves feature an Isonite surface treatment & carburized tips for excellent durability & wear resistance
•Valve adjustment intervals are every 42,000 kms.
•120 degree CP3… cross plane concept crankshaft.
•design reduces inertial torque while emphasizing linear torque
•design has been optimized to achieve strong torque over a broad rpm range
•fast, linear throttle response
•engine design allows a whole new level of “rider – machine communication”
•Lightweight “coupling force balancer”.
•reduces engine vibration for excellent rider comfort
•”Fracture split” connecting rods feature a “nut-less” design.
•lower end “cap” of the rod is made from the same piece of material as the upper portion; the 2 pieces are “split” apart using a special fracturing process & then machined and re-mated
•design aids in establishing true big end roundness & greater precision in con rod dimensions for excellent durability despite the higher horsepower loads.
• Lightweight, forged, aluminum short skirt pistons.
•lightweight design for fast engine response
•reduces mechanical vibration
•excellent durability
•Direct ceramic composite plated cylinder uses “liner less” bores.
•ceramic coating sprayed directly on the aluminum block, eliminating the liners & reducing weight
•excellent heat dissipation for consistent power delivery
•coating enhances the thin film of oil between the cylinders & pistons, reducing friction & increasing power
•Offset cylinder design.
•cylinder is “offset” relative to the crank (toward exhaust side)
•reduces frictional losses between the pistons & the cylinder walls during the power stroke for improved power output
•One-piece cylinder & upper crankcase assembly.
•superior engine & chassis rigidity (engine is a stressed member)
•reduces weight
• Lightweight, hollow, high performance camshafts.
•cam profiles are designed for excellent torque in the low & mid rpm range
•Crankcases feature a “Tri-Axis” layout for the crank, main & drive axles.
•creates a more compact & shorter engine front to back
•shorter engine allows for optimum engine placement in the “sweet spot” of frame for desired weight distribution & great handling
• Closed loop, Mikuni, 41 mm, throttle body fuel injection system.
•system uses throttle position sensor (TPS) & acceleration position sensor (APS)
•12 hole injectors
•injectors spray fuel directly at the intake valve
•”closed loop system” uses an oxygen sensor to “sniff” spent exhaust & automatically adjust the fuel / air ratio for reduced emissions
•fuel injection benefits include choke-free starting, steady idling during warm up, excellent fuel economy & reduced emissions
• Yamaha Chip Control Throttle (YCC-T).
•YCC-T electronically controls throttle valves for outstanding throttle response & controllability
•YCC-T system provides precise control of intake air volume for a smoother torque curve
•ECU that controls YCC-T is capable of responding to changes at a speed of 1000th of a second
•Yamaha D-Mode variable throttle control … 3 modes available.
•enables the rider to adjust the performance characteristics of the engine based on riding preferences or riding conditions
•”STD” (standard) Mode emphasizes very linear throttle & torque feel of the engine
•”A” Mode allows the rider to enjoy even sportier engine performance in the low to mid rpms
•”B” Mode reduces throttle response for riding situations that require softer power characteristics, such as slippery or wet conditions
•D-Mode button is conveniently located on the RHS handle bar switch gear
•Compact, slipper (back limiter) clutch with assist.
•slipper clutch reduces the negative effects of engine braking on handling & suspension
•reduces rear wheel hop/ chatter when decelerating for improved riding performance & smoother corner entries
•assist function reduces clutch lever effort by up to 20%
•Electronic Control Unit (ECU) utilizes a powerful 32-bit processor for fast control of the injection, engine management & ignition processes.
•Air box features unequal internal intake funnel lengths for all 3 cylinders
•benefit is a wide torque curve & exciting intake sound that accentuates the exhaust note
•viscous paper type air filter is used
•Compact 6-speed transmission.
•gear ratios are optimized to accentuate the torque & throttle response of the engine
•Flat design radiator for excellent cooling efficiency.
•aluminum side covers (left & right sides) adds style to the rad
•Liquid-cooled, oil cooler maintains stable lubricant temperatures for extended engine life.
•Convenient spin-on type oil filter & easy access drain plug for fast oil changes.
•Maintenance-free transistor controlled ignition (TCI).
•produces a strong spark for fast starts
•provides precise ignition timing / mapping for optimum engine performance at all rpms
•Stylish, low mounted, 3 into 1 exhaust system.
•muffler is a triple expansion type with a 3-way honeycomb catalyzer to reduce harmful emissions
•low mounted design centralizes mass for excellent handling & light weight feeling
•Air Injection System (AIS… not ram air) injects fresh air into exhaust ports to fully burn any unburnt fuel, reducing exhaust emissions.

•CF (Controlled Filling) die cast, twin spar, diamond-type, aluminum frame
•provides an optimized rigidity balance for sporty handling & excellent stability
•engine is a stressed member of the chassis, allowing a lighter, more compact main frame
•light, agile handling qualities
•Riding position is one of the most important features of the XSR900 chassis.
•upright, natural riding position offers a balance between sporty riding & excellent rider comfort
• Key chassis geometry figures include:
•1440 mm (56.7″) wheelbase, 25 degrees of rake & 103 mm of trail
•front to rear weight distribution is 51 / 49%
•lean angle is approximately 50 degrees, highlighting the sporty nature of the XSR900
•chassis dimensions & shape are designed to enhance the qualities of the 3 cylinder engine & to centralize mass & lower the centre of gravity
•Detachable, round tube steel rear sub frame.
•allows easy access to rear suspension components
•reduces costs in the event of damage
• Externally mounted, C.F. (Controlled Filling) die cast aluminum, truss-type rear swingarm.
•external design means the swingarm mounts on the outside of the frame spars… not the inside
•external design keeps unit narrower in the seat – fuel tank junction which influences seat height & makes it easier to touch the ground
•lightweight design reduces unsprung weight for superior suspension performance
•excellent rear wheel traction & control
•Adjustable, 41 mm inverted cartridge style fork offers 137 mm (5.4″) of wheel travel.
•adjustments include; 15 mm of spring preload adjustment & 12-way rebound damping
•inverted design benefits include: reduced “unsprung” weight & reduced fork flex since the larger diameter tubes are gripped in the triple clamps
•adjustable design allows the rider to tailor suspension settings to match rider weight, load, road conditions & riding style to maximize suspension performance & handling
•Lightweight, aluminum upper & lower triple clamps.
•Adjustable link-type Monocross rear suspension with 130 mm (5.1″) of wheel travel.
•rear shock adjustments include: 7-steps of spring preload & 3 turns of rebound damping
• ABS equipped, dual 298 mm floating front discs squeezed by radial mount, mono-block, 4-piston calipers.
•radial mount design helps to reduce caliper distortion for improved braking performance
•master cylinder uses a 16 mm piston
•excellent stopping power & control with good lever feedback
•5-position adjustable front brake lever
•ABS equipped, 245 mm rear disc is squeezed by a lightweight single piston, slide-type Nissin caliper.
•ABS or Anti-Lock Braking System.
•controlling ECU & hydraulic unit are combined into a single compact unit
•when ABS system senses impending wheel lock-up (via active type wheel sensors) it regulates hydraulic pressure to the point just before the wheel(s) lock-up
•ABS benefits include; excellent control under hard braking or when braking on wet, slippery or loose surfaces
•design reduces weight & centralizes mass
•Lightweight, cast-aluminum 10-spoke wheels.
•lightweight design reduces unsprung weight for excellent suspension & handling characteristics
•front rim size is MT3.50-17
•rear rim size is MT5.50-17
•Conventional, tapered aluminum handlebar.
•lightweight & strong
•offers a comfortable, upright riding position for excellent all day riding comfort
•traditional design allows easy replacement to a different “bend” if desired
• 14-litre fuel tank with replaceable aluminum tank covers.
•slim design with great knee grip
•reserve portion of the tank is 2.7 litres (low fuel light illuminates)
•internal electric fuel pump
•exterior replaceable tank covers /side panels… reduce expenses if damaged
•One piece rider & passenger seat (seat is slightly shorter than FZ-09).
•seat height is 830 mm (32.7″)
•Round, retro design, liquid crystal multi-function meter / instrument.
•functions (all digital) include: speedo, bar-style tachometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, fuel reserve trip meter (counts kilometers since low fuel warning flashed) coolant temp, gear indicator, instant & average fuel consumption, clock, intake air temp, D-mode display, TCS indicator & ECO indicator
•full range of warning lights including ABS & TCS status
•adjustable background illumination
•Neo-retro style 65/55 watt halogen headlight with retro style aluminum headlight brackets / stays.
•highlights the XSR900’s “neo-retro authentic sports styling”
•Vintage style 19 LED rear tail light.
•Neo-retro “authentic sports” body design.
•front fender with aluminum stay, fuel tank panels (3), side covers, rear fender , mirrors & mud guard

///Additional Features
•Lightweight forged aluminum footrests, shifter & rear brake pedal
•Lockable steering
•Durable “O”-ring drive chain
• 4-way emergency flasher
•Convenient oil level sight glass.
• Bungee cord hook points on passenger footpeg mounts
•Excessive lean angle engine cut-out switch (if unit is on its side the engine will shut down)
•Low-maintenance sealed battery (battery should be charged during winter storage)
•Yamaha diagnostic tool connector

NOTE: The XSR900 offers a significant level of power and performance. It is not intended for novice or inexperienced riders.

2017 Yamaha XSR900 – USA Specifications
/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $9,499 – Titanium Blue – Available from February, 2017

Engine Type 847cc liquid-cooled DOHC inline 3-cylinder 4-
stroke; 12 valves
Bore x Stroke 78.0mm x 59.1mm
Compression Ratio 11.5:1
Fuel Delivery Yamaha Fuel Injection with YCC-T
Ignition TCI: Transistor Controlled Ignition
Transmission 6-speed; multiplate assist-and-slipper wet clutch
Final Drive Chain
Suspension / Front 41mm inverted fork, adjustable preload and
rebound damping; 5.4-in travel
Suspension / Rearv Single shock, adjustable preload and rebound
damping; 5.1-in travel
Brakes / Front Dual 298mm discs; ABS
Brakes / Rear 245mm disc; ABS
Tires / Front 120/70ZR17
Tires / Rear 180/55ZR17
L x W x H 81.7 in x 32.1 in x 44.9 in
Seat Height 32.7 in
Wheelbase 56.7 in
Rake (Caster Angle) 25.0°
Trail 4.1 in
Maximum Ground
5.3 in
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal
Fuel Economy** 44 mpg
Wet Weight*** 430 lb
Warranty 1 Year (Limited Factory Warranty)
Color Titanium Blue

2017 Yamaha XSR900 – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $10999 CDN

Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 12-valve (4-valves/cyl), inline-three cylinder
Bore and Stroke
78 x 59.1 mm
Compression Ratio
Maximum Torque
8.9 kg-m (64.3 ft-lbs.) @ 8,500 rpm
Engine Management
YCC-T & D-Mode (3 positions) & Traction Control
Fuel Delivery
Mikuni 41mm throttle body F.I.
Estimated Fuel Consumption±
18.6kpl / 52.5 mpg (Imp.)
Wet sump
Ignition / Starting
TCI / Electric
Final Drive
“O”-ring chain
Suspension (Front)
Adjustable 41mm inverted fork / 137mm (5.4″) wheel travel
Suspension (Rear)
Adjustable link Monocross / 130mm (5.1″) wheel travel
Brakes (Front)
Dual 298mm discs / radial mount, 4-piston calipers / ABS equipped
Brakes (Rear)
245mm disc / single piston caliper / ABS equipped
Tires (Front)
Tires (Rear)
2,075mm (81.7″)
815mm (32.1″)
1,140mm (44.9″)
1,440mm (56.7″)
Rake / Trail
25° / 103mm
Ground Clearance
135 mm (5.3″)
Seat Height
830mm (32.7″)
Fuel Capacity
14 litres (3.1 imp. gallons)
Wet Weight
195 kg (430 lb.)
Metallic Black
Greyish Metallic Blue

2017 Yamaha XSR900 – European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ See dealer GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine type 3-cylinder, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Displacement 847 cm³
Bore x stroke 78.0 mm x 59.1 mm
Compression ratio 11.5 : 1
Maximum power 84.6 kW (115PS) @ 10,000 rpm
Maximum torque 87.5 Nm (8.9 kg-m) @ 8,500 rpm
Lubrication system Wet sump
Clutch type Wet, Multiple Disc
Fuel system Fuel Injection
Ignition system TCI
Starter system Electric
Transmission system Constant Mesh, 6-speed
Final transmission Chain
Fuel consumption 5.2 l/100km
CO2 emission 120 g/km
Frame Diamond
Front suspension system Telescopic forks
Front travel 137 mm
Caster angle 25º
Trail 103 mm
Rear suspension system Swingarm, (Link type suspension)
Rear travel 130 mm
Front brake Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 298 mm
Rear brake Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245 mm
Front tyre 120/70ZR17M/C (58W) (Tubeless)
Rear tyre 180/55ZR17M/C (73W) (Tubeless)
Overall length 2,075 mm
Overall width 815 mm
Overall height 1,135 mm
Seat height 830 mm
Wheel base 1,440 mm
Minimum ground clearance 135 mm
Wet weight (including full oil and fuel tank) 195 kg
Fuel tank capacity 14 L
Oil tank capacity 3.4 L
Remark EU4 compliant

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