2016 - 2019 Yamaha XSR900

2016 - 2019 Yamaha XSR900
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  • Yamaha XSR900
  • Year:
    2016- 2019
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  • Engine:
    inline-3
  • Displacement:
    847 cc
  • Price:
    9499
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A Mix Of Retro Looks and Modern Tech

Influenced by the classic “XS” series from the ’70s and ’80s, the XSR900 from Yamaha shows its roots with retro styling and stepped seating combined with just enough modern tech that you know you’re in the 21st century. At first glance, it looks like a nice little bike: compact and sporty. On second glance...and third...it looks like a whole lot of bike for an affordable price.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha XSR900.

 

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Top 10 Cafe-Racers of 2018

Top 10 Cafe-Racers of 2018

Lightweight, lightly powered motorcycle optimized for speed and handling. And all about the ’70s

Racing on bikes from café to café before a song could finish was the most therapeutic thing to have happened for motorcyclists in the ‘70s. Inspired by this culture, people and manufacturers started building motorcycles with minimal components to take them the distance in the shortest time. It embodied the classic café-racer cues taking us back in time with modern design bits and sophisticated packaging.

Here is our list of the best ten motorcycles of 2018 that remind us of that ‘70s. Round headlights, debonair half-shell fairing, humped seat, rear seat cowl, extended wheelbase, and the low-slung handlebar, it’s all in each one of these machines:

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2016 - 2019 Yamaha XSR900

2016 - 2019 Yamaha XSR900

A Mix Of Retro Looks and Modern Tech

Influenced by the classic “XS” series from the ’70s and ’80s, the XSR900 from Yamaha shows its roots with retro styling and stepped seating combined with just enough modern tech that you know you’re in the 21st century. At first glance, it looks like a nice little bike: compact and sporty. On second glance...and third...it looks like a whole lot of bike for an affordable price.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha XSR900.

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A 1980 Yamaha at 113 mph running on VODKA

A 1980 Yamaha at 113 mph running on VODKA

A land speed record by a Distillery owner, albeit for 72 hours

A few months back, we brought you a piece of a motorcycle powered by Patron Tequila. It was John Paul DeJoria’s "special" one-off 2008-2009 Arlen Ness and Victory motorcycle that runs on…wait for it… Tequila.

Another distillery owner has gone ahead and broken a world record with his alcohol powered motorcycle, this time, it with the Russian favorites, Vodka. The bike running on this elixir - a custom 1980 Yamaha XS850 and it an impressive 113 mph at Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats Motorcycle Speed Trials on August 26.

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The "TYPE 11", another feather on the Yamaha Yard Builds

The "TYPE 11", another feather on the Yamaha Yard Builds

Comes in two variants: "Prototype One" for the track and "Prototype Two" for road

Based out of Southend-on-Sea near London, the Auto Fabrica workshop is set up to design, prototype, manufacture a build from concept to final product. Their latest project is the “TYPE 11” breed of machines that has built two bespoke models for two different riding preferences, underpinned by Yamaha’s XSR 900.

This scent was picked up by the folks at Yamaha Yard Build, guys who ask "talented customizers to provide inspirational ideas on how to transform modern Yamaha models into ’Yard Build’ specials." The TYPE 11 gets the “Prototype One” track only machine and a “Prototype Two” road going version.

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Yamaha Yard Build: XS650 & XSR700 by Greg Hageman

Yamaha Yard Build: XS650 & XSR700 by Greg Hageman

Someone made the old look new and the new look old

Based out of Iowa, custom motorcycle builder Greg Hageman started working on Yamaha motorcycles at the start of this century. His very first one was an XS650 build that basically kicked off his love of vintage Yamahas’. And as they say, the rest is history.

This scent was picked up by the folks at Yamaha Yard Build, guys who ask "talented customizers to provide inspirational ideas on how to transform modern Yamaha models into ’Yard Build’ specials."

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After the XSR 900 and 700, is Yamaha under works with the baby 300?

After the XSR 900 and 700, is Yamaha under works with the baby 300?

Somewhat reviving the legacy of the RD 350 legend.

In the ’80s, Yamaha came in with a motorcycle that was going to obliterate the records on any performance charts available at that time. The RD 350. Made for the Asian markets and later for Europe, this midweight classic was the fastest motorcycle in its segment.

If reports from the Japanese blog are to be believed, a magazine known as YoungMachine has indicated that Yamaha has finally answered our calls. They are prepping up a brand-new avatar for the RD 350 and might call it the XSR 300 that will take up cues from the elder siblings, the XSR 900 and the brand new XSR 700.

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2018 Yamaha XSR700

2018 Yamaha XSR700

The First Bike Under Yamaha’s ’Faster Sons’ Banner

Yamaha’s sport-retro "Faster Son" number one, the XSR700, has passed its test within the European market and is headed to North American dealerships for the 2018 model year...and the Hipsters rejoice! Based largely on the proven FZ-07 (MT-07 overseas) platform, the XSR sports a reinterpretation of a vintage design for a modern-retro look that is clearly meant to draw in the hipster/Millennial crowd as well as those with an appreciation for classic design elements. It isn’t all about the looks though, the mill churns out a claimed 73.8 horsepower and 50.2 pound-feet of torque to push the 410-pound wet weight, so there’s no shortage of thrills to be had on Yamaha’s mid-size roadster. The XSR700 was well received by our brothers and sisters in Europe, but I largely ignored it since it wasn’t available here. That has since changed, so here we go.

Continue reading for my review of the Yamaha XSR700.

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Yamaha XSR900 Abarth

Yamaha XSR900 Abarth

An Italian production butch cafe-racer. A match made in heaven.

When the best of two worlds meet, something spectacular is always bound to happen. And this is what the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth all about. The child of the Japanese Blue team and the Italian powerhouse has surfaced, and it looks absolutely stunning.

Abarth, an Italian tuning brand that turns normal family Fiat cars into their sporty mad-runner nemesis has for the first time tried their hand on motorbikes, thanks to the firm’s association with Yamaha’s MotoGP team. They have collaborated with Yamaha to produce for 2017 a limited-edition "Sport Heritage café racer special" based on Yamaha’s XSR900 847 cc inline-triple neo-retro motorcycle.

It is a lightweight, high-performance retro special whose authentic café racer design reflects the true spirit of the motorcycles in the 60’s era. But make no mistake, it is very much futuristic. This is the perfect blend of ultra-cool retro style with the grunt of a sports racer. And only a limited number of 695 will hit the streets.

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Yamaha Issues Recall On FZ-09, FJ-09 and XSR900

Yamaha Issues Recall On FZ-09, FJ-09 and XSR900

I’ve often heard it repeated that troubles come in threes, and that certainly seems to be the case with this latest round of recalls from the Tuning Fork Company. Apparently, up to 22,433 FZ-09, FJ-09 and XSR900 bikes within the 2015-17 model years may have a potential problem that causes the handlebar clamp to loosen and allow the bars to pivot within the clamp. Needless to say, this is bad, m’kay? It turns out that a pair of mistakes including improper painting and poor application of Loctite is to blame.

Continue reading for more on the Yamaha recall.

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