Yamaha introduces the XSR900

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YAMAHA has given its MT-09 the retro treatment with this, the new XSR900, unveiled at a press conference in Milan tonight.

Influenced by a recent Roland Sands custom build, it's got the MT-09's aluminium frame and 850cc three-cylinder engine with traction control, three riding modes and an assist and slipper clutch.

It's got adjustable 41mm upside-down forks, an adjustable shock and radial-mounted front brake calipers with ABS.

It costs from £7,849.

It was ridden onto stage at the press conference by nine-time MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi, along with his team-mate and current world champion Jorge Lorenzo, who rode the new MT-10.

Yamaha also revealed at the press conference that all of its Sport Heritage range, including the XSR900, would be available in the firm's classic yellow and black speed block livery next year.

It pushes the price of the XSR900 to £7,999. The only other colour option is 'Garage Metal'. 

Yamaha said in a press release:

'Building on the success of the XSR700, The all-new XSR900 steps up to join the Sport Heritage range, again paying tribute to the iconic motorcycles of Yamaha’s past, including the first 4-stroke model,

'The simple, timeless styling of the XSR900 is perfectly blended with colour schemes and graphics to reflect Yamaha’s sporty DNA, its history and its iconic motorcycles of the past. Beneath the retro inspired exterior lies the latest and best of Yamaha’s technology, promising a true emotional riding experience.

'The XSR900 delivers on its authentic feel with minimal use of plastic resin parts, instead offering high quality components to reward the senses. A 14-litre fuel tank with aluminium covers takes centre stage ahead of a split level stitched seat and is complimented by front and rear aluminium fenders, aluminium side covers and a sporty aluminium headlight stay. A matt black exhaust system with contrasting polished muffler end cap provides a throaty soundtrack to any riding adventure.'

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