2024 Yamaha XSR900 GP Preview - A New Retro Road-Racer

2024 Yamaha XSR900 GP Preview - A New Retro Road-Racer

Yamaha has delved into its Grand Prix racing back catalogue for its latest sports bike, the oh-so-retro XSR900 GP

As its name suggests, the Yamaha XSR900 GP is closely related to the XSR900 we rode in 2022. It does, though, dial the retro Grand Prix volume up to eleven and features beautiful 1980s race bike-inspired bodywork and a host of other changes.

And it isn’t just a retro special with little context, as the frame of the machine is linked to the GP bikes that raced in the era. It was in the 500cc World Championship that Yamaha developed what is now well-known as the Deltabox frame, which debuted on the 1982 Yamaha YZR500 0W61. The frame fitted to the XSR900 GP is a descendant of that same design philosophy and ethos.

Before the press launch of this new model, which is taking place later in the year, we will take a deep dive into the new model, and will then update this page once the bike has been ridden at the Estoril Circuit in Portugal.

What is new with the XSR900 GP?

As mentioned above, the bike shares some main components with the already-released XSR900 naked bike. Therefore, the engine, main frame, suspension and brakes are shared with the XSR, but not all of those parts are exactly the same.

The frame, for instance, has been changed for the GP, and features increased rigidity and strength. The change has been made because of the new riding position of the bike, which shifts the rider forward slightly and adds load under heavy braking. The steering stem shaft of the GP is also aluminium, the only CP3-powered bike in the range to feature this. The new XSR900 GP also features a subframe that is reinforced over the one found on the stock XSR900.

The front forks seem to be the very same fully adjustable items from KYB as found on the naked sibling. This means you have preload, compression rebound damping to play with, and front-end suspension travel of 130mm. The rear shock also seems to be the same KYB fully adjustable system, although the spec sheet from Yamaha claims the GP has 131mm of travel, not the 137mm you get with the regular XSR900. This would lead us to believe that the settings used on the new bike are slightly different to the ones found on the existing machine and quite possibly more biased towards sporty road and track riding.

With the change to the handlebars, which are now lower-set, narrower, and slightly more swept back, the switchgear for the bike has been revised and now features a soft-touch feature on the indicator which flashes the indicator three times when tapped. The rearsets are also new, featuring a new design along with a slightly higher and more rearward position. To aid comfort, the seat of the XSR900 GP features a thicker, more heavily padded cover.

The final change from XSR900 to retro GP replica is, of course, the styling. The new bike looks, quite literally, like no other new bike you can go out and buy, and with the prices of 750 and 1,000cc sportsbikes of the era climbing rapidly, the little XSR900 GP might be the best chance we have of bagging that iconic look!

The fairing features a centrally-mounted LED headlight, with a small positional light mounted higher up. Flanking either side of the fairing are period-correct aerodynamic ‘knuckle guards’, and the fixing between the fairing and frame is via a tubed structure creating a rider's view complete with that golden era feel.

The half-fairing (there is a fully faired option sold aftermarket) leaves the engine on display, and moving back there you have a proper old-school ‘boxy’ seat unit that carries the rear light cluster and number plate holder.

A nice touch with the GP is the inclusion of bespoke designs for the TFT dash. It’s the same unit as found on the XSR900 and MT-09, but instead of the modern graphics found on those models, the GP gains a pastiche of a retro-style, centrally-mounted rev counter complete with small LCD speedo - all recreated in digital form.

Yamaha XSR900 GP Price, colours and availability

The bike may not yet be here, but we do know the price, and it’ll be coming in at £12,500 including OTR charges. That makes the bike £1,790 more than the £10,710 XSR900, and further comparisons to other models in the market are pretty much impossible because it is basically a one-of-a-kind model!

The Midnight Black version of the XSR900 GP

The bike will be available in either the red and white Legend Red colourway or moody Midnight Black. The lower fairing I mentioned earlier can be added for an additional £623.02.

Yamaha XSR900 GP specs

Engine

4-stroke, Liquid-cooled, DOHC, 4-valves, 3-cylinder

Capacity

890cc

Bore/Stroke

78 x 62.1mm

Power

87.5kW (117.3bhp) @ 10,000rpm

Torque

93Nm (68.5lb ft) @ 7,000rpm

Transmission

Six-speed, wet slip/assisted clutch

Quickshifter

Yes

Suspension - F

KYB fully adjustable fork - 130mm travel

Suspension - R 

KYB fully adjustable link-type rear shock - 131mm travel

Front brake

Twin four-piston hydraulic dual disc brake - 298mm floating disc

Rear brake

Two-piston hydraulic single disc brake - 245mm fixed disc

Rake

25°

Trail

110mm

Tyre - F

120/70ZR17M/C (58W) Tubeless

Tyre - R

180/55ZR17M/C (73W) Tubeless

Wheelbase

1,500mm

Seat height

835mm

Wet weight

200kg

Fuel capacity 

14 litres

A2 variant

No

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