Yamaha XSR900 review

There's a lot of motorbike for your money here. The economies of scale and sharing components has allowed Yamaha to build a machine that's close to perfect for 99 per cent of the riders, 99 per cent of the time.

THE latest member in Yamaha's eclectic and rapidly multiplying range of Sports Heritage bikes is the XSR900. With heritage looks and the DNA of the hugely-successful MT-09 – what could possibly go wrong? Very little is the answer.

The smooth and twisting roads of Fuerteventura provided a great stage for the XSR900 to perform. The first word on my lips after a strong black coffee at the first rest stop was 'fun'. The three-cylinder engine loves to be revved and pulls hard all the way to 10,000rpm. Firing an XSR out of corners in second and third gear is going to surprise a lot of people and its mild appearance belies its performance. Retro or not, there's still 115hp on tap from this explosive inline triple.

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