YAMAHA XSR900 (2016-on) Review

Published: 19 February 2016

Brilliant all round and bang on trend

YAMAHA XSR900  (2016-on)

Brilliant all round and bang on trend

Overall Rating 5 out of 5

Yamaha have hit the nail on the head with the XSR900. It looks great with its on-trend retro styling and, thanks to Yamaha’s extensive catalogue of accessories, is easy to personalise too. It’s both versatile and fun with everyday usability, very impressive for a bike that comes in an affordable price bracket.

The inline triple has come from the highly popular MT-09, with revised fuelling map and also comes with the added benefit of traction control and ABS as standard.

Ride Quality & Brakes 5 out of 5

The handling is as good as it gets for a bike straight out of the box. The XSR is stable, with impressive feedback and mechanical grip. It’s hard to find any fault with it at all. It runs the same shock and forks as the MT-09, but with different springs and settings to manage the different riding position and weight. It doesn’t have the Supermoto feeling of the MT-09, nor does the front end platter like the Tracer’s when you push it.

Engine 4 out of 5

The motor is the same 847cc Triple that features in the MT-09, producing the same power of 115bhp at 10,000rpm and 64.5ftlb’s of torque at 8,500rpm. Yamaha have also made improvements on the fuelling, which was always a weak point in the original MT-09 and is now nearly perfect.

Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5

Despite its relatively low price, the XSR900 is built to an exceptionally high standard. The brackets, fuel tank and clocks are all made from aluminium and not plastic, further adding to the quality feel that this bike ozzes, even the bolts used on the bike are personal to this model.

Insurance, running costs & value 5 out of 5

The XSR900 represents incredible value for money. It uses the MT-09’s brilliant triple engine and has put it in a machine that is bang on trend offering a brilliant bike at an exceptionally good price. It really is hard to see where Yamaha have saved on cost with this machine.

Equipment 4 out of 5

The XSR900 comes with ABS and Traction Control as standard. There are three rider modes to compliment this, A, Standard and B, which change the throttle response but not peak power. There are also two levels of traction control, that can be changed on the move with the trottle closed or can be deactivated completely with the bike in neutral and at a standstill.

Owners' Reviews

5 owners have reviewed their YAMAHA XSR900 (2016-on) and rated it in a number of areas. Read what they have to say and what they like and dislike about the bike below.

Review your YAMAHA XSR900 (2016-on)
Summary of Owners' Reviews
Overall Rating 5 out of 5
Ride Quality & Brakes 4.4 out of 5
Engine 5 out of 5
Build Quality & Reliability 5 out of 5
Value & Running Costs 4.8 out of 5
Equipment 4.8 out of 5
5 out of 5

Bike to be proud of

28 August 2017 by John

great looking and fun bike - also well made Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Rides fine, not got the more sophisticated feel of my last bike (ZX6r 636) but perfect for what it is. A lot more comfortable than I thought it would be, and pleasantly surprised with the lack of buffeting from the wind.
Engine
5 out of 5
Full of character, quite low geared and 'pokey'
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Build quality is fantastic. I can't find anything 'cheap' on it anywhere
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
Not sure about servicing costs yet, but being a naked triple and with 6000 mile intervals it should be OK
Equipment
5 out of 5
Full of latest must haves - traction, modes etc, and the dash is a really clever, solid and pleasing piece of kit. First bike I have had with ABS
Buying experience

Fair deal - Mototechniks in Stowmarket - nice people to deal with

5 out of 5

24 January 2017 by Kiwi405

Great fun bike, & great value too. It's a lot faster than it looks and when well ridden, will keep up with all but the most committed sports bike riders. And when you just want to cruise, it fills that duty equally well. A bike for all moods and... Read more modes. Recommended.

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
high quality, firm and planted. Good at doing both commuter and weekend play duty.
Engine
5 out of 5
Love it! Great power and triple thrum. Torque right through the rev range.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Well made, good quality parts. No issues to date.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
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Equipment
4 out of 5
Not much 'equipment' on the bike, but it is a naked after all. Luggage options not that clear, off set tank filler makes tank bag selection awkward, saddle bag option limited etc. But if you want a tourer get a Tracer etc. Where i it well equipped is though is things like a slipper clutch, ABS, traction contorl and engine power modes etc.
5 out of 5

6600 miles and still smiling

22 October 2016 by PAUL ASSELIN

could be my last sport bike, has all i need Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
seat gets uncomfortable after couple hours, about usual for factory seats
Engine
5 out of 5
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Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
-
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
had to change oil twice. did myself at $70 dollars total. no other maintenance costs. 50 miles to the gallon, driven hard.
Equipment
5 out of 5
for the dolllar, you get slipper clutch, abs traction control and three drive modes.
Buying experience

motorsportsnation in plainfield connecticut, no place better to buy. my sixth bike from them. always take care of you.

5 out of 5

Grunty and Gorgeous

25 August 2016 by Ralphdesign

Great looks, wonderfully usable engine and great handling Read more

Ride Quality & Brakes
4 out of 5
Uncomfortable at 'high' speeds due to its nakedness. I had the rear suspension turned down 1 click, and it's now much nicer. Nice to feel sat in the bike, rather than on top of it, especially at roundabouts and sweepers (previous Fazer S2 felt a bit tall in comparison). Pillion is small, but OK, although lack of grabrails may concern some. 200 mile round trips are OK, but dual carriageways and motorways can be a bit tiring. Boredom, mostly, while sat in lane 2 following the oblivious texters and reps...
Engine
5 out of 5
Utterly brilliant. Grunty, barking acceleration in any gear (steering goes strangely light in 2nd and 3rd) always brings a smile. Effortless overtaking. cheeky burble on the overrun.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
No problems so far, after 3500 miles - I've not even had to adjust the chain. I keep the bike covered with a healthy dose of anti-corrosion, and a quick wipe down gets it looking like new.
Value & Running Costs
4 out of 5
Running costs are OK, with insurance relatively cheap for a 50 year old. The add-on parts are stupidly expensive, though - £200 all-in for a (OK, they look the biz) radiator guard and side covers, anyone? Rear tyre will be up next...
Equipment
5 out of 5
Funky clocks are great - everything in one place. Would love an Akro pipe, but the one that's available is obviously built for the MT, so looks odd on the XSR. Come on, Yamaha. If you're going to get a styling exercise done so well, Yamaha, get a nice round Akro sorted. And give me one for good measure. BUT why no helmet lock? And I'm guessing that the underseat storage area reflects the hazards of smoking, so I'm now only given space for 10 fags instead of 20 on the Fazer.
Buying experience

Dealer purchase from Flitwick Motorcycles in Bedfordshire. Friendly. Faultless.

5 out of 5

Early adopter and happy!

18 May 2016 by MG

I have 100 miles on the new XSR900 and this review is spot on with the exception of the slipper clutch which it also has. This bike is very fun and I was looking at Ducatis and Triumphs, but chose the Yamaha. The only niggle on the bike was the... Read more sticker shock for insurance. It's more expensive than the Ducati Multistrada 1200S that is also in the garage. Surprised!

Ride Quality & Brakes
5 out of 5
Ride is great, a bit stiff, which I prefer. Feels similar to bikes more expensive. There are a couple things that you should know - this is a tall bike for a standard, and feels wider under your back side than a Ducati SF848 or Triumph Street Triple.
Engine
5 out of 5
Haven't really gotten to wick it up yet, but the bike works great under break in conditions. Will get on it a bit more after 1000 miles.
Build Quality & Reliability
5 out of 5
Bike is spot on so far. Fuelling, suspension, brakes, etc are all as advertised with no issues.
Value & Running Costs
5 out of 5
No costs for service so far. It's a Yamaha and they're known for excellent reliability with proper maintenance. I'll follow the manual and do the first service at 1000 miles which includes an oil change, chain clean/adjust, and clutch cable lube/adjust.
Equipment
5 out of 5
Bike is well set up as stock. Features are spot on for what I wanted. Tyres work well, but will likely change them out when ready to another tire - Pirelli or Michelins instead of the stock Bridgestones.
Buying experience

Purchased from local dealer who beat all advertised prices.

Read all 5 owners' reviews in full

Facts & Figures

Model info
Year introduced 2016
Year discontinued -
New price £7,849
Used price £6,000 to £8,900
Warranty term 2 years
Running costs
Insurance group -
Annual road tax £88
Annual service cost £70
Performance
Max power 116 bhp
Max torque 64.5 ft-lb
Top speed 150 mph
1/4-mile acceleration -
Average fuel consumption -
Tank range 140 miles
Specification
Engine size 847cc
Engine type 12 valve ,Inline Triple
Frame type Aluminium diecast
Fuel capacity 14 litres
Seat height 830mm
Bike weight 195kg
Front suspension 43mm preload and rebound, inverted forks
Rear suspension Single shock, preload and rebound only
Front brake 2x298mm four piston monobloc, ABS
Rear brake 245mm disc, two piston. ABS
Front tyre size 120/70 R17
Rear tyre size 180/55 R17

History & Versions

Model history

None

Other versions

60th Anniversary edition also available, for £7999

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