Yamaha XSR900

I loved the meaty triple when I first rode the MT-09 two years ago. This version’s like a modern-day LC with loads more power. I plan a few mods, trackdays and weekends away.
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MCN Fleet: No pain, plenty of gain on Yamaha XSR900

MCN Fleet: No pain, plenty of gain on Yamaha XSR900

I'm fed up with people looking longingly at my accessorised Yamaha XSR900 and then muttering: "Looks good but it must be really uncomfortable." So I decided enough was enough and embarked on a two-day...

XSR900: Congratulations you've just come second in a beauty contest

XSR900: Congratulations you've just come second in a beauty contest

The better the XSR looks, the more a few little things annoy me. I love the look of the XSR900 now that I've bestowed unearly £2000 of lovely Yamaha accessories on it. The new seat, seat cowl, drop...

MCN Fleet: XSR900 gets the cafe racer treatment

MCN Fleet: XSR900 gets the cafe racer treatment

There's not a lot wrong with the XSR900, especially in performance terms. The 900cc triple motor is a beauty and provides punchy power right through the rev range. The handling could be sharpened by...

XSR gets ready for a cafe race makeover

XSR gets ready for a cafe race makeover

As the Yamaha XSR900 nears the 3000-mile mark I feel it's time to take it in a certain direction. Firstly, the Bridgestone S20s were showing signs of wear. And to be fair they've had quite a lot to...

MCN Fleet: XSR900 v MT-09 - which wins the beauty contest?

MCN Fleet: XSR900 v MT-09 - which wins the beauty contest?

The Yamaha XSR900 has proved a brilliant bike since I took ownership of it a couple of months and nearly 2000 miles ago. But I've had that niggly feeling for a while now that I'd maybe let style win...

MCN Fleet: Can the Yamaha XSR900 do big miles?

MCN Fleet: Can the Yamaha XSR900 do big miles?

The crisp-but-sunny Sunday morning had me itching to get going and see how the naked XSR would cope with a 400-mile round-trip to Newcastle. Nearly all of those miles were to be on the A1 and the...

MCN Fleet: All about the looks with the Yamaha XSR900

MCN Fleet: All about the looks with the Yamaha XSR900

Coming from a misspent youth of smoke-belching two-strokes, Yamaha was the brand I turned to most frequently as a spotty teenager in search of cheap thrills. An RD200, led to a 350 Powervalve which...