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

Published: 22 August 2016

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 bars, rearsets and so on have given the tasty triple a touch of cafe racer class.

But I can't help but notice the spaghetti junction of cables that are now even more exposed around the bike's clock and that awful black box on the right-hand side of the frame is doing my nut in. I've tried ignoring it, but it's like to ignore a dripping tap in the middle of the night. The more you try to ignore it, the louder and more blood-boiling it becomes.

I deliberately avoided a Yamaha screen as I wasn't sure either really fitted the bill of a cafe racer. Si I'm now scouting around for something more suitable...

And the black box is the fuse holder, so while I'd love to relocate it – I think it might be a pain and simply not worth it.

The bike continues to impress with its silky smooth triple motor and awesome all-round ability, but I think there's a bit more tinkering to come in order to get the look just how I'd like it.

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