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XSR gets ready for a cafe race makeover

Published: 17 July 2016

Updated: 17 July 2016

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 cope with. As well as a couple of long motorway hauls, they've also had half-an-hour of tough track riding.

The centre tread was going and I don't reckon they'd have lasted (legally) much longer. They've served me well, offering solid feel and performance. Even on track, the ground clearance of the bike became an issue long before the grip of the tyre did.

But I'm sticking with Bridgestone and have simply fitted the slightly newer version – the S21s front and rear. Each tyre costs about a tenner than the old model - so £220 for the pair.

And the next step is a far bigger one. I've ordered a stack load of official Yamaha accessories to turn the XSR into a fully-blown cafe racer. I've got: billet rearsets (£489.99), Seat cowl and kit (£269.99), suede seat (£189.99), dropped bars (£103.99), bar-end mirrors (£144.99), front sprocket cover (£149.99) and engine crash protectors (£171.99). 

Now I just need a few hours to get all of the lovely new part in place. I feel the XSR is all about style and so want to see what these changes will make and which are really worth splashing out on.

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