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2020 Yamaha XSR900
2020 Yamaha XSR900 (Yamaha /)

Motorcyclists can be a nostalgic bunch. Which is why dealer showroom floors are flooded with bikes that are dead ringers for those of yesteryear. A taste for classic aesthetics, however, doesn’t have to veer toward a sentimental longing or wistful affection for the past. Take the 2020 Yamaha XSR900: If it fell from the heavens in the mid-1960s, this three-cylinder machine would have looked unusual, sure, but still recognizable as a motorcycle. In 2020, the “neo-retro” style—as Yamaha calls it—doesn’t try to be anything other than just plain cool, especially in its new mid-1980s RZ350-esque Radical White/Rapid Red paint scheme.

Described by one editor as “fun in nearly all riding situations,” the XSR900 is based on the MT-09, so it borrows that bike’s 847cc crossplane triple and aluminum frame. The inverted fork and shock are adjustable, antilock brakes are standard, and electronic rider aids include D-Mode selectable throttle response and two levels of traction-control intervention, plus “off.” Retailing for a buck less than $9,500, the XSR900 is only $1K pricier than an XSR700. For that money, you get another cylinder, additional performance, higher-spec componentry, and more sophisticated technology.

2020 Yamaha XSR900
2020 Yamaha XSR900 (Yamaha /)

Cycle World’s Annual Ten Best Bikes

Following Ten Best victories for the Yamaha FZ-09 in 2014 and ’15, it’s no surprise that the retro-style XSR900 found its way onto Cycle World’s respected list in 2016, topping the Best Middleweight Streetbike category. The three-cylinder XSR won the hearts of editors for its versatility, performance, and affordability.

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2020 Yamaha XSR900
2020 Yamaha XSR900 (Yamaha /)

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $9,499
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, three-cylinder
Displacement 847cc
Bore x Stroke 78.0mm x 59.1mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 6-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 32.7 in.
Rake 25.0°
Trail 4.1 in.
Front Suspension 41mm preload and rebound adjustable; 5.4-in. travel
Rear Suspension Preload and rebound adjustable; 5.1-in. travel
Front Tire 120/70-17
Rear Tire 180/55-55
Wheelbase 56.7 in.
Fuel Capacity 3.7 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 430 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 32.6 in.
Dry Weight 409 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 102.8 hp @ 9,980 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 59.4 lb.-ft. @ 8,460 rpm
0–60 mph 3.0 sec.
1/4-mile 11.07 sec. @ 122.33 mph
Braking 30–0 mph 34.0 ft.
Braking 60–0 mph 128.0 ft.

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