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Brute in a Suit: Yamaha XSR900 Review

Brute in a Suit: Yamaha XSR900 Review

Yamaha XSR900 review: the brute in a suit
The dust had hardly settled on the XSR700 launch when Yamaha started teasing their next release. It started with Roland Sands’ Faster Wasp—a brutal custom FZ-09 inspired by the flat track.

It was obvious that Yamaha was poised to release a big brother to the XSR700. And right on cue, they revealed the XSR900 at the Italian EICMA show.

Yamaha XSR900 review: the brute in a suit
Like the XSR700, the XSR900 is a restyled version of an existing Yamaha model. It has the same rolling chassis and power plant as the FZ-09 (known as the MT-09 elsewhere), but wrapped in a more refined package.

Yamaha XSR900 review: the brute in a suit
That puts it squarely in Yamaha’s ‘Faster Sons’ range: bikes that are stripped to the bare essentials, with a classic aesthetic. Modern day UJMs (Universal Japanese Motorcycles), if you will.…

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