Yamaha’s XSR900 gets a significant overhaul for 2022, with a more powerful engine, updated suspension and revised electronics that bring the machine a significant step forward.
The changes come as no surprise: Yamaha updated the MT-09 for 2021, and since the XSR900 is based on that naked bike, it logically followed it would also see the same changes.
Starting with the engine: We see the 889 cc three-cylinder now boosted to 119 horsepower at 10,000 rpm, up 4 horsepower from the previous model, thanks to a longer stroke that increases capacity by 43 cc. Torque is also increased, to 68.6 pound-feet at 7,000 rpm. A quickshifter comes standard for 2022.
Although the engine doesn’t look that different, most of the internals are updated, with pistons and many other parts lightened. The exhaust is supposedly tuned for better sound, too, although that’s always a subjective decision and many buyers will rip off the stock unit and install an aftermarket can ASAP anyway.
Yamaha put new fully-adjustable gold-anodized inverted forks on the XSR900, sourced from KYB. KYB also provided the rear shock. The frame itself is all-new, a die-cast aluminum Deltabox-style design. It’s almost the same as the MT-09’s frame, but Yamaha stretched the swingarm by 55 mm and lowered the headstock, for a changed-up riding position with lowered handlebars.
The updated 2022 XSR900 gets new SpinForged wheels (Yamaha’s proprietary design), with weight reduced by 700 grams, which is supposed to improve braking and handling response. There’s also a machined aluminum triple clamp and several other pieces of trick-looking machined aluminum trim.
Yamaha gives the XSR900 a new Brembo radial master cylinder for 2022, for precise feedback. Up front, there’s a 298 mm twin disc setup, and a single 245 mm disc in rear.
Of course, there’s a high-spec electronics package to keep your braking in line. It isn’t the sci-fi setup you’d find on a latest-gen Euro bike, but far superior to the stripped-down Japanese machines of the previous generation, with six-axis IMU powering the whole setup. You get lean angle-sensitive ABS, slide control and traction control, and also a wheelie control system. Yamaha gave the XSR900 a 3.5-inch TFT screen, and now there are four riding modes included as standard. LED lights are standard.
Noting those changes, it looks an awful lot like the XSR900 is aimed at chipping away at the Euronaked market.
The XSR gets a 15-litre fuel tank, and wet weight is 425.5 pounds.
At this point, the machine has only been confirmed for Europe. We fully expect to see it in the US and Canada, but have not been given a price tag or arrival date yet.