Yamaha unveils XSR900 GP: A tribute to the past with modern performance

Yamaha XSR900 GP (cycleworld.com)

Yamaha XSR900 GP (cycleworld.com)

A tribute to the golden era of Grand Prix Racing, infused with modern technology.

Yamaha pays tribute to its racing legacy with the new XSR900 GP. This special edition model combines nostalgic aesthetics inspired by 1980s GP racers with contemporary technology, creating a motorcycle that respects the past while delivering modern performance.

The XSR900 GP is built upon the base model XSR900 from Yamaha’s Sport Heritage line, incorporating the updates introduced in the 2022 version. These updates include refreshed styling, enhanced chassis responsiveness, and new IMU-enabled rider aids.

In terms of design, the XSR900 GP embraces the spirit of 1980s GP racing, featuring a squared-off cowl with a square LED unit that improves aerodynamics. The color scheme is reminiscent of racing legends like Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson, featuring the iconic red-and-white livery. Authentic number boards on the front and rear cowling further emphasize the racing connection.

While the powertrain remains largely unchanged, with the 890cc CP3 triple delivering 117 hp at 10,000 rpm, Yamaha has made modifications to improve acceleration and top speed through the front cowling structure and side panel ducts to maximize radiator cooling.

The XSR900 GP boasts a stiffer Deltabox chassis, tuned to enhance stability. It is equipped with a range of modern technology, including integrated riding modes and an extensive electronics package. A six-axis IMU enables features like lean-sensitive traction control, ABS, wheelie control, and more. A 5-inch TFT display provides access to preset riding modes, custom modes, and smartphone pairing. Additional standard features include cruise control, an assist and slipper clutch, and Yamaha’s third-generation two-way quickshifter.

The XSR900 GP is available in Legend Red and Power Grey color options, and while it is initially available in Europe, there is hope it may be offered in other markets. Yamaha US has not yet released its full 2024 lineup, so there’s potential for the XSR900 GP to reach a broader audience.

This special edition motorcycle not only serves as a tribute to Yamaha’s racing history but also goes to show the timeless appeal of nostalgia combined with modern performance.