Yamaha recently pulled the wraps off the much-anticipated sports variant of the brand's iconic XSR900 motorcycle. Dubbed XSR900 GP, this all-new model pays homage to the legendary Yamaha GP 500 bikes from the 1980s, raced by famous riders including Wayne Rainey and Eddie Lawson. The firm had applied for trademark rights for the "XSR-GP" in May last year and now the product has debuted in the form of the MY2024 XSR900 GP. Combining a modern engine and chassis tech with retro styling cues, the new XSR900 GP has become a member of Yamaha's XSR sports heritage series. Speaking of the available colour options for the new iteration of the bike, potential customers can choose from two attractive paint schemes - Legend Red and Power Grey. These two eye-catching hues complement the XSR900 GP's retro-inspired appeal. Let's now have a look at the bike's other aspects like specifications, features, and hardware components.
Yamaha XSR900 GP: Styling Details
The red and white Marlboro livery of the past serves as a major source of inspiration for the neo-retro sports bike. The careful attention to detail in how the red graphics on the half-fairing and side panels line up with the angle of the USD fork is striking. A stunning silver finish has been given to the Deltabox swingarm, rear subframe, and frame. Sporting an authentic vintage look, the XSR900 GP from the Japanese bikemaker has a bikini fairing that houses a small LED headlamp and conventionally positioned LED turn signals on either side. Red wheels are additionally provided as standard equipment. The other colour scheme is a more menacing black and grey one.
Yamaha XSR900 GP: Hardware Components
The GP still has spin-forged aluminum wheels finished in a striking shade of red. It has also retained its KYB fully adjustable, 41mm inverted front forks and single rear shock. Furthermore, dual 298mm front disc brakes along with a 245mm rear disc brake are in charge of the braking duties. For this model, updates have been made to the switchgear, dashboard, and bodywork. A small 'compact lens module' headlamp is fastened to the frame with 1980s-style stays at the front end of the new XSR900 GP. The distinct 'blisters' on the fairing have a resemblance to the TZR. Adjustable footpegs and clip-on handlebars are included as well. Along with revised side panels and retro-style GP number boards, the XSR900 GP also comes with a new seat including a seat hump. An optional fairing lower will be offered for those who want to add to their bike's vintage appearance.
Yamaha XSR900 GP: Engine Specs
Beneath its retro aesthetic, the Yamaha XSR900 GP is powered by the same 890cc inline-triple engine found in the 2023 XSR900, which took the place of the previous model's 846cc engine. This unit is capable of churning out 117bhp of maximum power at 10,000rpm as well as 93Nm of peak torque at 7,000rpm. It has a six-speed transmission with a slip-and-assist clutch and quickshifter.
Yamaha XSR900 GP: Features and Expected Launch
When it comes to electronic aids, the XSR900 GP boasts a range of amenities such as a contemporary 5-inch TFT display, Bluetooth connectivity, slide control, autoblipper, three preset riding modes (Sport, Street, and Rain), lean-sensitive traction control, new switchgear, a compact LED headlight, ABS, and front wheel lift control, among other features.
Although the XSR900 GP will be available for purchase in global markets shortly, the neo-retro sports bike's arrival on Indian shores is not expected to happen anytime soon. Meanwhile, the Japan launch of the XSR900 GP is scheduled for summer 2024. However, prior to this, the manufacturer plans to showcase the model at the 2023 editions of the Japan Mobility Show and EICMA (to be held in Milan).