2021 Yamaha XSR900

Buyer’s guide essential info on the 2021 Yamaha XSR900 with specs, pricing, good and bad points, reviews, competition, and more.

2021 Yamaha XSR900

2021 Yamaha XSR900. (Yamaha/)


  • Same superb 847cc engine, aluminum chassis as previous-generation MT-07
  • Revised suspension = very good handling
  • Sporty yet comfy ergos


  • Didn’t get the updated 890cc CP3 engine in 2021
  • “A” ride mode throttle response too abrupt for some
  • Brakes a bit numb


One of the more successful neo-retro bikes from the OEMs, the Yamaha XSR900 combines style and speed in a way biased more toward the performance side of the equation. Its smooth blending of classic looks with modern technology (plus a low sticker price) makes it a bargain compared to the competition.

2021 Yamaha XSR900.
2021 Yamaha XSR900. (Yamaha/)


One of the many models in Yamaha’s lineup to make use of the superb MT-09 inline-triple engine/die-cast aluminum chassis platform, the XSR900 created quite a splash when it debuted in 2016. The cafe racer/scrambler/classic/retro heritage movement was already in full swing, and the XSR900 distinguishes itself from the others by conjuring visions of the past through a modern lens. There’s no attempt to replicate a classic Yamaha model from yesteryear; instead, the XSR brings simple retro style with current performance, including ride-by-wire throttle with different modes, two-level traction control, ABS, and LCD instrumentation. It swiftly garnered a spot in ’s coveted Ten Best Bikes list for 2016.

Updates for 2021

There are no updates to the XSR900 for 2021. The Radical White/Rapid Red colorway is the only one available.

Pricing and Variants

The 2021 XSR900 has an MSRP of $9,499.


The XSR900′s most direct competitors are the Honda CB1000R, Kawasaki Z900RS/Café, and Suzuki Katana. From there, the retro/classic category becomes much more varied, but other models that could be cross-shopped include the BMW R nineT Racer, Ducati Scrambler Café Racer, Royal Enfield Continental GT, and the Triumph Bonneville T100 and T120.

You can read how the Yamaha XSR900 fared in this comparison with the Kawasaki Z900RS Café and Honda CB1000R. Or you could see the differences in retro philosophy in this comparison with the BMW RnineT, Harley-Davidson Roadster, and Triumph Thruxton R.

Powertrain: Engine, Transmission, and Performance

While the XSR unfortunately didn’t receive the new 890cc engine that graces the 2021 MT-09, the previous-gen 847cc is certainly no slouch, with “a strong, punchy power delivery” according to CW’s Morgan Gales in his XSR900, Kawasaki Z900RS Cafe, Honda CB1000R comparison test. On the Cycle World dyno, a 2020 XSR900 churned out 103.98 hp at 10,150 rpm and 58.92 pound-feet of torque at 8,050 rpm. As with the previous-gen MT-09, the XSR has three ride modes (“A” = aggressive throttle response, “Standard” = smoother throttle response, and “B” = mellow throttle response with slightly restricted top-end power) and two-level traction control (plus off). CW’s Don Canet preferred A mode in his First Ride Review of the original 2016 model, while MC Online’s Julia LaPalme liked Standard mode in her First Ride Review of the same model, as did Kent Kunitsugu in his First Ride Review. The XSR900 is equipped with a power assist/slipper clutch to ease both lever effort and downshifts.

2021 Yamaha XSR900 Dyno Chart.
2021 Yamaha XSR900 Dyno Chart. (Robert Martin Jr./)


Yamaha firmed up the spring and damping rates from the previous generation FZ/MT-09, resulting in a much more composed ride when the pace ramps up in twisty sections of pavement. “The (FZ/MT’s) same nimble steering character remains on the XSR, but with a much more sure-footed feel that allows you to be aggressive when making steering or braking inputs,” Kunitsugu remarked in his First Ride Review.


The same four-piston Monoblock Advics calipers clamp on 298mm discs up front provide excellent stopping power, though feel is a little lacking in really aggressive braking situations. ABS works well, and intervention is very transparent.

2021 Yamaha XSR900.
2021 Yamaha XSR900. (Yamaha/)

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

Yamaha claims 44 mpg from the 2021 XSR900.

Ergonomics: Comfort and Utility

Compared to the MT-09′s almost motocross-style ergonomics, the XSR900 is much more comfortable. The reach to the handlebar is longer and the bars lower, but this helps tilt the rider’s torso forward a bit to alleviate the wind blast. The seat is taller (with a CW-measured 32.7-inch seat height) and is well padded, and with the pegs slightly rearward helps provide more legroom. Passenger accommodations are much better due to the single-piece seat as well.

2021 Yamaha XSR900.
2021 Yamaha XSR900. (Yamaha/)


As previously mentioned, the XSR900′s ride-by-wire throttle system has three ride modes (A, Standard, B) and a two-level (plus off) traction control system. ABS is included as standard equipment.

The XSR is fitted with a round LCD display featuring pertinent riding information. A round headlight adds to its retro styling while a LED rear taillight and brake light are mounted above the fender.

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

The Yamaha XSR900 comes with Yamaha’s one-year limited warranty, with extended warranty and benefits available through Yamaha Extended Service.


Build quality and fit and finish with the XSR900 are excellent, especially for a bike that costs much less than its competitors.

2021 Yamaha XSR900.
2021 Yamaha XSR900. (Yamaha/)

2021 Yamaha XSR900 Claimed Specifications

MSRP: $9,499
Engine: 847cc, DOHC, liquid-cooled inline-triple; 12 valves
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 59.1mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Fuel Delivery: Electronic fuel injection w/ 41mm throttle bodies
Clutch: Wet, power-assist/slipper type; cable operation
Engine Management/Ignition: TCI (Transistor Controlled Ignition)
Frame: Controlled-fill die-cast aluminum chassis
Front Suspension: 41mm KYB inverted fork, spring preload and rebound damping adjustable; 5.4 in. travel
Rear Suspension: KYB shock, spring preload and rebound damping adjustable; 5.1 in. travel
Front Brake: 4-piston Advics Monoblock calipers, dual 298mm discs w/ ABS
Rear Brake: 1-piston slide-pin caliper, 245mm disc w/ ABS
Wheels, Front/Rear: Cast aluminum, 3.50 x 17 in. / 5.50 x 17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: 120/70ZR-17 / 180/55ZR-17
Rake/Trail: 25.0°/4.1 in.
Wheelbase: 56.7 in.
Ground Clearance: 5.3 in.
Seat Height: 32.7 in.
Fuel Capacity: 3.7 gal.
Wet Weight: 430 lb.
Contact: yamaha-motor.com

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height: 32.7 in.
Wet Weight: 433 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower: 103.98 hp @ 10,150 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque: 58.92 lb.-ft. @ 8,050 rpm
0–60 mph: 3.48 sec.
1/4-mile: 11.52 sec. @ 121.25 mph
Braking 30–0 mph: 38.6 ft.
Braking 60–0 mph: 135.2 ft.
Source : Motorcyclist More   

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Yamaha Contributes $30,000 to All Kids Bike Programs

Yamaha wants to help kids learn how to ride motorcycles in California and Georgia.

Yamaha Contributes $30,000 to All Kids Bike Programs

The All Kids Bike program teaches kindergarteners how to ride a bicycle, encouraging balance, confidence, mobility, and physical activity. (Yamaha/)

Yamaha has announced it will donate $30,000 in funding to All Kids Bike programs in Georgia and California, supporting six full learn-to-ride programs in the two states.

All Kids Bike was started by the Strider Education Foundation and it seeks to develop learn-to-ride programs in kindergartens across the country, incorporating bicycle riding lessons into PE programs to help kids develop confidence, balance, mobility, and exercise.

Getting bikes ready for new programs in Georgia and California.
Getting bikes ready for new programs in Georgia and California. (Yamaha/)

“Research shows approximately seventy-five percent of kids won’t even ride a bicycle one time this year,” said Ryan McFarland, All Kids Bike founder, in a Yamaha press release. “We believe it’s critical for the future of our kids and our communities to change that stat, so All Kids Bike is on a mission to teach every kid in America how to ride a bike in kindergarten PE class. We share a common goal with the Yamaha Outdoor Access Initiative of getting people outside and enjoying nature. This is a big win for our program, but mostly for the kids at these schools.”

The funding goes toward providing each program with balance bikes, helmets, pedal conversion kits, and teachers’ bikes.

Kids start on balance bikes and can add on pedal conversion kits as they progress.
Kids start on balance bikes and can add on pedal conversion kits as they progress. (Yamaha/)

“With kids in the US spending an average of seven hours a day on a digital screen, it’s never been more important for companies like Yamaha to invest in the future of outdoor recreation by getting our youth off of the devices, and participating in healthy and fun activities to increase their confidence, instill valuable life lessons, and simply enjoy all the outdoors has to offer,” said Steve Nessl, Yamaha’s motorsports marketing manager, in the same release.

All Kids Bike is designed to be easily implemented in schools and is aligned with SHAPE America National Physical Education Standards. Programs also include an eight-lesson curriculum, teacher training, and certification. There are currently 350 schools across 45 states with All Kids Bike programs in place, and 50 additional schools planning to have active programs by the end of the year.

Funding from Yamaha will support six new All Kids Bike programs.
Funding from Yamaha will support six new All Kids Bike programs. (Yamaha/)Getting outside and away from screens is the name of the game.
Getting outside and away from screens is the name of the game. (Yamaha/)Making a difference one bike at a time.
Making a difference one bike at a time. (Yamaha/)
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