A large crowd of motorcycle riders was gathered at the Motora Azul 1955 Cafe Lounge this week for the launch of Yamaha Motor Philippines' latest bike, the XSR900. Nodding to Yamaha's classic XS series, the new naked bike boasts of neo-retro style with exposed aluminum details, stepped seat, and custom lighting and instrumentation.

The bike is offered in two color schemes: a black tank and fender with brushed aluminum stripes, or the more eye-catching brushed aluminum tank and fender with a brown seat.

The Yamaha XSR 900's rear quarter


It's powered by a 847cc liquid-cooled DOHC 12-valve 3-cylinder. It's then paired to a 6-speed with a multiplate assist-and-slipper wet clutch. Power is then delivered via chain to the rear wheel that is shod on 180mm tires.

The XSR boasts of ride-by-wire throttle control, featuring Yamaha’s selectable D-MODE. This allows the rider to adjust engine character on the fly, choosing from STD Mode, A Mode for sportier throttle response in the low-to mid-rpm range, and B Mode for softer throttle response.

The 847cc three-cylinder motor of the Yamaha XSR 900

As for safety, it comes with ABS on all three discs, and adjustable traction control with three modes, depending on the kind of intervention desired, if none at all.

Both front and rear suspension systems feature spring preload and rebound damping adjustments. These are composed of an inverted fork with a 41mm inner tubes that provides 5.4 inches of travel in front. While the rear linkage-type monoshock uses a nearly horizontal layout along with 5.1 inches of rear wheel travel.

The big disc brakes and exhaust pipe of the Yamaha XSR 900

All the settings can be glimpsed on the new round, off-center LCD panel that features a digital tachometer, speedometer, gear position, eco mode indicator, TCS and D-MODE indicators, ambient and coolant temperature, a fuel gauge and range of trip computer functions, including a clock, instant and average fuel consumption, fuel reserve trip meter and the usual trip meters.

The clear lens headlight of the Yamaha XSR 900

At night, a large, round multi-reflector headlight lights up the road, whilt while out back, a round all-LED tail and brake light is mounted above the rear fender.

The digital gauge on the Yamaha XSR 900

The fuel tank has a capacity of 14 liters. This is all packaged together to create a wet weight of 195kg.

It is now available for Php579,000.