Unless you’re willing to somehow purchase a XSR 700 from Europe and ship it back home, chances are you’ll need to move on and find another motorcycle to fill the void. Maybe the Yamaha XSR900 could be that bike?
Recently on display at the Toronto Motorcycle Show in Canada was a yellow XSR 900 with a rear seat cowl, reminiscent of the FZ-09 tweaked by Roland Sands, and one without the cowl in Matte Metallic Grey. Prices will start from $10,699 CAD and you’ll be getting a quite a few standard features including ABS brakes, adjustable front and rear suspension, Yamaha’s chip controlled throttle, etc.
Based on the FZ-09, the XSR 900 features a liquid cooled, 847cc three-cylinder engine with a 6-speed transmission. Producing 113bhp at 10,000rpm and 64lb-ft of torque at 8,500rpm, you’ll be able to reach an estimated maximum speed of 140mph in comfort and style.
Why comfort and style? Because the riding position of the XSR 900 is moved rearward for a slightly more aggressive riding position while still retaining a relatively upright and natural posture. Also, the seat is a bit lower than the FZ’s but don’t worry, there’s still plenty of legroom for tall riders especially with the way that gas tank is designed. Those indents on either side of the tank isn’t just for show, they're there to provide you with more knee space.
As far as seating goes, the XSR 900 comes with a dual seat as standard but for longer rider, you may want to go for the ultrasuede design seat and rear cowl combo for comfort and a bit of back support. While the single seat available for the XSR 700 isn’t an option for Canadians the rear sub-frame can be unbolted to fit one if you can get your hands on the seat.