Technically, Yamaha has completely upgraded the new XSR 900. There is now a lean angle sensor system that acts on traction control and cornering ABS. There is also wheelie and slide control as well as cruise control. Ride by Wire and four riding modes are also on board and the XSR driver can also look forward to the QuickShifter, which works buttery soft in both directions.
The cockpit consists of a somewhat small 3.5 inch color TFT display, which can be read perfectly. Technically, the XSR is almost completely identical to the current MT-09. Unfortunately, this also applies to the menu control via a knurled wheel with click mechanism at the right end of the handlebar, which we were already annoyed about with the MT-09. Fortunately, there are separate switches for controlling the driving modes and traction control and this works well.
The new XSR 900 is also up-to-date in terms of light: a completely full LED incl. turn signals and, above all, a rear light beautifully integrated under the rear seat delight our eyes.