Retro Special – The Yamaha XSR900 Abarth
Yamaha continues their push to dominate the retro-styled motorcycle category with their latest, limited edition Sport Heritage XSR900. Thanks to ties with Yamaha’s MotoGP team they’ve collaborated with aftermarket performance experts Abarth to create the XSR900 ‘Sport Heritage café racer special’. The new model will be available to customers in a limited run of only 695 units and is priced at a touch under 10 thousand pounds ($12,000 USD).
“Yamaha and Abarth have created the XSR900 Abarth – a lightweight high-performance retro special whose authentic café racer design reflects the true spirit of the 1960s.”
Power and weight figures of the Yamaha XSR900 Abarth are identical to the standard version of the bike so the partnership between the two brands is more of a styling exercise than anything else. Abarth have designed a set of carbon fibre bodywork for the project that includes an exclusive front cowl and tail section. The seating configuration removes the ability to take a passenger and the saddles suede leather is finished with red stitching to match the bikes grey and red paint scheme.
Despite much of the XSR900 Abarth’s specifications being identical to the standard bike, owners can expect a different riding experience thanks to clip on style “swallow” handlebars and a revised footpeg position. A “racing style” LED tail light and numberplate mount sit at the rear of the bike and an Akrapovič titanium muffler transforms the engines sound to a much more suitable tone for the companies first factory-built cafe racer.
Each of the 695 Yamaha XSR900 Abarth cafe racers come with a numbered, limited edition plaque and will go on sale early this year.
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