With their unique blend of cutting edge technology and style that pays homage to past classics, Yamaha's Sport Heritage models appeal to a growing band of riders who appreciate the 'Faster Sons' philosophy.
In the XSR900, classic design elements from Yamaha's 60-year history combine vintage character with contemporary performance. Following the lead of custom builders worldwide, factory specials have taken a more prominent place in the market. Yamaha has now partnered with Abarth, one of Italy's most prestigious brands from the car racing world, to create a factory-built limited edition Café Racer.
Thus the new XSR900 Abarth, the first Sport Heritage café racer special. Abarth has been involved in racing for over 60 years, and was keen to collaborate with Yamaha to offer a premium café racer special with a head-turning color scheme, built with a range of exclusive lightweight components. The 850cc 3-cylinder CP3 engine was the obvious choice, with its linear torque band and strong acceleration.
Equipped with a traction control system and Assist & Slipper (A&S) clutch, this powerplant provides high levels of controllability in varying conditions. A key feature of the new Sport Heritage model is its authentic café racer riding position, which enhances rider/machine unity and accentuates the bike's agile and compact feel. Featuring swallow 'clip-on style' handlebars and a racing single seat that give a sporty, tucked in riding position, the XSR900 Abarth builds on the strengths of the stock XSR and transforms it into an exclusive sport roadster.
The Abarth's retro front cowl design contrasts beautifully with its high-tech carbon structure - and the stylish suede solo seat underlines this bike's high quality specification. True to the original café racer's 'need for speed' philosophy, the XSR900 Abarth comes complete with a performance boosting full Akrapovič titanium exhaust with double slip-on mufflers that give stronger acceleration together with more exclusive looks and a gutsier sound. Featuring Abarth logos on the fuel tank, as well as on the carbon front fender and carbon seat cowl, the unique grey/red color scheme captures the spirit of a bygone era, and sits comfortably with the retro café racer styling.
Production of the XSR900 Abarth is strictly limited to just 695 units, and on the side of each motorcycle is a production numbered aluminum plaque to confirm its exclusivity. Those riders who want to be among the first to own this exciting new café racer need to set their alarms for 14.00 hours CET on January 17, 2017, when Yamaha's dedicated online registration system goes live.
The first 95 customers will be able to register their online order for the new XSR900 Abarth at www.xsr900-abarth.eu - and each online customer will be invited to join an exclusive VIP Abarth Experience on a first come, first served basis. After the first 95 online registrations have been confirmed, the remaining 600 units of the limited edition XSR900 Abarth will be made available through Yamaha dealers from April 2017 onwards.