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Saddle up aboard Yamaha’s overhauled 2022 XSR900 retro sport naked in this review.
Saddle up aboard Yamaha’s overhauled 2022 XSR900 retro sport naked in this review. (Joseph Agustin/)

Yamaha pairs retro styling vibes with sport riding ethos with its new and improved 2022 XSR900. Defined as a retro-styled sport naked bike, the ‘22 XSR builds on the original platform that debuted for the 2016 model year.

Editor’s note: We originally reviewed the XSR900 during the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 First Ride Review. Read the 2022 Yamaha XSR900 First Look Preview to learn about its technical improvements.

The XSR was originally based on the original FZ-09. The theory behind this platform is having a motorcycle that is sporty, yet includes cool retro styling that recognizes Yamaha’s history of manufacturing some of the most exquisite motorcycles on the road.

Like before, the XSR continues to be based off the overhauled for ‘21 MT-09. We have reported on this streetbike extensively during the 2021 Yamaha MT-09 MC Commute Review and Yamaha Builds a Better Triumph – 2021 MT-09 Review articles and videos. This XSR benefits from the same longer-stroke 890cc CP3 triple-cylinder engine. It also benefits from the improved chassis, new suspension, and other creature comforts.

We love this crisp-sounding triple. It offers gobs of torque. It has a really sweet engine and exhaust note, and it puts out a good amount of power to the tune of nearly 106 hp and upwards of 63 lb.-ft. torque at the contact patch of the OE-fitted 180-series Bridgestone Battlax S22 shoe.

This CP3 powerplant benefits from updated electronics. It includes four adjustable combined engine and throttle maps. PWR 1 is the most aggressive, 4 is the least. We like the intimate response of the first setting. It’s paired with IMU-powered traction and wheelie control (Yamaha calls it “lift control”). It’s very easy to tweak the settings inside the menu. Yamaha also includes two-way-adjustable Brake Control. The BC 1 setting is the less aggressive ABS interaction setting. But it doesn’t offer a lean-sensitive cornering function. Conversely, in BC 2 (more aggressive ABS programming) cornering ABS is included (Yamaha Motor won’t call it this, but this mode is lean-angle sensitive).

At our pace on the street, we didn’t have ABS kick on. We did however feel it intervene a couple of times during track duty. But to be fair, that could have been us not squeezing the brake lever in a smooth manner. Still, the ABS program on this motorcycle is calibrated very well for its intended use, which is a mix of street riding and track riding.

Speaking of track riding, we rode this bike at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Southern California and Sonoma Raceway in northern California. And this motorcycle is an absolute hoot to ride at the circuit. We like the more aggressive ergonomics, courtesy of the lower clubman handlebar and lower seat. It makes for a more far forward canted riding position. The adjustable footpegs are another nice touch. We preferred the footpegs in the lower setting, but if you wanted a little bit more ground clearance or are a shorter person, you can move those footpegs up a little bit.

Despite its stretched wheelbase with a nearly 2-inch-longer swingarm, it really cuts directions well. On track, it feels similar to a Hayabusa where it offers gobs of stability. You lean it over and you can punch the throttle and it isn’t doing anything crazy. It tracks splendidly.

The only downside is the front wheel feels kicked out so feel is not the best when you’re on the edge of the Bridgestones. We love the suspension on this motorcycle, especially for street riding. With over 5 inches of suspension travel, this bike sucks the bumps up well on the street. We’re not sold on the upside-down type rear suspension linkage that these MT-09 and XSR900s now employ, but they function well for street duty. On the racetrack it loses a little bit of its handling performance at speed, but then again, these bikes aren’t trackbikes, they’re streetbikes. And they flirt that line very well.

In typical Motorcyclist testing protocol we operated this motorcycle at night, and the LED headlamp does a very nice job of illuminating the road. I like that this vehicle comes with LED turn signals and an LED taillight.

Styling is one of our favorite features. We love how the Tuning Fork brand is paying homage to where it’s been. We appreciate the boxy-style seat junction and the shape of the 3.7-gallon fuel tank. This motorcycle has a lot of cool styling touches, like the quick-release fasteners. It makes you feel like you’re riding an old Yamaha bike.

The Legend Blue paint that Yamaha used to run on

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By: Adam Waheed
Title: 2022 Yamaha XSR900 Second Ride Review
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Published Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2023 19:22:25 +0000

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BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas

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BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas

Written by Barbara Toombs

Fremont Street in the heart of downtown Las Vegas.

Millions of visitors are understandably attracted to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas’ renowned Strip each year, where world-class resorts, casinos, shows and incredible dining options are the name of the game.

What many don’t realize is that there’s another fascinating side to the Entertainment Capital of the World, headlined by two cultural districts known simply as Downtown and Chinatown.

Downtown Las Vegas (also known as DTLV) is really where this unique desert city got its start. In 1931, construction began on what is now known as the Hoover Dam, attracting thousands of workers to a site just east of the city. To capitalize on this growing workforce, savvy businessmen began building casinos and showgirl venues along Las Vegas’ only paved road at the time: Fremont Street.

Today, DTLV is comprised of three distinct districts. Many visitors to the city are already familiar with one of them: the Fremont Street Casino District, which contains museums, restaurants and bars, as well as the original Las Vegas casinos, including El Cortez, Golden Nugget and Golden Gate. Here you’ll also find the renowned Fremont Street Experience, which debuted in 1995. This pedestrian-only thoroughfare is covered by a canopy of more than two million LED lights and a state-of-the-art sound system that comes to life every night for a spectacular sound and light show called “Viva Vision.”

The Arts District

A popular attraction in this district is The Mob Museum (the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement), which showcases intriguing tales and the age-old dichotomy of good guys versus bad guys. Explore at your own pace, go on a guided tour or uncover museum surprises as part of a group scavenger hunt. Want a literal “taste” of old-school Las Vegas? Plan to dine at Top of Binion’s Steakhouse, perched on the 24th floor of Binion’s Gambling Hall. The restaurant dates back to 1965 when it was known as Top of the Mint, the signature dining spot at The Mint hotel tower. The interior design (and menu – think steak, prime rib, lobster and even Baked Alaska) is a throwback to an earlier era when the mob ran much of Las Vegas, but the real draw is the spectacular view through dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows.

Built in 2002, the Fremont East Entertainment District (FEED) is a six-block area that stretches from Las Vegas Boulevard East to 8th Street and from Ogden Street South to Carson. FEED is pedestrian-friendly, offering diverse street life and many eateries, cafes, bars and lounges, as well as ample shopping opportunities and lively entertainment. A must-see attraction in this district is the Downtown Container Park – a dining, shopping and live music venue made of 45 colorful repurposed shipping containers, all fronted by a two-story, fire-breathing praying mantis who made its original debut at Burning Man. Nearby is the popular Bin 702 – one of many great dining choices in the area – featuring a great selection of beer and wine, as well as a tantalizing choice of charcuterie and cheese, sandwiches and small plates for sharing.

18b sign in The Arts District.

In recent years, The Arts District – or the 18b as it’s also known (a reference to it occupying 18 blocks of Downtown Las Vegas, loosely outlined by Commerce Street, Colorado Ave, Fourth Street and Hoover Avenue) – has been growing in popularity. Its monthly “First Friday” block party and art walk features food trucks and live music, serving as a backdrop for artists showing their works off at a variety of open-air and indoor galleries. These include The Arts Factory, home to over 30 artists and art galleries, and ArtSquare, a hip establishment that houses design stores, designer’s studios, wellness spots, and food and drink outlets. Behind The Arts Factory sits one of many great dining choices in The Arts District: Taverna Costera, serving up delicious Coastal Mediterranean fusion that draws inspiration from coastal Spanish, French, Italian and Greek cuisines and beyond.

Just a couple of miles east of the Strip, along Spring Mountain Road (roughly between Rainbow Boulevard and Interstate 15), lies the city’s amazing Chinatown, which has grown in leaps and bounds over the past two decades. Here you’ll find the largest collection of Asian businesses in Southern Nevada, including a multitude of authentic Asian restaurants, gift shops, a hair stylist, a reflexologist, home decor, an Asian supermarket and the only Chinese bookstore in Nevada.

At Chinatown’s heart is the enormous and ornate Chinatown Plaza, featuring a colorful, dragon-adorned, Tang Dynasty-inspired gate and gleaming

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: BEYOND THE STRIP: Discover the Cultural Gems of Las Vegas
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Published Date: Fri, 19 May 2023 18:07:14 +0000

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2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve

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2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve

This red 1967 Corvette custom coupe received a complete custom restoration at Springfield Motorsports in Peachland BC, Canada. The build consists of a completely new jig-mounted tube chassis with C4 corvette front upper and lower control arms riding on coilover shocks and power rack & pinion steering. The rear differential is a custom narrowed 9-inch Ford with aluminum Dale Gerry center section with Wilwood disc brakes on all 4 corners. Filling out the wheel wells are custom offset Fikse wheels.

K&S machine in Kelowna, British Columbia took the 454ci engine and machined it to 496ci it is equipped with Comp Thumper camshaft and 800cfm carburetor and it creates a true hot rod sound through the ceramic-coated exhaust. Lee Baxter upholstery created the one-off hand-stitched red leather interior with a rear storage area. It features Vintage Air, Digital gauges, power windows and a leather-wrapped vintage-style steering wheel.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: 2024 SCOTTSDALE AUCTION: 1967 Chevrolet Corvette Custom Coupe – No Reserve
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Published Date: Fri, 27 Oct 2023 15:52:01 +0000

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