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The Yamaha XSR900 is unchanged for 2023 but got a slight price bump to $10,199.
The Yamaha XSR900 is unchanged for 2023 but got a slight price bump to $10,199. (Yamaha Motor Europe/)

Ups

Loaded with features you’d expect on a much more expensive motorcycleHigh-quality fit and finish2022′s updates add refinement to an already-great package

Downs

Lack of compression damping adjustability on the rear shock limits performanceSeat adds to the look but too thin for longer rides

Verdict

The XSR900 combines YZF-R1-derived rider aids, a soulful three-cylinder engine, and stand-out styling. At $10,199, it undercuts the price of the competition while providing higher-tech rider aids and more features.

Yamaha borrowed design cues from its early-to-mid-’80s GP machines for its latest-generation XSR. The smooth, elongated tank feels just right with your knees tucked into the pockets, and Legend Blue paint looks amazing in the sunlight.
Yamaha borrowed design cues from its early-to-mid-’80s GP machines for its latest-generation XSR. The smooth, elongated tank feels just right with your knees tucked into the pockets, and Legend Blue paint looks amazing in the sunlight. (Adam Campbell/)

Overview

The 2023 Yamaha XSR900 is a mashup of the decades. It’s like a 1980s endurance racer was stolen from the paddock at Bol d’Or, left for dead in a French lockup until it was unearthed in the ‘90s by some punk kid who stripped it of its bodywork and turned it into a streetfighter, and then sold it to a genius hacker in the 2020s who tore out its carbs and implanted it with the latest superbike-derived electronics.

While some manufacturers give their retro-styled bikes minimal rider aids, believing potentially nostalgic consumers prefer a closer proximity to an analog experience, Yamaha has gone the opposite route in order to expand the bike’s appeal. In the same way, by diverging from the aggressive styling of the MT-09, upon which the XSR is based, Yamaha is hoping it appeals to a breadth of riders—from style-conscious young people nostalgic for the glory days to golden-agers who love the styling of their youths but have no patience for fiddling with carb jets.

Updated for 2022, the XSR is based heavily on the latest MT-09, sharing the same engine, electronics, and main frame, but it uses a longer swingarm, a different subframe, and has a few other changes to distinguish itself.

The XSR900 packs lots of technology, an engaging crossplane three-cylinder engine, and a dynamic-handling chassis into a cool, retro-leaning package. At $10,199, it has tremendous bang for the buck.

The XSR900 is a more refined package than the first generation, but it still knows how to have a good time.
The XSR900 is a more refined package than the first generation, but it still knows how to have a good time. (Adam Campbell/)

Updates for 2023

The XSR900 is unchanged for 2023, having just had a major overhaul for 2022.

Pricing and Variants

The 2023 XSR900 costs $10,199.

Competition

The XSR900 competes on the spec sheet with nakeds like Yamaha’s own MT-09 ($9,799), the Ducati Monster, Kawasaki Z900 ($9,399), Triumph Street Triple 765 R ($9,995), or even KTMs; there’s the KTM 790 Duke ($9,199) and 890 Duke R ($12,949).

That said, the growing popularity of retro motorcycles has spawned a large selection of modern, yet classically styled, machines. Examples include the Triumph Speed Twin 1200 ($12,895), Honda CB1000R Black Edition ($12,999), Kawasaki Z900RS ($11,949), and the BMW R nineT ($15,945).

Not only is the XSR900 less expensive than all of those models, it’s also better equipped with cruise control, a quickshifter, and full-LED lighting. It also has more advanced IMU-managed rider aids.

Almost every part of Yamaha’s 890cc three-cylinder engine was revamped in 2021, from the pistons and connecting rods to the crankshaft, camshafts, and crankcase. Ultimately, that’s the engine Yamaha would use in the XSR900 starting in 2022. Read More

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By: Cycle World Staff
Title: 2023 Yamaha XSR900
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/yamaha/xsr900/
Published Date: Fri, 14 Apr 2023 21:16:22 +0000

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AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Automobilia at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction

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AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Automobilia at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction
LOT #8296 – LATE-1950S/EARLY ’60S TEXACO OIL NEON PORCELAIN SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $36,800

From kiddie rides to colorful neon signs and gas globes to beautifully restored pumps, the Automobilia Auction at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction kicked off each morning with a burst of excitement before the main vehicle auction commenced. Transforming the arena into a nostalgic spectacle, these automotive pieces from bygone eras illuminated the space with their twinkling lights and vibrant décor. Scroll through this gallery to discover the most sought-after automobilia items sold at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction.

LOT #8296 – LATE-1950S/EARLY ’60S TEXACO OIL NEON PORCELAIN SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $36,800
Pictured above is a spectacular late-1950s/early ’60s Texaco Oil single-sided neon porcelain service station sign with animated neon. Each letter sequentially lights to spell out “Texaco,” then flashes. Field has been professionally restored to perfection.

LOT #8287 – 1928 POLLY GASOLINE WAYNE MODEL 615 VISIBLE GAS PUMP – $34,500
Impressive 1928 Polly Gasoline Wayne Model 615 10-gallon visible gas pump. Beautiful restoration with stunning colors and glass cylinder.
LOT #8299.1 – LARGE 1951 MOBIL OIL PORCELAIN PEGASUS SIGN WITH ANIMATED NEON – $33,350

Fabulous large 1951 Mobil Oil single-sided porcelain Pegasus service station sign with animated neon. Very clean example with just some minor touch-up. Hard-to-find left-facing version.

LOT #8283 – LATE-1950S POLLY OIL FUEL ISLAND WITH TWO WAYNE 505 GAS PUMPS – $31,050
Phenomenal late-1950s Polly Oil restored service station fuel island with two original Wayne 505 gas pumps. Restored to perfection. Fuel island base was custom-crafted to make this the ultimate piece for any car display.

$29,900

Stupendous 1940s-50s American Gasoline single-sided porcelain with neon service station sign. Face has been professionally restored. Animated neon (torch flickers). A wonderful patriotic sign from roadside America.

LOT #7283 – 1950S CHRIS-CRAFT WOODY SPEEDBOAT KIDDIE RIDE – $27,600
Extraordinary 1950s Chris-Craft Woody speedboat coin-operated kiddie ride. Stunning restoration with working lights, upholstered cockpit and more. Plays boating sounds when operating.
LOT #8272 – 1956 CHEVROLET CORVETTE SEBRING SPECIAL 2/3-SCALE CAR – $24,725
Iconic 1956 Chevrolet Corvette Sebring Special gas-powered 2/3-scale car. Custom-made with 107cc air-cooled motor with electric start and 3-speed clutchless manual transmission with reverse. Highly detailed. Large enough for adults, with a max speed of 35 mph.

LOT #8293 – 1940S-50S FLYING A SERVICE PORCELAIN WITH ANIMATED NEON SIGN – $24,150

Stunning and hard-to-find 1940s-50s Flying A Service single-sided porcelain with animated neon service station sign. Immaculately restored to perfection. Features animated neon that articulates to simulate flight.

$23,575

Immaculate 1951 Mobilgas single-sided porcelain with neon service station sign. Field is very clean with just some minor edge touch-up. Pegasus flashes on/off. Good-looking piece.

LOT #8297 – 1950S FORD A-1 USED CARS NEON SIGN – $20,700

Sharp 1950s Ford A-1 Used Cars single-sided dealership lot neon sign. Restored to day-one grandeur. A-1 blinks on/off.

$18,975

Impressive 1940s-50s Shell Oil Service Station Bennett Model #646 gas pump. Restored to highest possible standards! Nicely restored with one-piece milk-glass globe and porcelain pump plates.

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By: Barrett-Jackson
Title: AUCTION HIGHLIGHTS: Automobilia at the 2024 Palm Beach Auction
Sourced From: www.barrett-jackson.com/Media/Home/Reader/auction-highlights-automobilia-at-the-2024-palm-beach-auction/
Published Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2024 23:05:45 +0000

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A Review of the Honda CBR600RR We Don’t Get

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Despite prolific success both on track and in showrooms, in 2017 Honda pulled-the-plug on the CBR600RR in Europe. A maturing and fast-changing market allied to tightening EU emissions regulations made the decision relatively easy for the Japanese manufacturer, but sportbike fans from Madrid to Manchester were gutted because the CBR was a fantastic bike. A highly evolved RC213V for the masses; a pocket rocket that oozed HRC thinking and quality. It was missed.

Honda’s new CBR600RR for 2024, now Euro 5+ compliant and recently launched in Portimão, Portugal.
Honda’s new CBR600RR for 2024, now Euro 5+ compliant and recently launched in Portimão, Portugal. (Zep Gori, Ciro Meggiolaro/)

By 2021, however, there was hope on the horizon when Honda reintroduced the 600cc inline-four to the Japanese market, and bikes started to appear in racing—notably in World Supersport and on the roads at the Isle of Man TT, on bikes imported to the UK by Padgett’s Motorcycles. And now, finally, for 2024, Honda has decided to reintroduce it.

Quoting Honda Motor Europe, “The RR is the ideal bike to fill the gap in the CBR lineup between the CBR650R and the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade.”
Quoting Honda Motor Europe, “The RR is the ideal bike to fill the gap in the CBR lineup between the CBR650R and the CBR1000RR-R Fireblade.” (Zep Gori, Ciro Meggiolaro/)

Editor’s note I: this CBR600RR won’t be imported into the U.S. for the 2024 model year (read the Honda’s Updated 2024 CBR600RR Not Coming to America article). Interested in the previous version? Read and watch the 2020 Honda CBR600RR ABS MC Commute Review article and video.

New full-color 4.2-inch TFT screen with two options, Street and Circuit.
New full-color 4.2-inch TFT screen with two options, Street and Circuit. (Zep Gori, Ciro Meggiolaro/)

As you can imagine for a bike that has essentially been left untouched since 2017, there was a lot of work involved to bring it up to modern standards. The old CBR had no electronic rider aids, no clever six-axis IMU, no aero package, and didn’t even comply with now-obsolete Euro 4. But thankfully Honda has done it, and we flew to the very fast and demanding Portimão track in Portugal to put the reborn screamer through its paces.

Winglets have been designed to improve stability when the brakes are released.
Winglets have been designed to improve stability when the brakes are released. (Zep Gori, Ciro Meggiolaro/)

Last seen in Europe in 2017, the CBR600RR looked to be  passing into history. If you wanted to see one in recent times, the Honda Collection Hall at Motegi was increasingly likely to be the place. But rather than let it become a museum piece, Honda has dusted down its defining sport middleweight and completed the mammoth task of making it Euro 5+ compliant while preserving its legendary high-revving performance and delivering it to the street and track with state-of-the-art electronics on a par with the new 2024 CBR1000RR-R Fireblade.

Intake and exhaust completely new for 2024. Throttle bodies increase in size from 40mm to 44mm.
Intake and exhaust completely new for 2024. Throttle bodies increase in size from 40mm to 44mm. (Zep Gori, Ciro Meggiolaro/)

Editor’s note II: we last test rode the CBR1000RR-R during the 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP First Ride Review article and 2021 Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP MC Commute Review articles and videos.

Mixed conditions highlighted the new rider aids, controlled by a new Bosch six-axis IMU—same as the new 2024 Fireblade, recently launched in Europe. Read More

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By: Adam Child
Title: A Review of the Honda CBR600RR We Don’t Get
Sourced From: www.motorcyclistonline.com/reviews/honda-cbr600rr-first-ride-review/
Published Date: Mon, 22 Apr 2024 17:07:11 +0000

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1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder

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High-end luxury and sporting brands often have a tradition of creating a limited-edition halo product, something so special that it almost makes their core products seem commonplace by comparison. For Ferrari this tradition often involved naming the product after its intended market, beginning with the 212 Export of the early 1950s, which was intended for American privateer use and specified with a hotter mechanical set-up than the concurrent Inter cars bound for European homes.

Jasen Delgado ©2024 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

But Maranello’s supercar tradition was truly established with the 340 America, which offered well-heeled customers the opportunity to own a model made in smaller numbers, equipped with the ferocious Lampredi racing engine, and cosmetically trimmed to rival the finest luxury touring cars. This in turn led to the 342 and 375 America models, which segued into several series of large-bore Superamerica models.

Amidst this evolution of the Lampredi-based flagship models, in 1957 Ferrari more quietly took a similar approach with the Colombo-engine 250 GT model line. In an echo of the highly successful 250 GT Tour de France racing berlinetta, Ferrari began to offer a racing spider that was specifically conceived for the United States’ west-coast market. The 250 GT California Spider was equipped with race-bred mechanical components for the avid SCCA privateer, but many were trimmed with great panache, featuring high-quality leather interiors that belied the model’s true dual-use purpose. Built in a modest quantity of 106 examples through two different iterations on the long and short-wheelbase chassis, the 250 GT California Spider evolved into a verifiable legend, and is today regarded as one of the most collectible Ferraris ever built.

Jasen Delgado ©2024 Courtesy of RM Sotheby's

By the mid-1960s both the 250 GT platform and the large-bore Superamericas were essentially out of production. But Maranello had one more ace up its sleeve, a model that would basically combine the two concepts into one fabulous boutique product.

Exqusite Coachwork by Pininfarina

At the 1966 Geneva Salon, on Pininfarina’s stand, Ferrari unveiled a new open-top model built in the tradition of both the Superamerica and the California Spider. This top-shelf offering proved to be the final entry in Ferrari’s long and distinguished vintage tradition of building limited-edition

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By: Rex McAfee
Title: 1967 Ferrari 365 California Spyder
Sourced From: sportscardigest.com/1967-ferrari-365-california-spyder/
Published Date: Thu, 29 Feb 2024 08:40:18 +0000

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